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Speakers at ebfs 2019
Scotland leading the way in educational facilities

Future-proofing landscape design : The Currie Community High School

Natalie Murray, Technical Director Landscape Architect, Wardell Armstrong

Natalie discusses her involvement in the Currie Community High School in Edinburgh. The presentation focuses on how and why the unique brief for a combined Educational and Community facility has proven so robust through the changing landscape of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new School integrates Education with Community Facilities in a large interactive campus. This aims to create a flexible, multi-functional and sustainable space where pupils can grow as an active part of the world around them.

The flexible, indoor-outdoor approach to the school has proven a valuable template and we hope to share our lessons learnt in this presentation.


early years provision; the first step in a new world

Henry McKeown, Design Director, jmarchitects.

The brains of three-five year-olds develop in extraordinary ways and at pace. They are very open to everything they see, hear, smell, taste and touch and all this sensory stimulation is education.

The Scottish Government pledge to increase free pre-school education of three-five year-olds from 600 to 1,140 hours per year has resulted in a requirement to double early years space across the country.

This short talk illustrates how East Renfrewshire Council has responded to give all pre-school children in their authority area ‘the best start in life’.

Interior design & the importance of a nurturing environment and space for early years

Lesley McMillan – Society of British & International Design – Pamela Briggs – Corstophine Primary School 

Lesley & Pamela have collaborated on the design of learning spaces and more recently the development of a toolkit and research based on this subject with kindness and inclusivity as key considerations.

Their presentation considers Interior architecture and design considerations in nurturing & inclusive learning spaces from the perspective of an interior designer and a Head teacher.

Conservation Projects at Glasgow and Stirling

John Sanders, Partner, Simpson & Brown

The presentation will share the University of Glasgow’s proposals for the £1bn capital investment in the Gilmorehill campus and how this is acting as a catalyst for development of the West and Waterfront Innovation District.

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