Latest education news and contracts
Wates has been appointed to new London office and student accommodation deals worth around £34m.
Exclusive: The University of Birmingham has appointed Wates to build a new £60m research facility, part-funded by Rolls-Royce.
Exclusive: The Education Funding Agency has shortlisted a total of 37 contractors for its £5bn Regional Framework for school building and refurbishment projects.
Barratt Homes and Places for People have joined forces to deliver 2,000 affordable homes in Milton Keynes.
Three bidders have been shortlisted for the Yorkshire Private Finance 2 batch of priority schools.
Features and analysis
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.
Councillors are hoping Essex’s new college campus will help kick-start the regeneration of a town centre.
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.
More education news
A major fire has broken out at a student accommodation site in Southampton.
The Education Funding Agency has appointed Wates Construction as preferred bidder for the £37m North West 4 batch of priority schools.
Morgan Sindall has been appointed to extend six primary schools in the London Borough of Newham, creating 1,035 new pupil places.
Seven developers have been appointed the £200m North Wales Schools and Public Buildings Contractor Framework.
A Surrey school is searching for a contractor to build a replacement building in a £27m deal.
More than 20 colleges will invest over £194m in building new facilities after the government announced grants of £113.8m.
The University of Huddersfield is planning to construct a new building for its law, music and humanities departments worth up to £22m.
Lakehouse grew its turnover by 24 per cent to more than £190m in the year to 30 September 2013.