Architectural Wallsz & Educational Outlook
We recently signed off a project for Warwick University – a world leading Research University ranked as one of the very top educational establishments in the UK. The University is constantly evolving its campus buildings and is committed to investing in architectural developments that enhance and advance the learning environment, and we were honored to be chosen to provide our glass partitioning products to the institution.
We’re extremely proud to have been part of progressing innovative workspaces at Warwick through our glass partitioning project. Our commissioned work featured modern, slick and functional double glazed glass partitioning walls completed with stylish double leaf glass doors. The project has created a flexible open space that allows for both privacy and effective collaboration, ideal for maximising performance in a leading seat of learning.
The case at Warwick is not unlike that seen in the wider education sector, as reported by Glenigan’s last month. Universities appear to have “renewed confidence in their funding and are pressing ahead with planned schemes”. However, flagship government spending programmes have proven disappointing of late and Glenigan’s expects the gap between required and actual construction and architectural development investment to remain uninspiring.
According to the ONS, education-related construction, such as our project at Warwick, has been rising since 2013. The report attributes this largely to the private sector and funds – which has remained significantly higher than public sector spend in the last 3 years. Unsurprisingly, the events of June 2016 have led to uncertainty in the market which has caused a slowdown in growth.
In 2015, election related concerns within the university sub-sector ‘brought an abrupt change in fortunes’, as stated by Glenigan’s, leading to a tail off in project starts. It’s therefore fantastic to see UK universities such as Warwick investing in the campus construction in the face of tentativeness from Government, with the sub-sector as a whole showing confidence, growth potential and overall positivity.
Glenigan’s has found that universities appear to have a renewed confidence in funding -private and public – and are therefore pressing on with planned construction schemes. The report outlines that ‘universities now appear to have renewed confidence in their funding and are pressing ahead with planned schemes. Detailed planning approvals for university projects rose by around 50% during 2015 after a 28% rise in 2014’, whilst several universities have plans for entirely new campuses’.
This signals ambition from universities and HE and suggests that they’re remain an important driver in development and the construction marketplace as a whole.
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