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EDUCATION & HEALTHCARE NEWS

Westminster

MPs blast ‘increasingly incoherent’ schools capital funding

26 Apr 17 | By Jim Dunton

Public Accounts Committee accuses ministers of spending “well over the odds” on new free schools, but leaving others in poor condition

Harwell Facilities Building

Willmott Dixon bags £24m Oxfordshire science project

25 Apr 17 | By Iain Withers

Contractor returns to Harwell Science Campus

Interserve school in Caldicot

Interserve wins £36.5m South Wales school

24 Apr 17 | By Hamish Champ

Firm secures contract to design and build new secondary school in Monmouthshire

Interserve Leeds site

Interserve starts work on special needs' schools

18 Apr 17 | By Hamish Champ

Construction firm to build three sites in £41m contract

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More than 130 free schools approved

12 Apr 17 | By Iain Withers

Grammar and state boarding schools in amongst the approvals

Morrison campus

Morrison lands £63.5m Scottish schools deal

7 Apr 17 | By Iain Withers

Campus will combine five local primary and secondary schools

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ANALYSIS

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Schools for scandal?

7 Apr 17 | By Joey Gardiner

The government has put its all behind its manifesto commitment to provide 500 free schools, with £10bn of funding to back it up

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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?

University sector

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

occupational health

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?

COMMUNITY OPINION

Sarah Richardson

Free schools don't come cheap

7 Apr 17 | By Sarah Richardson

The question of whether the government is spending too much on free schools development is far from clear cut

Michael Thirkettle

Getting skills down to a T

14 Mar 17 | By Michael Thirkettle

The introduction of T-levels is being sold as a lifeline for industries like construction, but Brexit threatens to derail any benefits

Mark Halstead

Hitting NHS deadlines

27 Feb 17 | By Mark Halstead

Getting stakeholder engagement right at the start is key to successful management of healthcare projects

Mark Halstead

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

Ben Bolgar

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

Michael Stimpson

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

Philip Watson

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

Mark Halstead

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

Anthony Langan

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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