Galliford Try acquisition Miller Construction wins £51m Scottish Schools Work
Miller Construction, recently acquired by Galliford Try, has reached financial close on a £35.4m project to construct the new Inverness Royal Academy and a £15.4m project to construct Noss Primary School in Wick.
Miller Construction will complete both projects for Hub North Scotland Limited, the public/private development company working in partnership with The Highland Council.
The Inverness Royal Academy work, due for completion by summer 2016, involves the construction of a new four-storey replacement school, sports pitches, an outdoor terraced teaching area, gardens, landscaping and a car park and bus drop-off area. The new Academy campus will cater for around 1,500 pupils ranging from age 11 to 18.
The Noss Primary School project involves construction of a combined replacement primary school for both the North and Hillhead existing primary schools, a new nursery and enhanced facilities to support education for pupils with additional needs. The new school will accommodate close to 400 pupils over 14 classrooms. The project will be delivered in two phases with final completion due in spring 2016.
Galliford Try Chief Executive Greg Fitzgerald said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement with Hub North Scotland Limited and The Highland Council on these significant education contracts and are now able to get the projects underway. The Miller Construction business is an important addition to the Group and these awards reflect its reputation and strong market presence in the education sector in Scotland.
“We look forward to successfully delivering both projects for our client and wider stakeholders, and in turn providing pupils, teachers and the communities in Inverness and Wick with an enhanced built environment and improved facilities.”
Earlier this month, Galliford Try acquired Miller construction for £16.57m after the latter reported £4m losses.
Winvic tops out first hotel project in Milton Keynes
A roof covering programme is now underway which will be followed by floor and ceiling curtain walling, and extensive glazing on the 13th floor, which will contain a sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space.
Work on envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year.
Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over in July 2022.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, said: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel," he said.
Winvic recently lifted eight railway bridge beams into place over the A5, 2km north of M1 J18. It is one of three bridges that Winvic is constructing for Prologis at DIRFT III in Northamptonshire, as part of a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal.