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Morgan Sindall wins £160m Brighton council deal

Morgan Sindall has landed a £160m deal to become the contracting partner for Brighton and Hove City Council for the next five years.

The firm has been named as the council’s principal contractor responsible for all projects to be built under the Brighton and Hove strategic construction partnership.

The deal, which has an option for a two-year extension based on performance, will also require early advice from the contractor on aspects such as buildability, site set-up and other associated activities.

Morgan Sindall will take over as contracting partner from incumbent Westridge Construction, which has held the role since January 2014 and will hand over on 5 January next year. 

The full value of the deal across the five years is estimated at £160m, with £96m of work expected to be up for grabs for subcontractors, particularly those providing M&E and roofing and cladding services.

In the previous partnership, Westridge was required to employ a high percentage of local labour and subcontractors through the council’s local labour scheme.

Westridge’s existing deal was worth £60m over the four-year period.

Morgan Sindall’s deal will cover one of four lots procured as part of the partnership, with the council also selecting a structural engineer partner, a quantity surveyor and a health and safety adviser.

Hove-based engineer Hop Consulting landed the structural engineer role, while Kent’s Potter Rapper Partnership secured both the quantity surveyor and health and safety adviser deals.

The partnership will also be used by external bodies outside of Brighton & Hove City Council, including Surrey Council, East Sussex Council and the Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group.

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