Higher education

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Growing pains: It is possible that the UK higher education sector is approaching ‘peak campus’

Dramatic changes in student numbers demand fresh thinking about the adaptability and utilisation of university buildings

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Higher power: how is the universities sector shaping up?

The universities and higher education sector is as vulnerable as any to fluctuating demand — but it still has billions every year to spend on its buildings

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‘Different doesn’t scare me’: Mary Pierre-Harvey has big plans for Oxford Brookes

The UK’s first black female director of estates at a large UK university talks to Building

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Universities’ many challenges

While this week we highlight the many positives about the universities sector, it would be a mistake to think that the boom times will continue

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Smart building: What makes UCL's Student Centre so special?

University College London’s new Student Centre is innovative, diverse, digitally enabled and focused on sustainability – just like its users.

Education news

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Election delays NAO report into Carillion hospitals

Spending watchdog looking at government's response to rescue plan for schemes in Liverpool and Birmingham

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Carillion hospital facing battle for labour from Commonwealth Games, trust admits

Midland Met finally due to sign deal with replacement contractor Balfour Beatty later this month

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Bam handed £35m Scottish health centre

Work on Glasgow job to start next summer

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Liverpool NHS trust will have shelled out over £130m on Carillion hospital this year

Scheme, which had original price tag of £335m, will be completed by Laing O'Rourke

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Government announces £400m investment in school and college buildings

Fund to favour schools that crackdown on executive pay

Education in focus

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Feeling run down? Fixing the NHS’s languishing estate

By David Blackman

Will the government finally put it on the road to recovery, or merely keep it on life support?

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The Augar review is likely to lead to worse facilities and poorer mental health

By Mike Entwisle

The most significant impact of the review into post-18 education will be its potential to exacerbate uncertainty in funding and poor student mental health

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Projects: London Screen Academy, Islington, London

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Turning a former radio factory into a sixth-form film and television school proved a structural challenge for the project team

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Projects: Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, Cambridge

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Haworth Tompkins’ new project for the Perse School, Cambridge, is part of a trend towards increasingly professional theatre facilities in schools

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Schools: Learning to love modular

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Offsite construction can offer an answer to England’s struggling school estate. But manufacturers are battling to banish dated perceptions of what modular means. Jordan Marshall reports

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School daze: What’s happening to the government’s building plan?

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Although the government has committed to spending £23bn on school building programmes up to 2021, many contractors and consultants are convinced the pipeline of work has slowed. Joey Gardiner asks how significant a recent fall in capital spending could be for construction