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


‘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.

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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


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


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


The teams behind the covid-19 hospitals


String of temporary facilities built by industry


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?


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