For those managing our Education Estates

Those responsible for designing, building, maintaining and funding our schools are facing huge challenges. Education Estates, taking place on the 18-19 October at Manchester Central, aims to provide the solutions to the challenging issues. Education Business looks ahead to this year’s show as well as some of the highlights from the November 2015 showpiece.

Whether you are looking at adding new buildings, considering refurbishing existing buildings or ongoing maintenance work Education Estates Conference & Exhibition is here to help you. Education Estates is the only event of its kind in the UK, covering the primary, secondary, further and higher education sectors.

The Conference features over 90 speakers, with specialist content streams for schools, colleges and universities. Lively and authoritative, it’s THE professional gathering for everyone concerned with education’s built environment. New for 2016 will be a dedicated conference stream for maintenance supported by the Education Funding Agency.

The Exhibition is free to all visitors and delegates. The Conference is free for those directly employed in schools, colleges, universities and local authorities (includes governors and independent schools).

Those responsible for designing, building, maintaining and funding our schools, academies, colleges and universities face huge challenges. But wherever they are in the project lifecycle, they’ll find the solutions at Education Estates 2016.
The annual Education Estates Awards & Dinner is a fantastic networking opportunity for exhibitors, speakers, visitors and delegates – and a great night out, too! This year, it will be held in Manchester’s prestigious Hilton Hotel.

Exhibiting at Education Estates gives you unprecedented access to estates and facilities directors, heads of education, local authorities, architects, contractors, governors, advisers and head teachers from across the UK. The Exhibition is split 50/50 between products and services, maximising opportunities for exhibitors, and value for visitors.

It’s your chance to showcase your latest products and services, innovations and advice to senior decision-makers and specifiers delivering new-build, refurbishment and maintenance projects throughout the UK.

The 2015 event
Speaking of last years show, a Project Delivery Officer from South Gloucestershire Council Property Services said: “The Education Estates Conference was a very well run event with very interesting, informative and forward thinking speakers. The speakers were of good quality, very experienced and committed with an approach which was refreshing and energising. I would recommend it to those in buildings and education, you can learn here.”

The 2015 Schools Conference session included Tony Dolan of Curtins discussing ‘Transport and access issues for school construction projects’ and Gareth Woodfin, HLM, discussing inclusion in a session entitled ‘Challenges faced in designing facilities to accommodate both mainstream and special education needs under one roof and how they were overcome to provide an inclusive learning environment for the local community’.

Additionally, delegates heard from Will Wareing from Girls’ Day School Trust in a session titled ‘Irresistible Learning: How spaces can support pedagogy’ and AG Real Estates’s Philippe Monserez tackling ‘PPP: Schools of Tomorrow’. Jon James, Scott Brownrigg, concluded the schools part of the conference, discussing the importance of understanding people when designing schools.

As part of the Colleges & Universities Conference session, Aaron Taylor addressed changing space requirements in a talk called ‘Building communities for student living’.

Additionally, Lyndsay Smith of Morgan Sindall covered ‘An innovative approach to low carbon construction’ and Mark Sidding explored ‘Enhancing student experience through estate development’.

Richard Jobson addressed sustainability in a session titled ‘The challenges facing the 21st century university estates, before Chris Pattison delved into campus design, with Jason Challender of Leeds City College completing the conferences with a session on masterplanning and strategy. The 2016 Conference list, due to be announced later in the year, has a lot to live up to.

For information about stand availability and prices, please contact Jay Stacy or James Lee 01892 518877.

Further information

Supplier Focus


Education is our heritage, for five decades we’ve been providing better value to 30,000 schools. By working with a variety of leading UK suppliers to provide you with a large range of good quality products and services, from art supplies, curriculum products, furniture and EdTech products, to supporting you in setting up compliant contracts for things like electricity, utilities, and cleaning. We can provide you with everything you could possibly need, making it easier for you.