Learning spaces live

Published:  23 June, 2009

LONDON: The organisers of BETT and Interbuild are collaborating to launch two new regional Building Schools for the Future (BSF) shows. The announcement follows a recent report by Glenigan confirming that education project starts rose by 14% last year with a further 12% increase forecast for 2010.

The new Learning Spaces Live events will enable companies involved in the fastest growing area of the construction sector to tap the huge surge of investment currently going into primary, secondary and tertiary education.

The first show, co-located with Civils at London Earls Court on 25-26 November, will offer delegates the opportunity to network, learn and share best practice across the supply chain. Visitors will be able to gain free access to both shows. Its sister event, hosted at Manchester Central (formerly the G-Mex), will take place on 1-2 February next year.

Rob Lozowski, commercial director for Civils, says: "There's a steep learning curve many stakeholders are going through right now to ensure the new learning environments are fit for purpose. What better way to improve that process than by bringing local authorities, PFI investors, advisors and educationalists together with specialist specifiers and contractors?"

The main conference programme at Learning Spaces Live (London) will address a range of key issues including, the creation of sustainable schools, operating and managing PFI schools as well as retrofitting and remodelling.

The show will also feature 6-8 seminar areas related to key BSF topics where event partners are invited to offer their insights and thought leadership expertise. Other firms will also be able to benefit from networking opportunities and exhibit products and services.

Mr Lozowski adds: "85% of companies we recently polled said they wanted to stage their own seminar content and a majority of those also preferred a London-based event. The South East has a high concentration of schools and is likely to benefit most from the BSF investment, but the regions are investing heavily too which is why we're also introducing a Manchester show."

With every UK local authority already, or about to become, involved in the BSF process, Learning Spaces Live promises to offer practical solutions to the challenges currently faced by stakeholders in education.

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