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Thursday 27th September 2018

How effective is the DfE

Output Specification in supporting

good school design?


Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am


The DfE Output Specification was developed four years ago with six overarching principles; functionality, health & safety, a standardised approach, future proofing, minimum life expectancy and sustainable design and construction. Come and join us for our first ECN breakfast of 2018-2019 as our expert panel discuss:


  • Are the six principles being adhered to?

  • What have been the areas of greatest improvement since the OS was introduced?

  • Are there conflicts between design disciplines that exist within the OS which need to be resolved?

  • What areas need to be improved moving forward?

  • Should the OS be adopted outside EFSA procured projects?


Ann Bodkin
Department for Education

Ann’s projects with the Department for Education includes the lead on design quality standards for new school buildings, with the publication of the Output Specification 2017 on GOV.UK.  DfE’s school building brief requires the design solution to integrate architecture and environmental engineering, with buildings which are of simple massing and form, which prioritise fabric first measures balanced with the broad range of comfort criteria to support teaching and learning and the efficient operation for the school.

Ann is listed as one of 20 'Women influencing Sustainable Architecture' in the UK by The Architects Journal
For more see extract from LinkedIn

Zubin Masters
Bond Bryan

Zubin is a director at Bond Bryan and has considerable experience in the education sector - particularly in developing design solutions for Schools, Further and Higher Education environments both in the UK and overseas. His involvement with the client and design teams from concept development through to completion has been instrumental in the success of several significant projects within the practice.

His expertise lies in conceptualising ideas and developing them into real solutions that are commercially viable but, nevertheless, exceed the clients’ aspirations through innovative design.

Zubin has a Masters Degree in Environmental Design, which enables him to embed the principles of climate-responsive and energy-efficient design into every scheme. He believes that successful design entails providing functional yet inspirational solutions that are as environmentally benign as possible.

Gill Wynne Williams
Wynne Williams Associates

Gill is a Chartered Landscape Architect; founder and managing director of Wynne-Williams Associates, a landscape architecture practice based in Essex. Before starting her own practice, Gill worked for 18 years in both the public and private sectors. Her experience covers a very wide range of landscape design projects including more than 270 education sector schemes from nursery provision through to university projects.

Gill spent several years as a part time lecturer in design and professional practice and is still actively involved in the education and training of Landscape Architects as Chair of the Landscape Institute Professional Review Group for the Writtle School of Design and through her work as a visiting lecturer and student mentor.

Paul Cooper
Hoare Lea

Paul has a huge passion for delivering school buildings that provide a lasting legacy for thousands of pupils. He has delivered more than 60 schools and academy buildings, ranging from small extensions to substantial new school estates.


Almost all of these schemes have been delivered through the ESFA Priority Schools framework and have been designed to meet the EFSA FOS and OS requirements. The experience of delivering these schemes gives him a huge insight into the role that MEP, daylighting, acoustics and fire engineering can have on the delivery of successful school buildings.

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