The Learning Hub Seminars

12:00 - 12:30

Realising the Benefits of Modular in Education

CPAC modular have over 40 years’ experience in the successful delivery of projects using offsite structural solutions. Our presentation will outline the design and construction drivers within the education sector and how we have integrated these to achieve certainty in delivery and the realisation of clients desired outcomes. We will provide real life examples in the education sector for discussion.


14:30 - 15:00

Modular Matters – Discover the Potential of your Learning Space

One of the biggest challenges for schools and colleges is delivering improvements to their estate without disrupting students and their learning. With modular solutions, entire buildings can be constructed with minimal impact and on an incredibly tight programme. This presentation will showcase the capability of modular component design and speed of response using high profile case studies and real-time learnings from projects.



  • Greg Maher Education and Healthcare Specialist - Portakabin Ireland
15:15 - 15:45

The Importance of Briefing

making space for learning: connecting pedagogy to design.

The Importance of Briefing will highlight the critical work undertaken by the Department of education in developing spatial requirements that communicate the aspirational learning outcomes of the Junior and Senior Cycles to design teams, empowering them to deliver inclusive and wellbeing focused learning environments for the 21st century. The presentation will also highlight some of ATKINS ongoing collaborations with the Department of Education in delivering creative approaches to the demands of progressive learning briefs.




11:00 - 11:30

Acoustic Design of Schools, including Assisted Learning Needs + the results of the Schools International Survey

This presentation demonstrates the advantages to students and teachers alike, of an optimal acoustic learning environment to meet the acoustic design of schools standard for all, with solutions for: exposed soffits, refurbishment, volumetric modular and with no waste in the skip.


11:30 - 12:00

Why MMC? Why Not?

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) includes many emerging systems and technologies, and whilst they may not be a panacea for the multifarious shortcomings in the construction industry, the opportunities to reduce programme and disruption, improve Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ), and address skills shortages, whilst balancing cost and performance, must not be underestimated.

By drawing on some of the education and cross-sector experience, skills and knowledge that HLM and their Head of MMC Delivery have built-up over the last twenty or so years, this presentation will seek to respond to some of the questions about Why, When and How to adopt a DfMA approach and embed MMC into education projects.

HLM will outline how offsite design expertise can combine with sustainability ambitions to utilise various MMC categories within projects to work towards achieving sustainable outcomes in a creative way. They will highlight that the status-quo for procurement of designers and physical buildings needs to evolve to maximise the benefits MMC can bring and will demonstrate how adopting digital solutions across all project work stages can facilitate collaboration and great design and delivery of MMC.

As well as providing insight from HLM, questions will be posed about the direction of future evolution of MMC, how integration of its benefits can develop, what concerns remain to be addressed and how that might happen.





12:30 - 13:00

Offsite approach to Sustainable Buildings