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Galliford Try seals £85m school orders

15 Dec 15 Galliford Try has won a pair of contracts in the education sector with a combined value of £85m.

The planned Largs campus
The planned Largs campus

Galliford Try's Morrison Construction business has been named preferred contractor by Hub South West Scotland on behalf of North Ayrshire Council for the £43.3m construction of the new Largs education campus.

At the same time, Galliford Try's Building business has reached financial close with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) on the £41.9m Greenwich, Lewisham and Croydon batch of schools in London through the priority school building programme.

At Largs, Morrison will now seek planning permission for the scheme, which includes the relocation of Largs Academy, along with a relocated St Mary's RC Primary School and an additional primary school, created by the amalgamation of Brisbane and Kelburn Primary Schools. The campus will be built on the grounds of the Sportscotland Inverclyde National Centre at Burnside Road in Largs.

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The campus will accommodate a maximum pupil roll of 2,120 aged from two to 18. Galliford Try's Investments business will also be investing in the company that is being set up to deliver the project.

In London, the three schools in the batch include the £29m Archbishop Lanfranc Academy project in Croydon. This will create a new building for an expanded roll of 1,350 pupils and provide new sporting facilities including a full athletics track. New buildings for Our Lady of Grace RC Primary and Wingfield Primary schools in Greenwich, make up the remainder of the contract. A £5.5m contract for a fourth school in the batch, Invicta Primary School in Greenwich, had been concluded earlier in the year.

Galliford Try chief executive Peter Truscott said: "We are now firmly established as one of the leading education contractors in the country with the total value of our order book in the sector exceeding £1bn. This success is testament to our collaborative approach in working with both public sector commissioning bodies and schools to produce excellent facilities around the country, and we look forward to creating further high quality school buildings for the children of Largs and south London."

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