Universities across the UK are planning to spend millions of pounds on new buildings and improve facilities as they are competing to attract more foreign and domestic students – research by the building firm Wates has shown.

Two thirds from all UK universities are going to spend more than £5 million on new construction work. This means that the Higher Education sector will continue to be a major source of work for contractors and trade qualified professionals.

Wates said the research represents different type of Universities.  The BBC reported that there are more than 160 higher education institutions across the UK. The research shows that 79% of these have building plans to expand and make significant improvements.

According to the research, a third of universities are considering extensive building plans, some of those include creating new partnerships to modernise science facilities and even build a multi-purpose hotel on campus.

Ian Vickers from Wates told the Construction Enquirer: “Students are being asked to pay more than ever before for a university degree. That means they expect a quality of experience that reflects the high price they are paying.

“In order to remain competitive, universities are therefore looking to deliver modern facilities that have the ‘wow’ factor whilst also encouraging more efficient and collaborative use of space.” added Vickers.

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