Realising the potential of the higher education sector in 2018

19 December 2017

Richard Irwin, ISG

Contractors who can provide highly collaborative, tech-led working environments will find great opportunities in the higher education sector in 2018, according to ISG’s engineering services divisional director.

The international appeal of higher education institutions and capital investment has seen the sector remain resilient despite economic uncertainty and geopolitical conditions, writes ISG’s Richard Irwin in a 2018 preview article for the trade publication, Construction News.

“The question of whether – and how long – this level of investment can continue is hotly debated,” Richard writes.

“But for the foreseeable future there seems genuine commitment to invest in world-class facilities, especially with a global market in sharp focus.”

Richard references ISG’s work at Cardiff University and University of the West of England as examples of universities looking to commercialise and create highly collaborative working environments for staff, students and business.

Universities are also looking for contractors who can work with established assets to maintain heritage but also provide smart campuses, says Richard.

“A technology-led approach, with a master systems architect defining and then designing how an existing building will take its place in the wider digital campus, will streamline efficiencies and bring the reality of a truly smart campus one step closer.”

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