The best education and research projects

prepare bright minds for any future



The race for students, funding and academic talent is very real. Around the world, education and research institutions face tightening budgets, increased competition from online learning platforms and a changing job market.

How do you build the right foundations to help people prepare for an increasingly unpredictable world?

By creating spaces and clusters that encourage creativity, collaboration and an entirely new teaching, learning and research experience.

With decades of experience working at the leading-edge of education construction, RLB has built strong relationships and repeat business with global universities, education and research institutions. This gives us deep knowledge of world’s best practice and up-to-the-minute benchmarks.

Comprehensive costings at the click of a button

RLB’s powerful in-house software boasts the industry’s largest and most dynamic cost database. It’s our secret to keeping the tight budgets and ambitious schedules of education and research projects on track.

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Harnessing human capability in the age of machines

A significant shift on the frontier between humans and machines is ahead. The World Economic Forum predicts that, by 2022, more than half of all tasks will be undertaken by artificial intelligence.

The ‘chalk and talk’ teaching era is long behind us. Students need agility, creative thinking and “mindsets of lifelong learning,” WEF says. And they need education buildings that not just bricks and mortar, but learning laboratories that are flexible and adaptable.

Smart, sustainable schools build a brighter future

The research is clear: smart, sustainable design can improve academic results by 16%. The best education buildings set a solid foundation for learning, support a range of teaching and learning styles and tread lightly on the planet. And because they are built with efficiency in mind, environmentally-friendly education buildings are cheaper to operate – leaving schools to spend more money where it’s needed most.

Vertical schools are on the rise

As our cities expand and land becomes more precious, schools can no longer afford to sprawl out. The only way is up.

Vertical schools can offer easy access to public transport, cultural facilities and community amenities – but they do come at a cost. Our work on large-scale vertical school projects around the world gives us deep insight into the budget challenges during construction and beyond.