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.

Education news

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Final bill for Nightingale hospitals to top £500m

Government had previously only revealed a total programme build cost of £220m

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Covid outbreak hits Laing O’Rourke’s Liverpool hospital job

Close to 30 cases on job with 1,000 people


DfE launches prized £7bn English schools and colleges framework

Move set to spark huge amount of interest with firms given until early next month to apply

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Bowmer + Kirkland picked for £82m Manchester university job

Demolition of existing buildings to start in January

Education in focus

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How the Grange University Hospital opened four months early


Using design for manufacture and assembly, Laing O’Rourke has delivered a major new hospital in Wales under budget and four months early – no wonder the government is looking to use it as a model for its hospital building programme. Thomas Lane reports


Rethinking Design: How the pandemic is transforming healthcare


In the second in our series on rethinking building design in the wake of the pandemic, Jordan Marshall reports on a booming healthcare sector and the government’s ambitious health infrastructure plans

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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


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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?


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