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.

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Architect due to be appointed as plans to build new Whipps Cross hospital gather pace

Barts Health NHS Trust one of six to recieve £2.7bn of government funding

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Argent boss to head up £4bn Oxford university housing partnership

Initiative is a joint venture with Legal & General

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Contractors look to strike gold at Spandau Ballet star’s school

Deal to upgrade Shoreditch secondary has £13m price tag

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Faulty cladding on Carillion hospital to be removed by manufacturer

Portuguese firm drafted in at Royal Liverpool scheme


Dorset hospital pulls expansion project as fears around covid-19 fallout bite

NHS trust began search for firm to build Macmillan palliative care ward seven months ago

Education in focus


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


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