Higher education

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How are university capital budgets holding up in the face of covid?

Covid-19 and the government’s exam grading fiasco have combined to leave universities in a deep administrative and financial hole. Jordan Marshall asks industry experts what the sector needs to do

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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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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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‘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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London hospital puts £30m job up for grabs

M&E package at Woolwich site due out next month

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B&K chalks up £35m deal to build new Peterborough university

Work is part of wider masterplan being WSP is working on

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Firms gear up for £500m Leeds General Infirmary revamp

Scheme one of six pledged by government last year

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Overbury lands Essex university revamp work

Morgan Sindall’s fit-out arm to rejig Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus

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Willmott Dixon wins Northumberland leisure centre job

Construction to start later this autumn

Education in focus

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The changing language of construction

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ISG’s Debbie Hobbs picks out the latest jargon that says so much about rapidly evolving building practices

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The teams behind the covid-19 hospitals

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String of temporary facilities built by industry

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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