Morgan Sindall hands over latest school in £44.5 million batch
Morgan Sindall has handed over the latest school that it is delivering through the Constructing West Midlands (CWM) framework.
Hamilton School is the ninth school that the company has delivered over the last 12 months in the Birmingham area, as part of a batch worth a combined total of £44.5 million.
Located on Hamilton Road, to the north of the city centre, Hamilton School is a special educational needs primary school and has been able to almost double its intake due to the construction of a £2 million extension.
The new 12,000 sq ft annexe takes the total number of available school places to 110. It provides four new classrooms, a new sensory room, a small group teaching room, toilets and a staff room.
To accommodate the two-storey expansion, the site team demolished part of the rear of the school and installed a glazed corridor, linking the existing building to the new unit. In addition, a new external courtyard was built, and the staff car park and outdoor play area expanded.
Particular consideration had to be given to the close proximity of residential properties and the designers also had to contend with varying levels of terrain.
Over the last 12 months Morgan Sindall has successfully delivered nine schools out of a batch of 10 in the West Midlands. The company is still on-site with St Joseph’s Primary School, with work due to complete in spring 2017. Morgan Sindall was awarded the work by Birmingham City Council (BCC) due to its ongoing place on the CWM framework. The nine completed schools are:
- The Oaks School
- Perry Beeches V
- Cherry Oak School
- Paganel School
- Baskerville School
- Dame Ellen Primary School
- The Pines School
- Rednal Hill School
- Hamilton School
All of the schools – and indeed all of the projects Morgan Sindall has completed on the framework – have been completed on time, in line with budget and without fault.
Alongside these key tenets, Morgan Sindall’s activity on the framework has seen 89 per cent of the work awarded to local subcontractors, injecting £140m into the regional economy and creating valuable jobs over the last five years.
Dave Kelly, CWM framework manager for Morgan Sindall, said: “The challenging economic climate and uncertainty in the construction sector means that the role of frameworks has never been more important.
“We’re proud of the part we have played in establishing the CWM framework as a stand-out example of what can be achieved through efficient and collaborative procurement. This latest batch of successfully delivered schools is testament to the kind of public sector projects Morgan Sindall has built a reputation delivering.
“As a company we strive to add value to the communities within which we work. Alongside the local jobs created by our contracts, we’re committed to providing education and development opportunities in the form of apprenticeships, careers talks and job shadowing.
“Supporting socio-economic development in the Midlands is crucial to growing the UK economy as a whole. Morgan Sindall is pleased to be playing such a major role in this and we’re delighted with the recent news that we have retained our place on the CWM framework.”
Morgan Sindall is in a consortium arrangement with its sister company Lovell on the multi-contractor CWM framework. The consortium, known as Community Solutions, had its role on Lot 7 of the framework extended in September. Lot 7 covers major capital projects with a value in excess of £500,000.
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