The development of educational facilities and infrastructure has varied considerably between the different levels within the education sector over the past decade. There has been considerable investment in new schools and expansion of existing schools at primary and second level in spite of the economic downturn. On the other hand, third level has been starved of public investment over the same period and added to this is the uncertainty around the proposed consolidation and amalgamation of colleges. Nevertheless, many colleges have progressed development projects using other funding sources.
There are significant signs of recovery at third level with investment in the development of facilities set to resume. Student accommodation, both on and off-campus, is currently a focus of considerable activity.
MKO have extensive experience in the education sector, having provided the planning and environmental input on school bundles at primary and second level as well as a wide range of on-campus projects at third level. We have taken a number of student accommodation projects successfully through the planning process and are involved in projects amounting to a further 900 bed spaces. We are retained as planning and environmental and estate management advisors to a number of third level colleges. This experience, together with our offerings of planning, environmental and project/estate management services has placed MKO in a strong position in serving our client base in this sector.