Following our recent press release on the UK higher education construction market , in which we confirmed that construction output in the higher education sector is estimated at around £3.9bn and is forecast to rise, we thought we’d share some more detailed information from our sister company Barbour ABI  regarding the pipeline of projects in the higher education sector.

Here is some more information about the largest projects currently at planning stage:

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1. Bristol University – Temple Quarter Campus

Est. value: £300m – Est. start date: October 2019 – Location: Bristol

Construction of a new campus for Bristol University. The work is scheduled for 2019 allowing the campus to open in time for the start of the 2021-22 academic year. Central to the vision for the new campus are a Digital Innovation Hub, a ‘business school of the future’, a student residential village and Engine Shed 2 – an expansion of the successful Engine Shed enterprise hub which houses the SETsquared business incubator.

2. Cambridge Biomedical Campus – The Forum

Est. value: £120m – Est. start date: July 2018 – Location: Cambridge

The Cambridge Biomedical Campus, including a new post graduate medical education centre, a 75-bed private hospital and a 200-bedroom hotel and conference centre. The scheme will include Biomass heating and the site is around 33 000m2.

3. University of Leicester – Academic Building

Est. value: £120m – Est. start date: Sept 2018 – Location: Leicester

A new academic building with class rooms, offices, meeting rooms and associated facilities, plus parking.

4. UCL East – Phase 1

Est. value: £120m – Est. start date: Sept 2019 – Location: Stratford, London

New Campus, known as UCL East, to be delivered in phases across two adjacent sites – Marshgate and Pool Street. Phase 1 of the UCL East development will see developments on both Marshgate and Pool Street, comprising of an academic development research space, office retail units, and 670 bed student accommodation with landscaping, parking and access.

5. Canterbury Christ Church University – Prison Quarter

Est. value: £90m – Est. start date: October 2018 – Location: Canterbury

Redevelopment of former prison to provide education space for Science, Engineering, Technology and Health, together with a lower ground car park. The scheme will also see the construction of the museum with restaurant/cafe with internal alterations, an associated office for reception, car parking and new access. Works also includes landscaping, following some demolition of existing buildings to the university.

6. London School of Economics – The Paul Marshall Building

Est. value: £90m – Est. start date: July 2018 – Location: Westminster, London

This redevelopment project will see the current building demolished and replaced by a new 10-storey building to create educational floor space. The new building will contain The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, academic departments of accounting, finance and management, teaching facilities, plus sports and arts rehearsal facilities, including a Sports England standard multi-purpose sports hall for use by staff and students.

7. University of Edinburgh – Darwin Redevelopment

Est. value: £90m – Est. start date: January 2019 – Location: Edinburgh

Refurbishment and extension of the Darwin building. Works include demolition of the library, a new bio-hub building, asbestos removal, mechanical and electrical works and landscaping.

8. Department of Physics – Cavendish Building

Est. value: £87m – Est. start date: July 2018 – Location: Cambridge

New building for the Department of Physics on the University’s West Cambridge Development. The floorspace is around 35 000m2.

9. Keele University – Science and Innovation Park

Est. value: £80m – Est. start date: October 2018 – Location: Newcastle

The project includes; academic functions, staff and student residences, employment uses directly related to or complementary to the University’s core activities, including conference, training, retail and leisure – for the use of students, staff, conference delegates and their visitors, and leisure facilities for the wider community.

10. Cardiff University – Translational Research Facility

Est. value: £80m – Est. start date: May 2018 – Location: Cardiff

Translational research facility building as part of phase 3 to provide laboratories, offices, seminar rooms, atrium and breakout area, and associated plant areas. The new building will provide accommodation for the Cardiff Catalysis Institute and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors.

In addition to these projects, there are higher level projects and frameworks with a longer timeline in planning at:

  • University of Manchester – 10 year plan to create a new campus.
  • University of Cambridge – plans for a 5-year construction framework to deliver a new investment programme on greenfield land, as well as refurbishment of existing facilities.
  • University of Glasgow – a number of large-scale projects will be delivered over two phases, with phase two expected to start in 2023.

To find out more about construction in the UK higher education and student accommodation markets, please view our recent press release or purchase AMA Research’s report . Barbour ABI has a wealth of detail on each project in the pipeline including project stage, current status and any contractors or consultants associated with the project. To find out more, visit their website .