Discover What the UK’s Largest Education Spaces & Environments Event Has to Offer

Victoria Emerton – Education Estates®

Education Estates® 2019 supported by the Department for Education has: 100+ exhibitors, 130+ speakers, 2000+ expected attendees, 500+ expected awards dinner attendees and 5 Conference Stages.

Education Estates® 15-16 October at Manchester Central offers attendees advice and guidance for education buildings and sites, covering the repair and maintenance, including both indoor and outdoor spaces, and the planning, design and build of new education facilities.

The conference at Education Estates® this year is the biggest yet, featuring five parallel conference streams, housed on stages within the exhibition:  Schools, Colleges & Universities, Good Estate Management & FM, Architecture & Interiors, and Buildings Performance & Energy Efficiency.

By the Industry for the Industry

The Education Estates® conference programme is overseen by a group of education professionals from a range of backgrounds; architects, contractors, estates and facilities directors, and government representatives.  This group identifies the key issues and areas that the education sector is facing, and the programme reflects those topics, providing information and expertise to give delegates information in the form of examples of best practice, solutions and case studies to inform and guide them in the challenges that they face in their education setting.


Keynote speakers this year include Mike Green, Chief Operating Officer and Director General of Operations Group for the Department for Education, and Lara Newman, Chief Executive of LocatED, both of whom will open the conference on Tuesday 15th October.

RIBA President Professor Alan Jones will open the second day of the conference, with a Keynote presentation. There is something a bit different on the programme the afternoon of the second day in the form of a Keynote presentation by the mathematics legend Jonny Ball, taking us all back to school with:  Wonders Beyond Numbers, a Brief History of All Things Mathematical.

Department for Education

The Department for Education (DfE) is a long-standing supporter of Education Estates®, and this year will be contributing to several sessions in the conference, focussing on building performance, modern methods of construction, and estate management and strategic planning for new schools. Rory Kennedy, Head of Capital at DfE will give a Keynote presentation on the first day of the event, and DfE will also have a stand (F7) in the exhibition, enabling visitors to speak to DfE representatives direct. The Department for Education Sustainability Award sponsored by ENGIE will be announced at the event’s Awards Dinner at The Principal Hotel Manchester on Tuesday 15th October, and the winners and runners up will be part of the conference programme on the second day, in the Buildings Performance & Energy Efficiency Stage.

Tailored Sessions

The event is also fortunate to have links with other expert groups, including the Higher Education Design and Quality Forum (HEDQF), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), LocatED, the Water Management Society (WMSoc), and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), all of whom will be delivering tailored sessions within the conference.

LocatED’s session will cover how LocatED is working with the DfE to improve the efficiency of the school estate, including income generation from school buildings and land, unlocking surplus land and buildings for redevelopment, and improving the capability within Trusts of managing land and estates and planning for long-term maintenance of estate facilities.  CIPFA will announce the CIPFA Education Estate Working Group, which sees key stakeholders join forces to provide a coherent voice. Stakeholders include; The Trust Network, Catholic Education Service, Church of England Education Office, EBDOG, ISBL, ISBA, ASCL, CIPFA, RICS, and IWFM.


RIBA has two sessions – one looking at Innovation in Delivering Value, covering a range of topics – the pathway to a zero carbon school, the resistance to a multi-storey education building based on the associated practical and operational issues, despite the logical benefits of building in this model to save land usage, and delivering value through design.  A second RIBA-led session looks at RIBA technical updates, both an overview of the plan of work for 2019, and sustainable outcomes from the plan.

Conference Content

Within the main conference streams, subjects that will be covered this year are wide-ranging, covering a number of topics relevant across the education sector, or specific to a particular level of education provision.  On the Schools stage, these include planning, building and refurbishing schools, innovation and delivering value, design for manufacture and assembly, a Scottish and Welsh education spotlight, and a look at mixed use sites and high-rise schools.  Within the Colleges & Universities stage, the HEDQF will address the future of the sector, and student accommodation and the wellbeing of students will be discussed.  There is also a session on SEN, Mental Health & Wellbeing in HE and FE.  Funding and the future is an important topic that will be covered, in addition, technology in the estate, and Universities as urban regenerators will all be debated. Over on the Good Estate Management & FM stage there will be a session on good estate management in practice, including a behind the scenes look at masterplan delivery at Sheffield Hallam University.  Planning, and Compliance in fire safety, legionella risk assessment, and water quality in education settings will be covered, as well as security and access, with the Department for Education running a workshop on Good Estate Management. The Architecture & Interiors stage will host discussions on use of art in education, special educational needs, interiors, technology, RIBA Technical Updates, and design for manufacture and assembly.  The Buildings Performance & Energy Efficiency stage will cover sustainability, building services, energy saving, and a session on reduce, reuse, recycle, featuring the Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education (EAUC).  Conference speakers come from a range of backgrounds, all with direct expertise in the funding, design, build, management and maintenance of education facilities.


By attending Education Estates® you can source the latest industry products and services on offer, hear the latest thinking/advice/guidance all whilst networking with industry colleagues.

The exhibition and conference is free to attend for all those directly employed in schools, colleges, universities, national and local government (includes governors and independent schools).

Delegate rates apply for everyone else attending the conference (1-day pass: £205 + VAT or a 2-day pass: £285 + VAT).

The exhibition is free for all to attend and includes access to Keynotes, Buildings Performance & Energy Efficiency Stage and Architecture & Interiors Stage.

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