Latest education news and contracts
The chancellor George Osborne has announced the Treasury will fund a new £10.7m science and research facility named after professor Peter Higgs at the University of Edinburgh.
Insurers have pledged £5bn annual investment in UK infrastructure from 2014 and highlighted the housing sector as an area for potential investment at the launch of the National Infrastructure Plan this morning.
The government will provide an extra £50m of funding for science, technology, engineering and maths courses at universities annually, the chancellor George Osborne has announced.
The autumn statement’s announcement of £150m to build new kitchens for schools “may fall short” and will put additional pressure on maintenance budgets, EC Harris’s head of education has said.
The Education Funding Agency has narrowed the search for a vehicle to raise £700m of private finance for the Priority School Building Programme down to three.
Features and analysis
Without the use of offsite manufacturing, NG Bailey would not have been able to complete its project at Manchester Metropolitan University within the programme.
F&S Pipework was renamed Fascel last month – the first name change for the company since it was founded 25 years ago. MD Andy Carr explains the process of rebranding a well-established business.
The latest construction output forecast from Experian points to a stronger growth next year than previously expected, while it is hoped the Priority School Building Programme will revitalise the education sector.
Managing director Simon Morgan believes the industry has been permanently changed by the downturn – but also thinks useful lessons can be learned from it for all construction companies.
London refurbishment contractor ME Construction was founded in 2007 by two ex-employees of Bovis Lend Lease. The firm has grown rapidly since then by being strict on the kinds of projects it works on and the quality of staff it employs.
After two years of austerity cuts focusing primarily on capital investment, it is no surprise that education construction is almost a third lower than three years ago.
The Gloucester-based builder believes a return to pre-recession revenue is within sight. MD Simon Carey explains how it’s all down to exploring new markets, exploiting IT innovations and valuing reputation above all.
The latest progress report by the Cabinet Office on central government’s spend with SMEs does not reflect the reality of direct SME spend with smaller builders by the wider public sector - that is local authorities, housing associations, schools and NHS Trusts.
Contractor Longcross changed the structural design of student accommodation blocks in Oxford but managed to remain on programme and increase the sustainability of the project. Katie Barker finds out more.
Outwardly, one has to be pleased that the schools budget has been protected in this year’s spending review.
Difficult greenfield access and large concrete pours have added to the challenge of site access in a wide open space.
Value engineering trimmed costs to meet budget constraints while the use of BIM provided legacy lessons on Woodlands School in Basildon.
The appointment of Nick Pollard as Balfour Beatty’s new UK construction chief is a sign of the firm “breaking with the past”, analysts said this week.
In Weston-super-Mare contractor Willmott Dixon is building an ‘off-the-peg’ school to help deliver cost certainty and construction efficiency.
The new Earth Sciences Building at the University of Oxford used ground-source heat pumps backed by conventional systems, but post-occupancy monitoring was vital in understanding the system’s true performance.
Latest numbers from Glenigan show an upturn in activity during the three months to May led by housing and infrastructure work.
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The Education Funding Agency has started the search for contractors for its £5bn regional schools framework and lowered the turnover threshold for consortia bidders to £10m each.
Sweett Group has been awarded the contract to provide cost consultancy services on the £200m new engineering campus development for the University of Manchester.
Almost 70 per cent of school leaders want to invest in new buildings or carry out significant capital works projects over the next 12 months, a survey has revealed.
Graham Construction has started an £81m student accommodation project for the University of Salford.
Morrison Construction has been appointed preferred delivery partner for two new schools worth £48m in Scotland.
A London council is looking for contractors for a £25m school building and extension programme.
Bam Construction has won deals worth £22m to build two new health facilities in Glasgow.
The government’s Property Data Survey has been extended to cover all schools in England and will not report until summer 2014, almost a year after it was due to be completed.