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Seminar Theme: Back to school – new design development plans post COVID 

Topics to be covered: 

  • Designing for wellness and increased learning outcomes
  • Student accommodation trends
  • Sustainable design – reaching carbon zero targets
  • Outdoor learning – the new norm?
  • Flexible/adaptable classrooms
  • Sport facilities – how to get our students more active
  • Plans for Scottish education schools development

We are open to proposals, please email a short synopsis to [email protected] by 8th November. 


education building forum Scotland Speakers 2021

‘Reuse and adaptation – the Learning and Teaching Building, Glasgow’

Martin Jarvie, Architect Associate, BDP

The Learning and Teaching Building for the University of Strathclyde (completed in 2021) demonstrates how unloved and deteriorated buildings can be cleverly adapted to deliver a transformational change in student experience.

‘Delivering ESG Through Procurement’

Kevin Laing, BSc MRICS, Associate Director, AECOM

Kevin will present on how the golden thread of sustainable procurement can be seen through ESG – Environment, Social Governance. He will discuss the key pillars of procurement: enhancing governance; achieving net zero carbon emissions; improving social outcomes; developing assets using circular economy principles and strengthening resilience against impact of climate change.  He will illustrate how AECOM establish a clear definition of value by using the Value Toolkit on all their projects and manage their performance using this tool also; calculate a realistic baseline; develop a model that obligates suppliers to deliver sustainably and ensure evaluation criteria incentivises suppliers to prioritise proposals which delivery value within these project baselines.

‘Recent Advances in Building Standards’

Stephen Garvin, Head of Building Standards, Scottish Government: Building Standards Division

The presentation will cover recent changes and work in progress on building standards.  In particular it will address the ongoing reviews of energy and fire safety standards and what this might mean for those designing and construction education and health care buildings. 

Our Heat in Buildings Strategy sets out our vision for decarbonising heat, setting out the scale of the investment opportunity and supporting our green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.  Our energy proposals seek to deliver further improvement to the energy efficiency of new buildings and new building work, in line with our wider net zero ambitions.

‘Net Zero Public Sector Buildings Standard’

Jamie Goth, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust

The Scottish Government’s Net Zero Public Sector Buildings Standard is a voluntary standard that public bodies in Scotland are choosing to apply to their new build and major refurbishment projects.

The Standard Document Suite was published during COP26 and is now available for ambitious authorities to ensure that their projects comply with their climate emergency declaration commitments and net zero deadlines.

The presentation will provide an overview of the Standard, what it’s for and how to get involved.