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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Former Interserve boss drafted in to lead covid-19 testing programme

Debbie White to set up network of testing centres across the UK


Coronavirus crisis delays health department’s new £20bn framework

Officials to stick with current ProCure22 initiative for another year

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‘Non-essential’ contractors barred from healthcare jobs

“Deluge” of firms contacting trade bodies for advice

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Consultants win spots on £200m NHS framework

Mace and RLB lined up for Midlands work


Aecom lands PM role on Moorfields Eye Hospital job

Consultant already lead designer on £400m scheme

Education in focus


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


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