Education buildings achievements to be showcased at Glasgow conference

THE achievements of Scotland’s national hub programme in delivering education infrastructure will be celebrated at a conference in Glasgow next week.

The five regional hub companies have delivered a total of 151 new schools and nurseries to the value of £2 billion to date, with a further £310 million of education projects under construction and £524 million in development.

The public-private partnership bodies will come together for the Learning Places Scotland conference on 23rd November at the SEC Glasgow.

An independent report published earlier this year by EKOS Ltd found that the hub programme has performed well against its objectives, delivering ‘substantial’ social impacts and community benefits.

Peter Reekie, chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust, which manages the hub programme, said, “Since their inception, the five hub companies have worked with local authorities to deliver learning places which provide great environments for young people to thrive. All of those involved from the client teams and the hub companies themselves through their design and construction supply chains to the smallest SMEs should be proud of the outcomes they have delivered for the industry and local economies as projects have been successfully delivered, and for communities across Scotland through the buildings they have created.”

Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Scottish Government’s minister for higher education and further education, youth employment and training will give the keynote address at the conference. The theme of the event is ‘Scotland’s Learning Estate – Connecting People, Places and Learning’, which aims to support more collaboration around the planning and implementation of learning environments.