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Miller Construction closes £50m school building deals

22 Jul 14 Miller Construction has reached financial close on a pair of Scottish school building projects together worth more than £50m.

Artist impression of Inverness Royal Academy to be delivered by Miller Construction
Artist impression of Inverness Royal Academy to be delivered by Miller Construction

The Galliford Try subsidiary will build the new Inverness Royal Academy for £35.4m and Noss Primary School in Wick for £15.4m.

The two contracts are part of a £200m programme of new school building work awarded to Miller Construction last October. Project client is Hub North Scotland, the public/private development company working in partnership with The Highland Council.

Miller Construction was acquired by Galliford Try earlier this month.

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The Inverness Royal Academy project, scheduled 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. It will cater for approximately 1,500 secondary school pupils.

The smaller contract involves the construction of a combined replacement primary school for both of the existing North and Hillhead primary schools, with 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 scheduled for 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."

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