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Morgan Sindall claims three deals worth £43m

Morgan Sindall has won a £20 million deal to revamp Manchester Victoria station.

Glenigan has reported that the contractor had won the deal which will include a new ETFE roof and the refurbishment of the station’s Grade II-listed buildings.

It has also been appointed to build the new £8 million offices for The Highland Council, in Wick.

Work will involve the demolition of the existing listed council building in Market Place, originally constructed in the 1860s, and the delivery of 24,000 sq ft of office space.

The new building house the social care and education culture and sport departments currently based elsewhere in the town. It will be clad in timber to the rear, with stone and glazing to the frontage, and will also feature a clock face.

Morgan Sindall will also undertake the refurbishment and restoration of the adjoining curved Stafford Place Buildings which were built in the 1820s. The listed façade, which forms part of the High Street, will be preserved following consultations with Historic Scotland.  

Morgan Sindall area director Neil Duncan said: “This project signals the beginning of a major transformation of Wick, and we are pleased to be working with The Highland Council to deliver this significant development. Whilst the building will be modern in design, it will complement Stafford Place and provide a high standard of office accommodation to best meet 21st century working needs.  

“A project of this size will have a big impact on the local economy and we always look to support the communities in which we work. We will be aiming to appoint a number of local sub-contractors and, in turn, recruit apprentices from the area during the 18 month project.”

The offices are due for completion in autumn 2014. The project aims to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent through the use of a range of sustainable elements including the use of an environmentally friendly biomass boiler. 

Morgan Sindall has also announced a £14.7 million contract to construct a sustainable centre for the University of Essex which will house Essex Business School.

The development at the University’s Colchester Campus will comprise the construction of a new three-storey 5,500 sq m building which brings the business school, which is currently spread across six buildings, under one central roof.

Essex Business School is due to be completed in early summer 2014 and will include a 200-seat lecture theatre, a number of smaller seminar rooms, learning and teaching areas, common rooms and social spaces for students.

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