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Morgan Sindall starts work at new £6.9 million Pines School in Birmingham

A photograph of representatives from Morgan Sindall, The Pines School and Birmingham City Council at the ground breaking event

Morgan Sindall has started work on the new Pines Special Education Needs (SEN) School in Marsh Hill, Birmingham, won under the Constructing West Midlands (CWM) framework for Birmingham City Council (BCC). The CWM framework was set up by BCC and Acivico and covers the whole of the greater West Midlands region.

To celebrate the beginning of the work, the team working on the project held a ground breaking event. The school is one of eight that Morgan Sindall will be working on in the region under the framework.

The Pines School project comprises a £6.9 million refurbishment of the derelict Josiah Mason College and Canavan building on Marsh Hill, which is due to complete in autumn 2016. The project will result in the relocation of The Pines Special School from its current location at Dreghorn Road.

The project will provide a modernised environment to suit the needs of the 200 reception to key stage six children with SEN. The school will be split across two buildings, both three storeys, and will include new teaching areas, shared halls, dining, kitchen facilities and external play and learning areas. The structure includes a number of sensory spaces that include specialist Speech and Language Therapy and Calm rooms for the children.

Councillor Brigid Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said; “This scheme is a great example of the collaborative working between all parties to bring forward a project that will help meet the city’s demand for additional special school places for some of our most vulnerable children. This will provide a much-needed new home for the Pines Special School and help to create an improved environment for children to learn in, having a really positive impact on their education.”

Councillor Penny Holbrook, Cabinet Member for Skills, Learning & Culture said; “I am really pleased that the building phase of Pines has begun, there is a significant need for an increase in special education provision across Birmingham and this presents the opportunity to both address this need but also build a community based education campus.”

Sue Brandwood, Head Teacher said; “Governors, staff and parents are delighted that The Pines School project is now underway, as the newly refurbished building will provide essential space, resources and enhanced learning opportunities which will positively impact on the education we can offer to our children. We look forward to becoming part of the Stockland Green community in the near future.”

Jake Sullivan Project Manager for Acivico said; “I am delighted that Acivico is leading on the delivery of this exciting project by providing first class project management, quantity surveying and design services. The collaborative working between the Education team at Birmingham City Council and the Construction West Midlands Framework, is a fantastic example of the ’one team’ philosophy which has been embraced by everyone involved in the project.

We look forward to a successful project which will no doubt enhance the learning experience of the children and young people who attend the Pines School”.

Richard Fielding, area director at Morgan Sindall, said; “This school will be of a huge benefit to its pupils and their families. It is a project we are very proud to be involved in.”

Morgan Sindall is in a consortium arrangement with its sister company Lovell on the multi-contractor Constructing West Midlands framework.

The consortium, known as Community Solutions, had its role on Lot 7 of the framework extended this year. This covers major capital projects with a value in excess of £500,000.

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