Get involved and join our virtual Forum

This year’s education building virtual forum is approaching fast – but if you’ve not signed up yet, there’s still time to join us for the event, which takes place online on April 27 and 28.

As well as interesting talks in the seminar sessions held at the start of each day, there are pre-arranged one-to-one meeting opportunities for building owners and suppliers, architects and contractors to exchange ideas and develop their supply chain options in a highly business-efficient environment. 


The seminar’s theme is all about thriving in a post-Covid world. We’ll be looking at how to achieve healthy and sustainable schools and colleges which will deliver better learning opportunities for all.

To provide insights and top-level market intelligence, we’ve lined up a great list of speakers, who include:


Chris Swinburn, Associate sustainability, QODA Consulting and Matt Tarling, Stride Treglown – with their presentation “Passivhaus for large scale student accommodation”.

Their talks examines a project located on the University of West England’s Frenchay campus, which is set to become the largest Passivhaus development in the UK, and one of the largest in the world. The presentation will look at UWE’s journey toward adopting the Passivhaus  standard, the benefits this approach brings compared to other sustainability strategies, and some of the challenges and opportunities faced by the scheme so far.


Claire Barton, Partner, Haverstock – with her presentation “The Outdoor School”


The architects Haverstock and Cottrell & Vermeulen have come up with a new model primary school in response to changing regulations in relation to the environment, the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and the positive value of biophilic design on children.  Their new school is completely naturally ventilated and based on outdoor circulation linking classrooms under a canopy – perfect for responding to the current needs in education design.


Stuart Henderson, Head of Operations, GSA (Global Student Accommodation) – with his presentation “How key learnings from the past year can be used to shape accommodation providers’ future offerings”


There have been numerous challenges posted by the pandemic, but with the end of restrictions finally in sight, accommodation operators must be prepared to take stock of the challenges presented.  Stuart provides expert commentary on how those in the sector can use key learnings from the past 12 months as an opportunity to further improve their offering to students across the UK.


Ed Hunt, National Facilities Manager, UK Athletics – with his presentation “Sport facilities – how to get our students more active”


With physical activity now more important than ever, England Athletics, Midstream Lighting, Polytan and LK2 are working together to create innovative solutions for education providers to develop sport & physical activity facilities. The collaboration has brought together world-leading in facilities design: Polytan UK has over 50 years of experience in sports/play surfacing; Midstream is a sports lighting specialist; and the LK2 Group is a designer of the UK’s first Athletics Exploratorium, a Danish concept, whereby athletics facilities double as a ‘playground’ for runners.  


And Stephen Wightman, Head of MMC at Faithful & Gould – with his presentation “Modular vs traditional construction”

Several other high-profile speakers are to be confirmed shortly.


The education building virtual forum offers built-environment professionals the chance to learn at first-hand what’s really happening in the estates of education across the country world. It’s the perfect opportunity for building owners and suppliers, architects and contractors to get together and make up for time lost during the pandemic.


 To learn how you can be part of it, contact Sue Ramcharan (  or Julian Walter ( 0208 288 1080 

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