Offsite construction specialist, The McAvoy Group has signed a contract to deliver a new English-based school worth £18m and has secured preferred bidder status on a second major project worth a further £18m.
Both of the prestigious projects will be funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA).
McAvoy this week confirmed it had signed the contract to build Goresbrook School, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham which was awarded through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Framework and that it had secured preferred bidder status for a similar project at Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy Trust, Slough, awarded through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Framework for Modular Building Systems.
Goresbrook is a Wave 3 Free School founded by United Learning. This scheme is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and when complete will be an all-through school for pupils from nursery to sixth form, the full range of facilities are being provided for 1355 pupils in the 10,381m2 school on the site of a former leisure centre.
Meanwhile McAvoy is the preferred bidder for a new 8,050m2 build project at the 1100+ pupil Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy which will be a secondary school for 11-19 year olds.
According to McAvoy Group Managing Director, Eugene Lynch, offsite construction is the perfect choice to meet the demand for teaching facilities within the UK’s School Building Programme.
“Offsite construction brings with it the benefits of speed, flexibility, decreased disruption and a greatly reduced impact on the environment. Our growing reputation across the UK for the quality of the school buildings we deliver has resulted in significant success across a number of major frameworks that have been established for the delivery of schools funded through the Education Funding Agency (EFA). In the past three years we have completed 12 projects worth £81m under the auspices of these Frameworks.
“These are exciting and challenging times for our business as our offsite methods of construction and smart build techniques continue to be embraced by education authorities throughout GB and Ireland. We are proud of our progress to date and will continue to develop our skills set to ensure our specialist provision across our various operating sectors is one of the best throughout GB and Ireland.”