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High-quality education, skills and research are vital to the success of the UK economy. Yet for many schools, colleges and universities navigating their way through a series of external shocks, the pressure to deliver academic priorities and shape the workforce of the future has never been greater.

From schools seeking to deliver safe, warm and dry learning environments within constrained budgets, to universities needing to evolve ageing estates to meet net zero milestones and changing teaching and working expectations, the overriding emphasis is finding imaginative ways to do more with less – which is why many turn to RLB for help.

With decades of experience working globally at the forefront of education estates, we support our clients to improve educational outcomes for pupils and students and deliver world-class research by creating sustainable, flexible and efficient learning environments.

Our strong, long-standing relationships with education and research institutions are a testament to how we have applied best-practice, sector expertise and innovative new solutions to help our clients deliver transformational learning and research environments.

Whether you are looking to be smarter with your existing assets, plotting a strategic roadmap towards net zero, or seeking support to generate community regeneration and social value through new projects, contact Stephen Scott, National Head of Education, and his team to unlock your estate potential on

Delivering value to the education sector

We provide building surveying, cost management, project and programme management, and specialist services to our education clients.
Through our expert knowledge and best-practice, we develop and deliver strategies focused on creating a future-fit, sustainable and efficient estate. In the last five years, we have helped deliver:

  • £
    of teaching and learning space, from primary schools to universities
  • £
    of advanced research and development space
  • 21
    of surveys of school, college and university buildings
Doing more with less

Improving and developing an existing estate against a background of constrained income, an unclear future and ageing assets can be challenging. Rationalisaiton, retrofit, reuse and rebuild are all viable options for doing more with less, but it can be difficult to plan a way forward and define the solutions that are right for you.

Through our extensive sector experience, which includes multi-faceted property surveys across schools, colleges and universities, we’ve provided holistic property intelligence with robust expenditure forecasting. This baseline data has guided effective estate strategies to focus investment, deliver long-term operational savings, reduce carbon and realise education ambitions.

Guiding the way towards net zero

The imperative to achieve net zero carbon is clear, but the roadmap for many schools, colleges and universities can be obscure. Decarbonising built assets and estates involves coordinating decision-making and strategic planning. Further complexity is added as the sustainability agenda moves from balancing time, cost and quality to incorporate other factors and influences.

Alongside providing the education sector with assessor services for sustainability accreditations, we increasingly provide support to projects at a strategic level by combining sustainability targets, embodied carbon, operational carbon, social value and wellbeing into one balanced value model.

Improving and enhancing learning environments

Delivering estate upkeep and driving transformational change in learning environments are ongoing challenges. For many schools and colleges, the pressure to provide safe, warm and dry buildings can seem unrelenting. For universities competing in a globalised and competitive market, creating an attractive and engaging campus experience can be the measure of their success.

We have extensive experience of delivering high-quality facilities that modernise the estate and provide a focal point for employees and students. Whether it is our ongoing success supporting schools with Condition Improvement Fund applications, or our data-driven solutions that enable universities to manage multiple building renewal programmes, our multidisciplinary team offers a range of services to help you meet the estate improvement challenge.


Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott

Partner - National Head of Education