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Places and Spaces for Learning 24 APRIL 2014 THE COSLA CONFERENCE CENTRE, EDINBURGH



JOHN FYFFE ADES and Perth & Kinross Council

MIKE BUCHANAN Morrison Construction

Places and Spaces for Learning In these austere and ever changing times Scotland’s school, college and university estates and campuses are under more pressure than ever to deliver places and spaces for learning which not only create an environment in which academic excellence can thrive but which can also provide viable, sustainable places for public usage. Whether this is through the provision of sports facilities or libraries or other services our places for learning are the community hubs of the future. Like other nations we have many major agendas to address including an ambitious and progressive new educational framework in The Curriculum for Excellence, the changing role of Colleges in the community, college mergers as well as a diverse range of University estates challenged with creating centres of research and academic excellence in historic buildings which are subject to planning restrictions. Another key point for debate is what defines a good school, college or university; is it an environment which nurtures academic excellence, facilities which nurture and bring out the best in our young people on a practical level, the role of the facility within the community or simply the cost per square foot. Various agencies, institutions, organisations and individuals have differing views on this. This conference aims to address and discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities outlined above through a variety of expert speakers and thought leaders from both the public and private sectors.

SPECTRUM EVENTS Spectrum Events produce conferences addressing issues and developments within a variety of fields including sustainability, planning, place making, construction, funding, communities, the environment and regeneration. Our events are designed to allow delegates to be informed on the issues in question by thought leaders and industry experts and also to engage with a variety of other stake holders and potential partners from across all the relevant industries and sectors to our subject matter. Our events, therefore, serve as genuine drivers for new business and new partnerships through wider cross-sector and inter-disciplinary interaction.

Who should attend this event? This event is of great relevance to: • Heads of schools, colleges or university estates • Directors and Heads of Education • Finance professionals within the education sector • Teachers • Architects • Planners • Engineers • Representatives of Government agencies working within the education, planning or building sectors • Representatives of Scottish Government departments working within the education, planning or building sectors • Representatives of local government departments working within the education, planning or building sectors







11:30 Educational Acoustic Environment and Future Sustainable Buildings Prof Sean Chris Steel Smith Institute for Steel, Sustainable and Chris Construction, Institute for Edinburgh Sustainable Napier University Construction, Edinburgh Napier University

13:50 Community benefits of school and college facilities Tom ForthGorman, Valley College Director of Estates Development, Representative

Understanding Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education



Introduction from Chair Craig Mclaren, RTPI Scotland The function of our primary and secondary school estates John Fyffe, Chairman of ADES and Education Director at Perth and Kinross Council Curriculum for Excellence and new demands on the secondary school estate TBC

10:10 The changing needs of University/College campuses Prof. Mike Manion, Vice Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University 10:30 Construction Case study private sector Michael Buchanan, Director of Education, Morrison Construction

Key areas for innovation in design and technology

Wider impacts; funding and the role of modern estates in the community

Forth Valley College

14:10 Finding finance for new builds and retrofit Christopher Owens, Associate, tbc Pinsent Masons

11:50 The challenges and opportunities of retrofitting Jessica Snow, Roger Curtis, Senior Technical Officer Historic Scotland Historic Scotland

12:10 Matching aspirations with delivery Maureen Denningberg, Dalry Primary School, Ayrshire 12:30 Architecture or technology case study TBC

14:30 Ensuring the right skills for the future Phil Ford, CITB Construction Skills 15:00 Q&A 15:30 Closing remarks from the Chair 15:40 Close

12:50 Q&A 13:10 Lunch

10:50 Q&A 11:10 Break

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This event will look at Scotland's places for learning and their changing role while providing an opportunity for the sharing of best practi...