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Morgan Sindall secures education projects worth over £10 million on Smarte East framework

Morgan Sindall has secured education construction contracts worth a combined total of £10.5 million since being appointed to the £500 million Smarte East Framework.

The company won a place on the four-year framework in April 2011 and was appointed on Lot 2 (projects ranging in value from £550,000 to under £2.5 million) and Lot 3 (projects valued at £2.5 million and over) of the framework.

The company has since been selected by Hertfordshire County Council to construct four primary schools in Hertfordshire through the framework.

Hertfordshire County Council deputy cabinet member for Education and Skills, Terry Douris, says: “We are pleased to be working with Morgan Sindall on our primary school expansion programme. The collaboration will help the county council provide new surroundings which will offer an excellent environment to teach, learn and play.”

John Homer, managing director for the South East at Morgan Sindall, says: “We are delighted to have been awarded a place on the Smarte East Framework and believe that Morgan Sindall’s strong ethos of collaborative working and proven good practice makes us an effective partner on schemes large and small.

“Smarte East has driven improvements in performance, efficiency and value for money in procurement and we have enjoyed working closely with Hertfordshire County Council to deliver a number of education projects in the region. Our team has achieved exceptional results against key performance indicators as well as customer satisfaction and we are looking forward to the challenge of continuing to perform well over the next four years.”

Projects already secured by Morgan Sindall include a £3.3 million contract to extend Cassiobury Primary School in Watford, and a £2 million contract to extend Beechfield Primary in Watford.

The company has also won a £2.8 million contract to extend Fairlands Primary School in Stevenage and a £2.4 million to extend Holywell Primary School in Watford.

The developments form part of the local authority’s efforts to expand local schools and deliver state-of-the-art facilities for children in the county.

The Morgan Sindall team utilised a number of effective construction techniques, including using pre-made timber frames, to construct the single storey school buildings. Other methods included using pre-assembled classroom modules, which are built off-site and fitted together and erected on-site. The use of these techniques significantly lowers the time it takes to construct a new school building and minimises disruption for staff and students, while providing buildings of exceptional quality.

The Smarte East Alliance is a coalition between three East of England local authorities, namely Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk county councils. It was formed with the aim of achieving efficiency, reliability and continuous improvement in the procurement and delivery of public sector capital works projects.

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For more information about this news release please contact Ruth Cobban at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email Cobban@paversmith.co.uk