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


‘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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Developers readied for £1.5bn Manchester uni scheme

University expects to shortlist potential partners in November


RG Carter lands £65m aviation job

Job to be finished next year

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Bowmer + Kirkland picked for £80m Leicester space park

Contractor chosen for project’s first phase


Race for £50m London cancer centre begins

Up to five firms to be shortlisted for Sutton job

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Balfour Beatty and NHS trust at loggerheads over when Midland Met job can be finished

Four month difference between pair over hospital completion date

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Contractors readied for £55m Exeter uni postgrad centre

Scheme designed by Aecom and Hopkins Architects

Education in focus


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


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


Projects: Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, Cambridge


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


Schools: Learning to love modular


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


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


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


Building utopia? How Dudley College was built using a new form of procurement


When Dudley College wanted to build a £10m Centre for Advanced Building Technologies, it plumped for a new form of procurement – an insurance model that benefits the whole supply chain and covers cost overruns