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

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

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

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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

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Aecom lands PM role on Moorfields Eye Hospital job

Consultant already lead designer on £400m scheme

Education in focus

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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

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Projects: London Screen Academy, Islington, London

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Turning a former radio factory into a sixth-form film and television school proved a structural challenge for the project team

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Projects: Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, Cambridge

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Haworth Tompkins’ new project for the Perse School, Cambridge, is part of a trend towards increasingly professional theatre facilities in schools

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Schools: Learning to love modular

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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

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School daze: What’s happening to the government’s building plan?

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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