Morgan Sindall wins £1.4 million school expansion in Bury
Morgan Sindall has been appointed to deliver a £1.4 million expansion of King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds.
Work is already underway on the project which will see the school extended and refurbished in order to increase its capacity ready for the new academic year in 2016.
The school’s media centre will be doubled in size, with extensions at either end of the building. The changes to the single-storey structure, which features a curved profile roof, are to accommodate the increased demand for information and communications technology at the school.
Morgan Sindall will also upgrade the school’s administration building and conference centre which are located within the school’s main campus. The project team will install new steel work in the administration area and remove an internal wall to maximise floor space. The conference centre will also undergo major internal refurbishments including the addition of a new kitchen.
The mechanical and electrical components of all three buildings will be upgraded as part of the project.
Temporary teaching space will be made available while work is being carried out, with the intention to minimise disruption to learning during construction. Morgan Sindall will also deliver hard and soft external landscaping including the construction of new bicycle shelters for students.
The project is the first to be delivered under the £500 million Suffolk County Council construction framework, a four-year scheme which has been created with the intention of streamlining the procurement and delivery of public sector buildings.
Gavin Napper, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to be undertaking this important project under Suffolk County Council’s construction framework.
“The expansion will provide students with a modern learning environment whilst creating a more effective workplace for staff.
“We’re looking forward to engaging with students and staff throughout the duration of this project, having offered several work placements to students at King Edward VI School. The placements will give students access and exposure to a vast array of potential career paths within the construction industry, with a view to completing their academic studies having gained valuable, real-world work experience with Morgan Sindall.”
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