Discover the Future of Learning Spaces

This year and for one year only, the UK’s Learning Spaces event – Education Estates® 12-16 October, 2020 – goes digital in partnership with the Department for Education, to enable attendees safe involvement from either their homes or places of work.

Education Estates® Digital Week will have 70+ Webinars featuring 100+ speakers, 50+ exhibitors, 800+ delegates anticipated, an interactive floorplan, ‘Sector Insight’ Webinars hosted by exhibitors & sponsors, awards ceremony and a whole host of networking activities. 

Department for Education:

The Department for Education is pleased to continue its long-standing involvement in Education Estates®. Our vision is to provide world-class education, training and care for everyone, whatever their background. It will make sure that all children and young people have the chance to reach their potential and live a more fulfilled life. Investment in the school and college estate is crucial to transforming education for thousands of pupils, and the recent announcement by the Prime Minister of an ambitious, ten-year rebuilding programme – along with planned investment in FE colleges being brought forward – represents a step-change in this endeavour.

As the genuine need to replace many school buildings with modern, energy efficient designs is recognised in this way, Education Estates®is a key event for us to engage and share our plans with the industry and gain its feedback. At this year’s Education Estates® Digital Week, we will be contributing to several of the key themes, including: capital, condition, building performance, good estate management, modern methods of construction, zero carbon and more. The DfE Sustainability Award will be announced at the Education Estates® Digital Awards Ceremony, recognising and celebrating the best in education buildings’ operation and management. So, join my colleagues and I at Education Estates® Digital Week and discover the future of learning environments.” – Rory Kennedy, Director of Capital, Department for Education (DfE).

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • BARONESS BERRIDGE OF THE VALE OF CATMOSE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System 
  • RORY KENNEDY, Director of Capital, Department for Education 
  • GHAZWA ALWANI-STARR, Pro-Vice Chancellor Strategy, Planning and Partnerships and Director of Property – University of London, & Chair – HEDQF 

Conference Webinars Include: 

Gen Zero – better school buildings – Crawford Wright, Head of Architecture and Design, Department for Education 

The Department for Education (DfE) supported by the Construction Innovation Hub is developing ideas for the next generation school buildings in England. 

GenZero is a £1.8m research and development programme, set up to investigate potential new solutions for carbon zero secondary school buildings, utilising standardisation and digital technologies. 

The research work will support the DfE in achieving designs and standards that are sustainable, enable off-site construction, and help meet the ambitious UK’s 2050 carbon targets. The programme is a ideas project for wider government aspirations of standardisation and increased productivity.   

The project will be completed in early 2021. 

Net Zero Carbon – is Passivhaus the answer? Allan Smith – Morrison Construction, Alex Donaldson – Scott Brownrigg and Neil McIntyre – West Lothian Council 

As part of the West Lothian Council Early Years programme Morrison Construction (Galliford Try) are providing two new Early Years Centres at St. Mary’s Bathgate and Blackridge Primary Schools to compare the benefits of using Passivhaus standards. Whilst spatially identical, the two buildings, designed by Scott Brownrigg, will be built to follow two different sets of environmental performance criteria. The presentation shall discuss all aspects of the twinned designs, through design, procurement, construction and in-use performance monitoring as well as how user behaviours can impact and influence design and operation. 

To view the full conference programme go to


The digital conference is complimentary for those directly employed in schools, colleges, universities, government and local authorities (includes governors and independent schools).  

The following delegate rate applies for everyone else wishing to attend Education Estates® Digital Week

  • £149.00 + VAT for Standard Rate.  

Please note that all registrations will be verified by the organiser and anyone not deemed as public sector will be contacted to amend their registration.    


When choosing to exhibit at Education Estates®, you will receive both Education Estates®Digital Week exposure this October and Education Estates® 2021, maximising on branding exposure, lead generation and thought leadership. 

To view the floorplan and to book a stand contact Rebecca on 01892 779995 or


Education Estates® Awards goes digital for one year only and will take place on Thursday 15 October 2020 from 18:00-19:00. The annual Education Estates® Awards Ceremony Celebrates Excellence & Achievement in Education. 

Register Your Place: 

For more information and to register go to  

With Thanks:

Education Estates® Digital Week is sponsored by; Arcadis, Atkins, Galliford Try & Space Zero.  

Education Estates® Digital Week is supported by; Higher Education Design Quality Forum, LocatED, RIBA, The Modular & Portable Building Association & The Trust Network