Morgan Sindall secures key education projects

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The construction and infrastructure company, Morgan Sindall, is playing a significant role in upgrading Nottinghamshire schools, winning five projects in the county in the past six months.

The company has secured construction contracts with a combined value of £6million through the East Midlands Property Alliance (EMPA) framework, formed by Local Authorities across the region to improve the delivery of property services to their communities.

Morgan Sindall won a place on the four-year framework in 2009 and has the opportunity to bid for projects valued between £500,000 and £2million.

The company has been selected by Nottinghamshire County Council to develop three schools in the region through the framework. The projects include the refurbishment of Magnus Church of England Comprehensive and Grove Comprehensive School, both in Newark, with a combined contract value of £3.5 million and a £1.2 million new build development at Chuter Ede Annex School, Fernwood.

Coun Reg Adair, chairman of Finance and Property Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Huge improvements are being made to school buildings across the county. Nottinghamshire County Council is investing £100 million in school building refurbishment over a three year period; over and above the Government’s proposed spend on the county’s schools through the Priority Schools Building Programme.

“Through the East Midlands Property Alliance framework, we have been able to secure the best possible deal for the taxpayer for this investment, both in terms of the standard of work and value for money.”

Nottingham City Council has also appointed Morgan Sindall to construction projects at two of the city’s schools. These include a £756,000 extension at Welbeck Primary and Nursery to increase the school’s annual intake of students and a £590,000 development at Middleton Primary School, Wollaton Park.

Julian Price, area manager at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to be a construction partner under the EMPA framework. We were selected by the city and county councils as a preferred contractor for a four-year term and this subsequent success affirms our ability to consistently deliver high quality schemes while working closely with local communities.

“The East Midlands Property Alliance framework has driven improvements in performance, efficiency and value for money in procurement and we have enjoyed working closely with both councils to deliver a number of education, commercial and leisure projects in the region. Our team has achieved exceptional results against key performance indicators and we’re looking forward to the challenge of continuing to perform well.”

Framework contracts provide an efficient and transparent means of procuring and delivering construction projects including new build and refurbishment schemes in education and general community buildings. Construction partners are selected for their capability and also their commitment to partnering.