Morgan Ashurst secures first contracts worth £71 million in £400 million Hull BSF scheme

Morgan Sindall’s construction business Morgan Ashurst has been awarded the first two contracts, worth £71 million, in Hull City Council’s £400 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

The two contracts are a £38 million project to build Winifred Holtby and Tweendykes, a new secondary and special education needs school in Midmere Avenue, Hull, and a £33 million scheme to build Archbishop Sentamu Academy, a new academy school in Preston Road, Hull.

The contract awards follow the Hull Esteem Consortium, comprising Morgan Sindall’s investments division Morgan Sindall Investments (MSIL), Robertson Capital Projects, and the Sewell Group, reaching financial close on Hull’s Building Our Future strategy – a 25-year framework to redevelop 17 schools across the city.

Together, the consortium will deliver seven new-build schemes and 10 remodels or refurbishment projects. The four-year construction programme is expected to be worth £200 million to Morgan Ashurst. Work is expected to be completed in 2014.

“We are pleased to be part of both the construction and investment team on this BSF project which is set to transform education facilities across Hull,” says Paul Smith, chief executive of Morgan Sindall plc. “Morgan Ashurst’s experience and ability make us one of the UK’s leading construction groups in the education sector.”

Photo: An artist’s impression of the new Archbishop Sentamu Academy which Morgan Ashurst will build under Hull City Council’s £400 million Building Schools for the Future scheme.