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Morgan Sindall wins £6.5 million contract to extend Harrow College in Middlesex

Morgan Sindall has been appointed to deliver a £6.5 million expansion to Harrow College, Middlesex.

The project, which is already underway, will see Morgan Sindall staff demolish temporary units in order to expand the college with the construction of a four storey enterprise unit. The expansion will include new classrooms with room for a total of 580 students and approximately 140 staff.

The new facility will radically improve the teaching spaces at the college, making way for new open plan areas for learning. The project team will also be undertaking external landscaping, including hard landscaping of a courtyard for pupils and staff to enjoy.

The building is targeting a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Excellent rating and will feature a number of sustainable elements. This includes natural ventilation, with passive cooling, solar control glazing and low energy internal lighting and air quality indicators. The building will also use photovoltaic panels which will generate electricity by converting solar energy.

New external landscaping has been designed and implemented with the aid of a specialist in animal habitats, to provide shelter for local bat, bird and insect species.

Judith Abbott, Director of Finance and Resources at Harrow College said: “Harrow College is delighted that Morgan Sindall will help us achieve our vision to upgrade our estate and create a vibrant and dynamic Business Enterprise Centre to meet the business education needs of all Harrow residents and contribute to revitalising the image and appearance of the Town Centre.

“Sustainability is very important to us, and this is a unique opportunity for us to combine high standards of sustainability within a contemporary development that will provide outstanding new facilities and an inspirational learning environment.”

The project is due for completion in August 2015, which means that, for a large majority of the construction process, the team will be operating in a live college environment. Construction works will be segregated using hoardings, however the site and the college will be sharing a common entrance. Morgan Sindall will be timing deliveries in order to minimise disruption to the college.

Bob Ensch, area director of Morgan Sindall, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to the Harrow College Enterprise Centre project. The new facility will be an incredible asset to the local community, improving the educational courses available to local residents. The college has been designed in line with national sustainability standards and will provide students with state of the art sustainable facilities in which to continue their education.

“Morgan Sindall is well versed in delivering education projects, as well as dealing with the complexities that can arise from working in a live college environment and this project will be no exception.”

AA Projects is providing the project management, as well as the Employer’s Agent, quantity surveying, BREEAM Assessor and CDM Coordinator services on the new scheme, whilst IBI Taylor Young are the Architects, AJP Consulting Engineers are the Consulting Engineers and Waterman Engineers are providing the Mechanical & Electrical Engineers.

Prakash Patel from AA Projects said: “We are delighted that works are progressing with the delivery of this sustainable, contemporary development that will provide outstanding new facilities and an inspirational learning environment for local students.”

Morgan Sindall has also recently been appointed to expand three secondary schools in Barnet as part of a £12.2 million borough-wide school expansion scheme. The projects for the London Borough of Barnet will see Copthall School in Mill Hill, Compton School in Friern Barnet and Christ’s College Secondary School in Finchley expanded and upgraded as part of Morgan Sindall’s ongoing commitment to delivering first rate education projects.

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For more information about this news release please contact Annie Murray at Paver Smith on 0151-239-5000 or e-mail murray@paversmith.co.uk