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Average cost per square meter of building schools/universities in UK 2016 and 2018

As with other forms of public building construction, London was the most expensive region in the United Kingdom to build an educational building in. Universities proved to be the most expensive across all regions. The average price per square meter of internal area for a university in London was 3,320 British pounds in 2018. This was an increase of 16 percent compared to the previous year. By comparison, educational facilities located in Northern Ireland were the least costly.

Kier Construction leading contractor

Kier Construction Limited-Building UK was the leading contractor for educational facilities in the UK. In 2018, the construction firm was awarded projects with a combined value of 723 million British pounds. This was 43 percent more than the second entry.

Number of universities stable

The number of universities in the country has stayed stable since 2012/13. In the past two years, there were 142 institutions of higher education. While having been relatively constant in the past five years, there was a noticeable jump in the number of universities at the beginning of the century.

Average cost by square meter of internal area in the United Kingdom (UK) for building a school or university in 2016 and 2018, by region

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Release date

April 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2016 and 2018

Supplementary notes

Further details about which regions make up the figures for UK South, UK Central and UK North are unavailable.

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