Peter Lauener and Paul Morrell headline Building Future Education UK 2012 Conference2012 is the start of a new era for education buildings, a whole raft of schemes ranging from Priority Schools to Basic Need are set to transform education with a new generation of unprecedented projects. BFE is the only event dedicated to covering the fast-changing world of school, college and university building in full.
Building Future Education (BFE), formerly known as BSEC, will take place on May 9 - 10 at the Business Design Centre in London. Over the two days BFE will bring together top level Central Government, Local Authority, University Estates, Schools and construction industry figures for an intensive bout of information gathering and networking. It features a conference, dinner and free to attend exhibition that tackles the major issues facing the industry and showcases the latest products and services.
A new event, BFE is set to launch in similar circumstances to the event it replaces. A completely new schools programme is in the offing, optimism is building, and the need to discuss, debate and gather information about the future of school buildings is greater than ever. BFE will cover many contemporary issues facing the sector -- Priority schools, project finance, standardisation and sustainability to name but a few.
Back in 2006 when BSEC launched, it featured a new programme -- BSF -- being delivered by a new organisation -- Partnerships for Schools (PfS). Now PfS has been replaced by the Education Funding Agency and is set to oversee a suite of new schools and projects -- PSBP, free schools, academies, UTCs and Studio Schools. This new project landscape will be explored via a variety of keynote speeches, panel debates and detailed case studies at BFE.
BSEC always had a close relationship with PfS and this continues with the EFA, senior figures from the EFA including Peter Lauener, Mairi Johnson, and Anthony Walker will be speaking at the event, dealing with policy, design and the surveying practicalities of setting up PSBP.
Information on the various types of new school is vital -- these involve pioneering learning environments needing new designs and building services specs. BFE will explore the new challenges posed by UTCs, Studio Schools and Free Schools in detail with case studies and a group presentation involving experts such as Will Alsop, Ian Cleland and Jane Ware.
While new schools grab the headlines, what's the future for mainstream school projects? A first insight into the post-James review world will be given by the Campsmount School case study featuring insights from the contractor, local authority and headteacher.
With the need for low running costs, low carbon buildings are coming into their own -- BFE is packed with sustainability-related content, including a keynote speech from Sir Jonathon Porritt, a sustainability panel debate led by ex-chair of the ZCTF Robin Nicholson CBE, and a seminar on the green-retrofit programme.
Other key topics include:
- The government construction strategy and how it relates to schools -- by Government chief construction adviser Paul Morrell
- The future of education finance -- how does project finance work post-credit crunch? Including experts such as Tim Byles, Laughlan Waterston of SMBC and Nick Prior of Deloitte
- iLearning -- how mobile devices can transform learning and the use of school buildings -- featuring Steve Moss ex BECTA and PfS and Richard Everett of Essex County Council.
For more detailed information on the conference programme and to register for the exhibition, please visit our website www.bfeuk.com
15% discount for BCSE members to attend the Conference - just add the discount code BCSE15 when you book your place at www.bfeuk.com/register