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

12:00 - 12:30

Future proofing your education interiors whilst keeping in mind the health and well-being of staff, pupils and visitors

For more than 70 years and in more than 100 countries, GERFLOR is an expert and world-leader in its’ field thanks to its’ technical, decorative and high-performance flooring solutions. GERFLOR’s history has always been underpinned by innovation and GERFLOR is recognised as an industry pioneer. GERFLOR will showcase its’ world class durable and sustainable flooring solutions for all areas of an education facility including indoor applications from classrooms, to corridors, to dining and sports halls as well as outdoor play. Participants will also be presented with several case studies and an update on the GERFLOR added value services including free site surveys and technical assistance for refurbishment and new build projects. The seminar will focus on how to future proof your education interiors and will present solutions that offer optimum safety, hygiene, comfort and performance alongside presenting the design led collections.


12:45 - 13:15

AkzoNobel Transforming Learning Spaces – Designing environments for better education experiences and outcomes

We are championing occupant and outcome centred specification within the Education sector, which means that effectively for every £1 spent on designing or refurbing a school from their maintenance budget, the school can be confident that they are investing this spend to positively impact student performance. Our holistic approach encourages design solutions that unlock the power of colour beyond the aesthetics - in combination with light, texture, and views of nature as key components of enriched environments that enable teachers and learners in schools to reach for better learning outcomes and experiences. Following a successful collaboration with School, Students and Teachers network (SSAT), we published our Dulux Trade, Smarter Spaces Schools Colour & Design case studies. The nine studies revealed a range of positive outcomes following our design input and redecoration implementation; teachers were able to incorporate a variety of lesson and teaching formats within previously neglected and unloved spaces - whilst witnessing those zones in the school transform into high demand, multi-use, vibrant and vital resources. In addition, schools reported encouraging shifts in both student engagement and behaviours. In this discourse, we will share Dulux Trade Schools evidence-based design principles and provide guidance about current practice, revealing those design ‘blind spots’ that can hinder student concentration, focus and general wellbeing.


14:15 - 14:45

Shaping Quality Through Stem

Kier Construction, in this presentation, will explore how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a fundamental constituent of today’s construction industry. We will demonstrate how new technologies are raising the quality bar on Kier’s construction sites and compliment the principles of behavioural quality that are instilled in our teams. We will also demonstrate how STEM is applied in the classroom to whet the appetite of pupils to consider a career in construction and how STEM also forms an integral part of our industry leading initiative, Shaping Your World, which is a campaign designed to challenge public perceptions of construction and demonstrate the diversity of quality careers available in construction by specifically engaging with Generation Z (11-15 year olds).