22 November, 2023
Maris announces partnership with AUDE (Association of University Directors of Estates)
Working together for the future of higher education excellence

This month, Maris is delighted to announce a new business partnership with the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE). An experienced creator of inspiring working environments, in 2016 we launched a dedicated specialist team, Maris Education, which exclusively provides fast track design, fit-out and refurbishment solutions for universities.

About the Maris Education team

Maris Education was forged on our belief that the learning experience and quality of the spaces where learning occurs are inextricably linked. Therefore, we use our design and technical expertise to create spaces to inspire, improve performance and well-being, stimulating minds and ultimately, helping students and academics to achieve their full potential.

Setting us apart from others in the D&B sector, we are also able to draw on our more than 40 years of experience in the commercial sector with clients ranging from the London Stock Exchange to Ford Motor Company.  This is fundamental to delivering on our belief that the university experience is becoming increasingly focused on preparing students for the workplace.

By transferring that knowledge, we’re able to supercharge our ability to create sustainable, future-proof spaces that become magnetic destinations that students, academics and staff thrive in.

Since Maris Education launched, we have worked with leading institutions, including GCU London, Fordham University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, King’s College London, Teesside University and London South Bank University, creating game changing spaces from amphitheatres, sound studios and mock hospital wards to flexible classrooms, cafeterias and libraries.

“AUDE has a rigorous application process for those wanting to become Business Partners and it is essential that we feel those companies and organisations applying for this status can genuinely offer something to universities – expertise, products and services, approaches and processes – that we think the sector can benefit from. We believe that Maris aligns well with AUDE’s strategic objectives and will help us to deliver our priorities to the AUDE membership: it is in this spirit that we start the new partnership.”

Jane Harrison-White, Executive Director at AUDE

Bringing industry leaders together

AUDE is a membership organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in the strategic planning, management, operation and development of higher education estates and facilities. It is a not-for-profit organisation, and the main body for University Directors of Estates to access resources and recommendations, with every university in the UK belonging to their ranks.

Maris’ partnership with AUDE will see us join forces with like-minded individuals, sharing insights for the ongoing improvement of higher education experiences. The occasion is being celebrated with a launch event on 29th November at the Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) at their High Wycombe Campus, whilst also providing an exclusive look at the completed £20m development.

Here Maris was tasked with delivering a turnkey, D&B solution on a complex project in just 61 weeks, transforming tired legacy buildings and creating the ‘heart of the campus’ for BNU.

Professor Nick Braisby, Vice Chancellor of BNU will explain the vision for the development, while Alex Hunt, Managing Director at Maris Education, will share exclusive details of how such a massive redevelopment has been achieved from the design, right through to the construction and why building a brand new Atrium isn’t as simple as it sounds.

“Maris is delighted to be selected as an AUDE Business Partner. We look forward to participating and doing our best to add value to AUDE in the fast-changing, higher education and built environments. Our turnkey, D&B, refurbishment and fit-out route has proven to be highly successful with many universities when they’ve required speed, cost and programme certainty. We are passionate about what we do and always available to talk or meet, so please do make contact”

Alex Hunt, Managing Director, Maris Education

Find out more about our work in higher education

Buckinghamshire New University
Fordham University
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
King’s College London
Teesside University
London South Bank University