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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Election delays NAO report into Carillion hospitals

Spending watchdog looking at government's response to rescue plan for schemes in Liverpool and Birmingham

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Carillion hospital facing battle for labour from Commonwealth Games, trust admits

Midland Met finally due to sign deal with replacement contractor Balfour Beatty later this month

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Bam handed £35m Scottish health centre

Work on Glasgow job to start next summer

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Liverpool NHS trust will have shelled out over £130m on Carillion hospital this year

Scheme, which had original price tag of £335m, will be completed by Laing O'Rourke

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Government announces £400m investment in school and college buildings

Fund to favour schools that crackdown on executive pay

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