Stephen George + Partners Hosted Industry Leadership Debate
Stephen George + Partners recently organised and hosted a high-level industry leadership debate in Leicester to tackle some of the big questions currently facing education and the UK public estate. In the first of a series of articles resulting from the debate, we look at some of the challenges and opportunities for public-private engagement in delivering much-needed educational facilities…
Scape Group, a public-sector procurement specialist, believes over 2,122 new schools may be required by 2020 in England alone. This is to accommodate the increasing numbers of children moving through the system as well as the forecast growth in population. Given the scale of demand for new educational facilities and the timeframe within which they need to be delivered, it is not just a question of how they are designed and built but also where they are built and how they are funded. Central to the Stephen George + Partners Education and the Public Estate debate – which included representatives from Scape Venture, Gleeds, Morgan Sindall, Pick Everard, Ridge & Partners, BEC Consulting and The Heaven Company – was a discussion on how best the private sector could work with the public sector to identify assets and unlock opportunity.
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