Latest education news and contracts
The City of Edinburgh Council has appointed Balfour Beatty to build its new Portobello High School.
ISG will redevelop the former University for the Creative Arts building in Maidstone under a £12m deal.
Laing O’Rourke has won a £100m deal to build a research hub for Voreda and Imperial College London.
The Education Funding Agency has selected a Morgan Sindall Investments and Equitix joint venture for the third privately financed batch of Priority School Building Programme schools, worth up to £120m.
Bam Construction’s appointment to a £38m second Hull & East Riding priority schools batch reflects its ability despite “significantly tighter budgets”, it said today.
Features and analysis
The north-east of Scotland has been economically buoyant ever since the discovery of offshore oil and gas. With construction still booming, how can contractors take advantage and what challenges will they face?
Restoring a cinematic landmark on Regent Street to its former glory is no easy task – particularly when it’s in the middle of a live university.
A jet engineering testing facility and historic mines underfoot were just some of the challenges posed to Balfour Beatty by the steel city’s newest landmark.
The local Sikh community has added £1.1m to the EFA’s funding through voluntary labour, finance and materials to help deliver a new multi-faith school build.
This year kicked off with fresh confidence that the UK’s construction industry is finally levelling off following some considerably challenging times.
Former education secretary Lord Baker says the UK is poor at delivering technical education and skills for the industry. But his drive for more UTCs is calling on contractors to step up and tackle the sector’s looming skills crisis.
A last-minute rethink sent contractor Wates Construction and designer Capita Symonds back to the drawing board during the delivery of a new school in north-west London.
Bad weather and an unexpected geotechnical challenge faced the contractor on a north London speed build.
PF2 was a welcome shot in the arm but, despite a rush of initial publicity, it has had a quiet start to life.
Guaranteeing constant access to books in a quiet and dust-free environment has been a major challenge at the University’s library.
Construction output’s growth in 2013 is a step in the right direction, but the industry’s largest sectors are shrinking in share and output is still some way off peaks we have seen both pre-recession and during the downturn.
Bam Construction chose timber to hit BREEAM Excellent on an accommodation complex for students and doctors where the twin demands of healthcare and education meant time was of the essence.
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Interserve has been chosen for a £21m design-and-build job by Southampton Solent University.
Campus Living Villages has chosen Balfour Beatty for a £24m job to house more than 400 Royal College of Music students.
Galliford Try’s new arm, Miller Construction, has reached financial close on two Scottish schools worth more than £50m.
Kier will build five schools in London worth £46m, Construction News can reveal, after Bam and the Education Funding Agency parted ways on the schools having failed to reach an agreement on costs.
The Education Funding Agency has appointed a consortium to raise £700m of private finance for the Priority School Building Programme.
The Education Funding Agency has defended the lack of SMEs on its new £5bn Regional Framework, as its director of capital stressed he was “determined” to help regional contractors win future education work.
Exclusive: The Education Funding Agency has responded to inflation in the construction sector by increasing its cost per square metre budget for schools work.
Mace has been appointed to oversee the design and refurbishment of the Grade II listed Old Admiralty Building for the Department for Education.