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We are now inviting submissions for 2020 higher education estates forum 19-20 March’s seminar programme on addressing the issues in higher education estate development.

Theme: The challenges HE face delivering future estates and facilities


Topics to be covered:

Sustainability. With a rising awareness for the need for sustainability and students demanding transparency, how are UK universities demonstrating improved sustainability? Decarbonisation– how can we achieve carbon zero targets? Energy takes up 18.7% of total property costs. Demonstrate how to reduce output and costs.

Research hubs development has increased by 50,000 sq m to 900,000 sq m this year

Student accommodation

How can building design impact on student mental health across campus?

Sports facilities can be a huge draw for students – how can universities position themselves to compete?

Modern methods of construction – modular vs traditional?

Please email a brief outline of your proposal to

Speakers from the Higher education estates forum 2019

Why investment in sport and physical activity infrastructure matters. An insight into the motives, developments and opportunities at the University of Warwick
Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Director of Sport & Active Communities, University of Warwick & Andy Mytom, Partner, David Morley Architects
Recognising the importance of sport and active lifestyles on the health and wellbeing of the campus community, the University worked with David Morley Architects to create a strategy to realise its vision of being the most active campus in the UK.

This marked the beginning of journey to reimage the way sport and activity is integrated into built environment across the campus and the way it is delivered through technology, programmes and people.

The Sports & Wellness Hub, will be about to open marking a significant step towards the vision and god time to reflect on the journey so far.

Facilities that support wellbeing and mental health
Julie Lecoq , Consultant & Joyce Chan, Schoof , Head of Sustainable Design at HOK
HOK seeks to raise awareness on the significance of good design when curating the places, spaces and services which, either directly or indirectly, support the mental health and experience of students together with teachers whilst in higher education.

HOK will illustrate this presentation with project examples whereby wellbeing and mental health were central to the design. HOK will focus in particular on one of its current projects in North America, the Centre for Academic Medicine, where the key design goals are to inspire, rejuvenate, comfort and connect.

Your unique opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of Warwick University’s new £50m Sports hub
Tracey Francis, Director, LK2 Sport and Leisure

Universities and Colleges can play a vital role in future proofing Sport & Leisure as part of a city or county wide master plan.

Through a multi-agency approach including:- Local Authorities, Governing Bodies of Sport, and strategic sport and leisure agencies there is a great opportunity to review physical assets and sports engagement, helping create the campus of the future.

We understand the needs of Higher Education facilities in making an offer that provides the holistic approach to student life that is now being sought, the need to appeal to the elite, to mainstream students and linking to a wider approach through community involvement.

LK2 assist Universities and Colleges to maximise the use of their facilities through the combination of master planning, rationalisation, creation of multi-purpose facility provision in line with sustainable business and financial models.

We can raise the profile of an institution through aligning the campus to attract local, regional, national and international events. We use the benefit of our experience to increase sporting engagement on campus by students and community use. This can introduce Joint Ventures with Local Authorities, Businesses, and opens funding opportunities from Sporting National Governing Bodies to enhance facilities.

University Capital Investment In An Uncertain Funding Landscape

Richard James, National Higher Education Sector Manager, Willmott Dixon

Richard James, National Higher Education Sector Manager, Willmott Dixon will explore the political, legislative and policy challenges faced by universities and how this will impact future capital spending.

National Automotive Innovation Centre – University of Warwick

Peter Inglis, Practice Leader, Cullinan Studio & Mike Best, Senior Director, Turley

The National Automotive Innovation Centre is a unique coming together of higher education, university research and automotive research under one roof. it is a partnership between the University of Warwick, Jaguar Land-Rover and Tata Motors.

The presentation will outline the over-riding drivers for the centre; why it was important to build this forward-looking building within the university campus, and some of the unique challenges of this new building type.
It will explain the design process, the innovative use technologies from the automotive industry, and some of the construction innovations in the building.

How the Passivhaus Standard can help us reach Zero Carbon

Tom Heel, Deputy Head of Environmental Sustainability, Oxford University & Joel Callow, Technical Director, Qoda Consulting

Reducing the carbon footprint of buildings has become an urgent priority at a local, regional and national level, with a UK government target of 80% cuts by 2050. Getting UK buildings to zero carbon will be an enormous challenge, and some fresh thinking is needed. The Passivhaus Standard is a high-comfort, low-energy voluntary building performance code that has been proved to work repeatably. Hear perspectives from a lead client (Tom Heel, University of Oxford), and a leading designer (Joel Callow, QODA) about their experiences of using Passivhaus in the UK, and prospects for zero carbon Passivhaus buildings.

The New Old Town of Edinburgh. The Development of O’Shea Halls of Residence for post grad students at University of Edinburgh.

Rod Duncan, Design Director, jmarchitects

The O’Shea Hall Postgraduate Accommodation for the University of Edinburgh forms part of the UNESCO Edinburgh World Heritage Site. The project was conceived through a unique, locally sensitive and historically contextual response. Recognising the importance of health and wellbeing the development concept drove a requirement to ensure social interaction wherever possible. At the heart of this concept is an expansive communal kitchen and social space, top-lit by large rooflights which express themselves as prismatic forms in the landscaped courtyard above.
This project example highlights the requirement to provide a range of environments that supports the needs and experiences of the student as well as the wider community.

Limited complimentary places available