Capita Symonds at BSEC 2011

23 February 2011

Day one at the UK’s leading school design conference at ExCeL

The first day at BSEC 2011 began in suitably controversial style as Toby Young, the leading light of the free schools movement, detailed the myriad trials and labyrinthine bureaucracy faced by groups of parents endeavouring to set up their own free school. Young railed against the opponents of the free schools programme as he spoke of the battle to set up a new school in Hammersmith which is still - some would say miraculously - on track to open in September of this year.

Capita Symonds is once again a Gold Sponsor at BSEC. Day one has already seen talks from Capita Symonds’ architect David Wilcock (see video below from Building TV) and one of the company’s leading acousticians Susan Witterick. Tomorrow sees Capita Symonds’ architect Richard Woods discuss making the most out of outside spaces.

Interesting discussions and heated debate ran throughout the day surrounding key topics, including: new procurement routes, the role of Local Authorities, SEN schools and the use of digital media in education.

Capita Symonds conference topics and speakers at BSEC are:

Wednesday 23 February (12.00), Conference: ‘Update on primary schools: rebuilding and refurbishments’ David Wilcock, Capita Symonds.

Wednesday 23 February (15.15), Conference: ‘What is the role of design in the ‘age of austerity?’ Susan Witterick, Capita Symonds

Thursday 24 February (14.30) Green Learning Theatre: ‘Making the most out of outside spaces’ Richard Woods, Capita Symonds

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