Industry Solutions Programme

NEW at Education Buildings Scotland 2018 is the ‘Industry Solutions‘ programme, which is  independent of the main conference and hosted by our exhibitors.
These sessions will be taking place in the Moffat Room which is adjacent to the Education Buildings Scotland exhibition hall and are free-to-attend for all.
If you’re an exhibitor and interested in booking a session contact Rebecca on or 01892 518877 for further information.

Day 1: Wednesday 21 November

11:15 - 11:45

Building futures // forward-thinking spaces to learn

Spaces to inspire need to be exciting, different and challenge the status-quo. Buildings engineered by Portakabin do just that. Our solution allows delivery of larger and more efficient teaching spaces than normal; and can be specifically designed to meet the users requirements. By bridging various construction methods, we can create inspiring, modern spaces with the power to transform lives. Light, bright modern environments, specifically designed and engineered to provide the best possible experience for the users.   Regardless of the method, the award-winning Global Academy has an iconic, futuristic design which has created an inspiring environment for learning. A spectacular roof-lit central atrium provides a dynamic circulation space and focal point for the college. There is a sculptural “criss-cross” feature staircase and a high level of natural light available to the students and staff through the significant amount of glazed walls to the classrooms. Global Academy was designed, engineered and constructed by Portakabin together with our design partners Surface to Air. This state-of-the-art hybrid building has not only challenged the perception of Portakabin, but also created a visionary new academy with unique facilities to help young people develop practical and technical skills for the broadcast/digital media industries. It is EPC ‘A’ rated and was engineered to generate 35% less carbon than required by current regulations – a major achievement which was made possible by all stakeholders engaging together at the conception stage, all the way through to completion. What many people don’t realise is that our buildings can be technically complex and architecturally designed, and working with clients from an early feasibility stage we can ensure that cost and programme targets come to fruition. Education is the first sector to benefit from our innovation, but it’s not the last – the possibilities are endless!


  • Alan Hyde Regional Educational Specialist - Portakabin

15:00 - 15:45

Myopia and Daylight in Schools: a Neglected Aspect of Public Health?

From the end of the 19th century good daylighting was widely believed to prevent children’s sight being damaged as they went through school.  In the 1960s medical opinion changed and daylighting schools to protect eyesight stopped. However, recent scientific findings suggest it may be time to start again. Dr Richard Hobday, an independent researcher and author who has published widely on the impacts of sunlight, will discuss the growing body of research that supports better daylight in schools to address Myopia. Inspired by the need for improved daylight engineering Wai Cheung, Specification Development Manager from VELUX Modular Skylights will present options & assistance available to designers - to maximise effective daylight for schools.


  • Dr. Richard Hobday Independent researcher and author of the impacts of sunlight and daylight on human health
  • Wai Cheung Specification Manager - VELUX Commercial Skylights