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Morgan Sindall Construction Completes Modular Derby School

Infra News - Published on Wed, 14 Oct 2020

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Morgan Sindall Construction has handed over a new 210-place modular primary school, which has been built in just nine months and handed over a week early, despite the logistical challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The GBP 5.3 million Highfields Spencer Academy has been delivered under-budget for Derbyshire County Council in Littleover and will be governed by the Spencer Academy Trust.

Procured through the Scape Regional Construction framework, the project is the second example in as many years of a modular education scheme Morgan Sindall Construction has delivered in record time through the framework, further raising the bar for offsite school building.

Located on Tutbury Avenue, the new academy will provide 210 primary and nursery places to pupils aged 3 to 11 within the local area. Derbyshire County Council commissioned the scheme in anticipation of a population increase generated by Highfields Estate, the new build housing development near to the school.

Designed by Lungfish Architects, the single-storey, 15,510 square foot main building features seven general purpose classrooms, a reception, nursery and a double storey main hall. External facilities include a soft play area, a large playing field, and a MUGA pitch. Students will also benefit from a visitors’ garden and allotment area. There will be an additional parking area and cycle storage facilities.

As much of the work on the 45 pre-fabricated modules was carried out offsite, within subcontractor Eco Modular’s factory in Hull, it could be completed safely and efficiently, unaffected by the logistical challenges facing many construction sites around the country. The school’s external framework arrived with the windows and roof sections already in place, while M&E fittings were also completed within the factory, reducing subcontractor traffic to site.

Work which needed to be completed onsite was done in line with government guidelines and all members of the supply chain worked collaboratively to ensure each other’s safety and wellbeing.

The result was a successful handover of keys which took place one week earlier than planned as well as being under-budget. An official opening event will take place later this year, following the beginning of the new academic term.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 14 Oct 2020
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