Discover the next generation of learning spaces

The Education Estates Show, which takes place 1-2 November in Manchester Central, focuses on the funding, design, build, management and maintenance of schools, academies, colleges and universities across the UK

Whether you are preparing for an upcoming project or looking for solutions and ideas to current challenges, Education Estates – the largest gathering of education buildings professionals from across the UK, will enable you to achieve your objectives.

Mike Green, director of ESFA Capital and DfE Commercial Education and Skills Funding Agency, says: “The Education and Skills Funding Agency is fully supportive of Education Estates. This is a key industry event for the sector which provides best practice, the sharing of ideas, and a platform for discussion and debate. “A key focus for 2017 is the drive for greater efficiency and better asset management.”

The Exhibition is a unique marketplace where manufacturers and providers can meet decision-makers and specifiers, make new contacts, generate leads and new product ideas, and identify current and emerging opportunities in the education sector.

The conference features over 90 speakers, with specialist content streams for schools, colleges & universities and asset management and maintenance. Lively and authoritative, it’s the professional gathering for everyone concerned with education’s built environment.


This year’s sessions include: Designing Educational Spaces for Young People with Autism, with Lucy Healy, architect at HLM Architects; Designing for Efficiency with Paul Gott, practice team leader for architecture, Atkins; Designing Knockroon with Rupert Goddard, partner at Sheppard Robson; Achieving an “Outstanding” Level of Consistency Across the Tauheedul Estate with David Holland, executive director: Capital Programmes – Tauheedul Education Trust and Robert Paterson, senior project manager at Turner & Townsend.

Other sessions include: The Science Centre, Uppingham School with John McRae, Co‑Owner, Orms; The School Sites Challenge – Design and Build Implications with Claire Jackson, education director at Galliford Try; New School in the Green Belt – How We Did It with Jeremy Hinds, planning team director at Savills; Designing for Learning in Urban Contexts with Richard Sharp, director at Rock Townsend; and School Estate Management – What Does “Good” Look Like?

This is a joint EFA Capital presentation by Catherine Jenkins, head of capital efficiency and capability and Victoria Baker, head of strategic projects and casework.

To view the full two‑day conference programme and the speaker list go to


The Exhibition is free to all visitors and delegates. The conference is complimentary or those directly employed in schools, colleges, universities, national and local government (includes governors and independent schools). Delegate rates apply for everyone else wishing to attend the conference.

Exhibitors enabling the creation of the next generation of learning spaces include: Armstrong Ceilings, ATKINS, Caledonian Modular, Dulux Smarter Spaces, Ecophon, Elliott Group, Faithful+Gould, Forbo Flooring, Galliford Try, Heckmondwike FB, Kingspan Insulation, LHC, Mars Drinks, McAvoy Group, Net Zero Buildings, PAGABO, Pegasus Group, Profile 22, Radmat Building Products, Sports Facilities Group, Screwfix, The Garland Company, Thorlux Lighting, Trend Control Systems, Turner & Townsend, VELUX, and many more.

The annual Education Estates Awards Dinner takes place on the first night of Education Estates at The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly.

The night is a fantastic occasion celebrating excellence and achievement in the education sector with the prestige and glamour of a Black Tie event. The After Dinner Speaker is John Simonett who is a former schoolmaster and sportsman.

He obtained a First Class Honours degree from Bristol University, majoring in psychology, and achieved the rare distinction of captaining a Scottish rugby team to a victory over England (albeit at the U19 Group level).

Nov 1 2017 to Nov 2 2017
The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly