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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Final bill for Nightingale hospitals to top £500m

Government had previously only revealed a total programme build cost of £220m

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Covid outbreak hits Laing O’Rourke’s Liverpool hospital job

Close to 30 cases on job with 1,000 people

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DfE launches prized £7bn English schools and colleges framework

Move set to spark huge amount of interest with firms given until early next month to apply

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Bowmer + Kirkland picked for £82m Manchester university job

Demolition of existing buildings to start in January

Education in focus

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How the Grange University Hospital opened four months early

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Using design for manufacture and assembly, Laing O’Rourke has delivered a major new hospital in Wales under budget and four months early – no wonder the government is looking to use it as a model for its hospital building programme. Thomas Lane reports

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Rethinking Design: How the pandemic is transforming healthcare

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In the second in our series on rethinking building design in the wake of the pandemic, Jordan Marshall reports on a booming healthcare sector and the government’s ambitious health infrastructure plans

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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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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