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Major schools contract awarded

Morgan Sindall has been awarded three school-building contracts worth £65 million by Hull City Council.

The three projects, which form part of the council’s Building School’s for the Future (BSF) programme, are expected to be completed by January 2013 in time for the start of the new school term.

The contracts comprise construction of Kingswood College of Arts, a new art-focused school, the new Oakfield Special Needs School and the Andrew Marvell Business and Enterprise College (AMBEC) which will be rebuilt on the existing site.

Morgan Sindall regional managing director Gordon Ray said: “This is another major step forward for Hull’s largest regeneration scheme and great news for the local communities that these three new schools will serve.

“Morgan Sindall is nearing completion on the BSF programme’s two ‘sample’ schemes at Winifred Holtby and Tweendykes School and Archbishop Sentamu Academy. Both projects are set to be delivered on time and to budget, ready for the start of the new school year.

“We are looking forward to working closely with these three latest schools, and their communities, to deliver more vital learning facilities,” he added.

The agreement follows the Hull Esteem Consortium reaching financial close on this phase of the BSF programme. The consortium is a partnership consisting of Morgan Sindall Investments, Robertson Capital Projects and the Hull-based Sewell Group.

The deal follows BSF’s announcement in June that a £50 million contract for three other schools was awarded to the Sewell Group, including the Northern Academy and the Malet Lambert School.

The BSF scheme is set to reach completion by early 2014, costing a total £400 million.