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£225m modular education framework launches

22 Feb 17 | By Louise Dransfield

The framework is from procurement organisation Fusion21

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NAO says cost of bringing schools up to standard would hit £6.7bn

22 Feb 17 | By Louise Dransfield

Report estimates a further £7.1bn is needed for ‘minor’ repairs

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Green light for Glasgow uni masterplan

17 Feb 17 | By Louise Dransfield

The masterplan is part of a £1bn investment plan to revamp the University’s estate

'Poor quality construction' blamed for Edinburgh school wall collapse

10 Feb 17 | By Louise Dransfield

The report from an independent inquiry into defects across PFI schools in Edinburgh has been published

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Priority schools second phase goes out to market

8 Feb 17 | By Sarah Richardson

Education Funding Agency pushes out delayed £2bn second phase of programme to rebuild 277 schools

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Plans in for £63m Scotland school campus

1 Feb 17 | By Jim Dunton

Sheppard Robson scheme set to start on site later this year



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Building new schools: Between a rock and a hard place

2 Sep 16 | By Joey Gardiner

Some 3.3 million secondary school places will be needed by 2024 - a 20% increase on today - but how will the demand be met?

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Universities: Losing the higher ground?

1 Sep 16 | By David Blackman

The university sector has provided a solid pipeline of work for construction over recent years, even in the doldrums of recession. But could demand around higher education fall following the UK vote to leave the EU?

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Does training need a reboot?

28 Jan 16 | By Yoosof Farah

The industry is changing rapidly, with companies urgently trying to attract a new generation of talent and projects increasingly dependent on new technologies – it’s vital that the way we train changes too

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Occupational health: Fit for purpose

14 Jan 16 | By Louise Dransfield

The construction industry has made huge progress on on-site safety in the last 20 years but health conditions have largely been neglected. Are things starting to change?

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Universities: Short-term fix

12 Nov 15 | By Joey Gardiner

Raising tuition fees gave university estates a shot in the arm, in terms of investment. But with student numbers predicted to fall and competition fierce, how can institutions maintain that momentum?

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School places: Do the math

4 Sep 15 | By Mark Leftly

The Department for Education is scratching its head over how to meet the demand for 25% more school places at a time of rising construction inflation and a dearth of available urban land

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University challenge

3 Sep 15 | By David Blackman

With contractors more choosy about the projects they bid for, and inflation eroding HE’s fixed tuition fee income, can universities remain attractive to the industry?


Schools: Where are they all going to sit?

28 May 15 | By Joey Gardiner

25% more new school places will be needed in the next five years than the previous five, yet the government is cutting overall capital funding by 16%


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Efficiency in the NHS doesn’t have to mean cost cutting

8 Dec 16 | By Mark Halstead

NHS trusts must squeeze every penny out of limited captial funding, but with some careful thought at in the early stages they can deliver better outcomes

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Placemaking in student housing

6 Dec 16 | By Ben Bolgar

Involving students, staff and the local community in masterplanning has helped transform this university campus

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Building a university in the mountains

30 Nov 16 | By Michael Stimpson

The harsh winter and remote mountain location of the University of Central Asia in the Kyrgyz Republic created some unique challenges

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What’s stopping us building schools using off-site techniques?

24 Nov 16 | By Philip Watson

Modular schools can be bespoke and beautiful, but to build at the volumes needed to keep up with demand we need to think carefully about our delivery model

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Good stakeholder management

29 Sep 16 | By Mark Halstead

Keeping control and engagement with all stakeholders is not just sensible but vital in any project

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Designing schools in batches

1 Sep 16 | By Anthony Langan

Creating 12 schools on a tight budget requires a strategic approach to standardised design and a collaborative use of BIM

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Online poll: University funding

1 Sep 16

Will Brexit damage funding for the UK’s higher education sector? Vote here

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Campuses are in need of a makeover

31 Aug 16 | By Richard McCarthy

University and college campuses up and down the country need to up their game if they’re going to beat the competition in attracting top students

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Mark Halstead

Chronic over optimism in the NHS

16 Aug 16 | By Mark Halstead

If we want to avoid more healthcare projects doomed to failure we need a healthy dose of realism and pragmatism