Off-site construction specialists The McAvoy Group have successfully completed five schools as part of a number of current UK contracts awarded last year under a Framework Agreement for the Education Funding Agency (EFA), worth a total of £55m.
The EFA Framework success reinforces McAvoy’s position as a major provider of permanent school buildings across the UK and Ireland.
In the past year alone the Irish company has won 12 major school projects in the UK as well as two large Rapid Build schemes at Naas and Kildare in Ireland secured in a joint venture with Glasgiven Contracts, and worth a total of €8.9m.
The UK projects include new Primary and Secondary schools, a new Sixth Form Centre and Special Educational Needs (SENs) in multiple locations across England, with McAvoy appointed as the Design & Build Main Contractor.
The company is currently in the process of delivering another seven school projects – two of which are awaiting planning consent, Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy in Slough and Nanaskar Primary School, Middlesex with the remaining schemes at the detailed design and development stage.
Three schools were handed over at the end of last year – NAS Thames Valley in Reading, Grindon Hall Christian School in Tyne & Wear and Krishna Avanti Primary School (KAPS) in Middlesex. Since then, Churchill Special Free School in Suffolk has been officially handed over in February 2014.
Churchill Special School in Suffolk is 2100m2 two-storey new-build Special Education Needs facility accommodating 70 children and complements the existing Samuel Ward Academy Trust School, and opened its doors to pupils in February 2014.
Meanwhile, construction has started at Anand Primary School in Wolverhampton, The ContinU Plus Academy in Kidderminster, The Commonweal School in Old Town Swindon and Boston Pioneers Free School Academy, Lincolnshire.
Other schools currently in the pipeline are Southend YMCA and West Newcastle Academy.
Orla Corr, McAvoy Business Development Director, added: “Winning contracts to build schools in both the UK and Ireland is proof that off site construction is now a viable alternative to traditional building techniques. We use modern methods of construction to provide quality, technically innovative and highly specialised facilities as demanded by the education sector in the UK and Ireland on time and on budget.”