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Morgan Sindall to deliver flagship Sunesis Mosaic Primary School

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure has been appointed to build a new primary school and nursery in Derby, which will provide more than 200 much needed school places.

Based on Radbourne Lane, to the west of the city centre, Hackwood Primary will be a Sunesis Mosaic model, delivered through the Scape Venture framework. The £5 million flagship project is the largest to be delivered through the framework, which builds certainty into public-private partnerships.

Derby City Council has commissioned the new 14,000 square foot school in collaboration with residential developers Redrow Homes East Midlands and Miller Homes, which are funding the project as part of their plans to build more than 700 new homes on the neighbouring Hackwood Farm estate.

The modular single-storey school, designed by Lungfish Architects, will house six classrooms and a 26-place nursery. The innovative, expandable layout will allow additional teaching space to be added in the future, taking the total capacity up to 315.

Independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy, Pick Everard is providing project management and quantity surveying services for the project.

The efficiency of the modular and offsite construction process will enable the school to be built in less than nine months. Work is scheduled to start in January and the project is expected to complete in time for the new academic year in September 2019.

Rob Cant, framework director at Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure in the Midlands, said: “Innovative framework procurement options offer long-term social value for councils and the communities they serve. We are pleased to be delivering the new, first class education facilities at Hackwood Primary School as part of Scape’s Venture framework.”

Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Derby City Council said: “I’m delighted that we have appointed Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and excited to see the Lungfish-designed school taking shape ahead of its September opening.”

Mike Salter, Group Development Director at Scape Venture added: “Hackwood Primary School is a perfect example of how the private and public sector can work together through the Scape Venture framework to deliver a new community facility in the most efficient way. It’s an innovative and exciting collaboration with Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure, Lungfish and Sunesis working together utilising our Mosaic offsite product to ensure the school is delivered quickly with minimal impact on the environment.”

Fran Cox, Operations Director at Sunesis added: “Hackwood is a fantastic example of the collaboration of different organisations, wrapping support around a client who had a challenging problem to solve. To have designed, procured and built a primary school within just 12 months is no mean feat and I am thrilled that Sunesis has enabled this.”

Adrian Ceney, partner at Pick Everard, said: “We are delighted to be involved in a landmark project, which will complete the Hackwood Farm estate and benefit hundreds of children.

“The school is currently being fabricated off-site in Hull – the first of its kind in the UK – and will be delivered to Derby ahead of the start of the academic year in 2019. The Mosaic product is ground-breaking and is enabling the school to be delivered quicker, something that is so important when it comes to meeting demand for much-needed school places, and with low impact on the environment.”

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