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    Cost model: Primary schools


    Now that we might be building primary schools again, what are the costs?

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    Cost model: Standardised schools


    As the James Review made clear, the future of schoolbuilding lies with low-cost standard solutions, much as it did in the fifties. Darren Talbot and Stuart Francis of Davis Langdon, an Aecom company, offer an overview of this burgeoning market and consider the costs

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    Cost model: low-cost academies



  • Designed by JM Architects and engineered by Gifford, the £8m refurbishment and remodelling of Elm Court school in south London (pictured here and throughout) gave a new lease of life to an Edwardian school building

    Cost model: School refurbishment


    Continuing this week’s focus on the renewal of the school estate, Simon Rawlinson and Paul Zuccherelli of Davis Langdon review one of the biggest challenges facing the BSF programme

  • This page and left: Sheppard Robson’s £11m lab block for Cranfield university in Bedfordshire

    Cost model: Universities


    Universities are vital in maintaining the UK’s place in the knowledge economy and have been major building clients over the past 10 years. How will higher education clients approach tougher times? Simon Rawlinson and Laurence Brett of Davis Langdon look at emerging trends in the sector

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    Cost model: Schools


    It’s a critical time for BSF. With the programme’s first schools just open and large-scale building starting, local authorities will begin to find out if the effort has been worthwhile. Simon Rawlinson and David Long of Davis Langdon review the issues of design and delivery

  • Sheppard Robson designed Dagenham’s “super-college”, combining further and higher education in a suitably iconic building

    Cost model: Further education


    England’s tired further education colleges need about £5bn of work to bring them up to date. Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon explores the design, procurement and cost issues

  • Pupils at Springhill Catholic Primary School in Southampton swarm around their new classroom block, designed by architecture plb

    Cost model: School extensions


    While Blair's shiny new city academies grab all the headlines, a host of smaller-scale improvements to existing schools is quietly being carried out. In the first of our series of mini-cost models, Max Wilkes of Davis Langdon reviews the key issues and costs involved in primary school extension projects

  • Features

    Cost study: Chemistry building, Queen Mary University


    The design of a laboratory is an exercise in technical virtuosity married to an understanding of the social dynamics of a community of undergraduates and researchers. Architect Sheppard Robson, QS Turner & Townsend and contractor Geoffrey Osborne tackled one such demanding brief at Queen Mary University in London – here’s ...

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    Cost study: Max Perutz lecture theatre


    The Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge had nowhere for its Nobel Prize-winning scientists to present their research. So architect Feilden + Mawson and quantity surveyor Keegans created an auditorium extension on stilts – and here they reveal the details of how it was done

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    Cost model: 21st-century university building


    The government wants 50% of 18-30-year-olds to be educated to degree level by 2010, and expects universities to compete in international research markets. So what buildings are required to help meet these objectives? In its latest cost model, Davis Langdon & Everest examines the 21st-century university building

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    Cost study: Warwick University International Manufacturing Centre


    Partnering and value engineering helped slice 5% off time and cost on the third phase of Warwick University’s International Manufacturing Centre. This Movement for Innovation demonstration project is reviewed by Warwick University, Edward Cullinan Architects and Northcroft

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    Cost model: Britain's schools


    The government’s investment of billions in Britain’s schools has raised the question of how that money can be spent most efficiently and effectively. Davis Langdon & Everest examines education from the point of view of policy and design, and gives cost breakdowns for two typical school building types

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    Cost study: West Lothian College


    A brand new campus developed on a greenfield site in Livingston, procured through PFI by trading in the former college site, was the best way to offer West Lothian College real value for money. HBG Construction and architect RMJM Scotland explain how they accommodated both traditional and high-tech styles – ...

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    Cost study: Teaching and research facility


    In the first completed PFI project in higher education, a listed Victorian hospital building was converted into an advanced teaching and research facility. The 25-year service contract called for detailed life-cycle costing of materials. Compiled by Jarvis and HLM Architects

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    Cost model: Learning resource centres


    Davis Langdon & Everest examines learning resource centres and considers the design implications of the increasing use of information technology in university libraries

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    Schools & Colleges - Cost model, March 1998


    Construction in the education sector is complex, with clients and funding taking a variety of forms. But the extra education spending promised by the government is materialising, and the sector promises strong growth. In this latest cost model, cost consultant Davis Langdon & Everest examines school building costs and tackles ...

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    Schools - Cost model, April 1994


    The Education Reform Act of 1988 heralded the start of a dramatic overhaul of the financing and management of schools in England. Its Local Management of Schools provisions forced local education authorities to devolve many aspects of financial management to individual schools. The act also included provisions for schools to ...