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Several events are being planned for 2019 and the website will be updated as these are confirmed. 


Afternoon visit to Here East, Stratford

28th February 2019


Here East, an exciting part of the legacy of the 2012 Olympics is a unique centre for making, innovation and enterprise with a variety of partners from higher education, technology, sports, the arts, broadcasting, fashion and the charity sector, including UCL, Loughborough University London, BT sport, Ford and SCOPE.


Day Visit to Birmingham City University

3rd April 2019 at 9.30 for 10.00 am start


Birmingham Cityentral University celebrates the 150th anniversary of its origins in the Birmingham Government School of Design and is achieving a physical transformation with its £260 million investment programme including the new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire building at the City Centre Campus by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, winner of the RIBA West Midlands Building of the Year and a RIBA National Award in 2018.  The visit will start with a welcome from John Plumridge, Director of Estates and Facilities with presentations from the client, architect and acoustic consultant for the Conservatoire, and from the Estates team on the University’s masterplan, current developments and HS2, along with a tour of the Conservatoire and of the University’s new Curzon Buildings. 


Evening Event and Drinks at Birmingham City University:

3rd April 2019 at 4.30 for 5.00pm start


Launch of the Learning Spaces Toolkit and Case Studies, developed in a partnership by HEDQF, AUDE, HeLF, Jisc, SCONUL, SCHOMS and UCISA and report on the HEDQF Research Project on the Future of Learning Environments


Overseas Visit to Barcelona

16th and 17th May 2019


There has been considerable recent investment in higher education and reseach in Barcelopa, including the La Massana Fine Arts School, Harbour.Space University, Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, Ca l’Aranyo Audiovisual Campus (UPF) and the Sant Pau Research Institute.  The programme is currently in planning to make the most of the time available on the days and the availability of the buildings to visit. 


Annual Conference:  Edinburgh University:  Designing for Wellbeing

18th June 2019 with a reception and presentations on the evening of the 17th of June


The conference will be based in the Informatics Forum by Bennetts Associates adjacent to the newly-opened Bayes Centre, also designed by Bennetts Associates, which brings together academic staff and students working in the fields of Data Technology, Design Informatics, Maths and Robotics with start-up / spin-out companies and industrial collaborators and acts as a gateway into the university's campus at George Square.


The conference will explore the theme of Designing for Wellbeing and we hope to include visits to buildings on the campus, potentially on the evening before the main conference day.



Current confirmed events are:

Improving estate efficiency without compromising good design


Sharing approaches for an effective and efficient estate, ensuring the everyday projects deliver under financial pressure using good quality design. We will consider estate optimisation and the design of teaching, learning and support space, making best use of space to ensure an affordable and efficient estate.


When: 6 February 2019, 14.30-19.30

Where: Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Wallscourt House, Bristol, BS16 1QY

Book tickets here



  • Solent University – Liz Hudswell and Laure Potter: Sink or Swim. The Solent Maritime Relocation Project
  • Bristol University – Matt Fulford: Satisfaction and savings (evaluation of an activity-based work programme)
  • Bournemouth University – Andy Scott – Space Matters? Space Quantity v Space Quality in HE
  • Aecom – speaker/topic tbc



14:30 - 14:15 Arrivals/Tea/Coffee

15:15 - 17:30 Case studies, followed by Q&A

17:30 - 17:40 Wrap up and closing address

17:40 - 19:30 Networking and drinks

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