Higher Education

Students no longer play a passive role in the Higher Education estate, they are now at the centre of it all. At EEDN, we help you in all your Higher Education estate pursuits.

Our service /

Helping Higher Education Institutions develop their estates portfolio without creative boundaries.
EEDN is a dynamic and innovative Construction Project Management consultancy with focus on technically advanced complex projects.

We are an experienced professional team in the field of heavily serviced buildings, such as academic teaching, research and commercial R&D. Our team act as Client Representatives, Project and Programme Managers and strategic advisors to our clients.

Enhancing our Project Management offer with proactive Design Leadership, we promote close collaboration between all the team members and apply innovative techniques to enable strategic thinking.

Our team have delivered some of the most challenging projects.

Since our formation we have been growing steadily. Our Directors have delivered a multitude of projects in the Higher Education and SciTech sphere, from academic teaching
and research to commercial R&D and manufacturing.

Choosing EEDN 

Our approach recognises that every project is unique and we specifically tailor our solutions and processes to your distilled drivers.

We offer a combined project, programme and design management view on every project and maintain a high level of Director involvement and control throughout.

Working with you

Whatever the size of your project, refurbishment, fit out or new build, sciences, humanities or engineering, we ensure that we bring creativity, enthusiasm and a fresh approach to all challenges.

At EEDN, we are passionate about Projects and love what we do. We are not afraid of critical thinking and believe that challenging the team should inevitably bring better results.

We build multi-disciplinary teams that suit your project, supplementing the core consultants, where required, from our network of specialists.

Delivery through Collaboration

We recognise that the intricacies of today's projects require a multi-disciplinary team approach. In complex environments, these relationships are often stressed. It is exactly in these circumstances that the established due processes and emotional intelligence of the Project Manager and Client Representative are crucial, embedding the necessary culture to deliver the project successfully.

Championing innovation

The Higher Education sector is a breeding ground for new companies and spaces need to accommodate those, too.

Our Leadership team have been involved in some of the most pioneering projects and the successful delivery of complex programmes of work.

We are unafraid of innovation at the core of project delivery with sustainability, offsite manufacturing, NetZero Carbon and use of technology as

At the same time, we deploy innovative management techniques ranging from technical statistical simulations to motivational review to maximise the project benefits.

Download EEDN Higher Education Capability Statement

Our sector knowledge

Deep understanding of the sector

The Higher Education sector has seen an incredible change in the recent years, from a change in the way that teaching content is delivered, to collaborative research across borders.

Space remains at a premium so aligning the estate strategy with the current and future requirements is key for a successful deployment, but external factors such as commercial space provision (e.g. student residences) complicates this further.

Our team have the necessary experience and can assist in ensuring the delivery of the project benefits.

Starting with the end in mind, we put your strategic aims first, understand your stakeholder structure and develop bespoke processes to suit that accordingly.

We have a proven approach to leading projects in the Higher Education sector and it all begins with understanding the science behind the business, the product and the end client.

The ecosystem is a complex one and as such each project should not be isolated in design and project management. Instead, targeted and specialised input is often required to  help define some elements of the project – from equipment selection to academic research grants and aligning the academic programme with the construction time frames.

We help our clients navigate to a successful project outcome.

Through the in-depth understanding of programming, masterplanning, process and procurement, we challenge the team to produce an optimal, efficient and innovative design, aligned to your educational and estate targets.


We understand Higher Education and often publish insights about the sector.
Our latest review of the future of construction and property in Higher Education includes trends such as:
  • The increased importance of Universities as anchors of innovation
  • Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon
  • Online and remote learning & digital classroom
  • Science Parks, Business Parks and masterplanning
  • Modular flexibility in HE
  • Increased alignment with business, sin-offs and delivery partners
  • Increased international collaboration
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What our clients say /

EEDN has been a great team. They undertook a high level schematic and massing study to test our site capacity to support The London Cancer Hub, the Council's most strategically important scheme - a State of the Art Life Science Campus for the London Borough Of Sutton. The EEDN master planning team came to grips with the complexities of the site and understood the value of the key partners as stakeholders in delivering the LCH. Their expertise and detailed knowledge of the life science space combined  with a highly professional responsive approach produced a great result. 

Amanda Cherrington // Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration, London Borough of Sutton

I had known Tes through my network and finally had the opportunity to collaborate with him and EEDN during delivery of an our cGMP advanced therapeutic facility. Tes undertook delivery of our QC laboratory from scoping to handover. Tes’s collaborative style, wealth relevant knowledge, flexibility and resourcefulness, approachable demeanour and ability to form and manage the project team enabled time and in full delivery of the project.

Hadi Mizraei // Senior Director, Autolus

Tes worked with me and our team at Autolus as the Owner's Project Manager. He was able to quickly jump in and understand the inter-workings of the team, and what was of critical importance for the success of the project. He has great organization and leadership skills, and keeps the team on track!

Miranda Neville // SVP Project Management, Autolus Therapeutics

Exceptional personal service – the ‘trusted advisor’ I would always want on the team. I would have no hesitation recommending EEDN who have supported the work and organisation fully during my tenure here. Their genuine enthusiasm and understanding of client needs has made them a pleasure to work with.

Rory Smyth // Head of Construction, One YMCA

The EEDN team were dedicated, diligent professional and highly supportive through our project for coworking and events space. I highly commend the whole team for their ability to manage strategically and tactically simultaneously, from contract negotiation and macro-financial modelling to value engineering at the nuts-and-bolts level. They have a strong and multidisciplinary approach which weaves seamlessly across these two levels of abstraction - we would relish the opportunity to do business with EEDN again. 

Freddie Scobey // Work+Play

Elad's input into the Design Team was paramount in establishing the correct parameters for the execution of our complex cGMP building. His knowledge about the science behind the product was key to unlocking its potential.

Miranda Neville // SVP Project Management, Autolus Therapeutics

Tes is always keen and enthusiastic. In a performance-driven approach, he shows a dedication to the task, second to none.

Keith Miller // Interim Deputy Director of Estates, University of Essex

Tes’ input into the Project Team promoted collaboration and effective working throughout the various stages. Under his guidance the project flourished through some very challenging technical issues and would be very happy having him leading my projects again.

Valerie Cooper // Capital Projects Team Leader, UCL

Tes brings experience and enthusiasm to project delivery, with a calm and measured approach. He is able to quickly galvanise the project team and provide direction and focus on project critical matters.

Neil Stevens // Associate, Core Five

With excellent awareness of the market and the process involved, EEDN showed proactivity, professionalism and enthusiasm founded on the strength of interdisciplinary working and we would have no reservations in recommending them to any organisation who would greatly benefit from their approach as we did.

Mike Parrett FRICS // Chair of UKGA Building Committee, True Jesus Church

I love it! Its personality is so accommodating and serene and yet dynamic and unique at the same time Every single group I have seen here has taken and given something to this beautiful space. It is transformed by every event’s own “personality” – you have created a magical palette. You should be very proud!

Margaret Manning // The Crystal

Paul has a unique and broad range of skills that make him an asset to any client and is well respected in the industry by his peers.

Ashley Crawford // Commercial Director, Systech International

With the challenges of building highly technical studios in speculative office space together with a move to agile working in the office areas, you have created a highly creative and dynamic environment which allows seamless integration of the programme making process.

IMG media // Stockley Park

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