Hampshire County Council, Reading Borough Council, Surrey County Council and West Sussex County Council have a shared services arrangement, working as the Property Services Cluster (PSC). The PSC, which enables the councils to work together to save money, is using the IESE (Improvement & Efficiency South East) framework to deliver about 30 schools with a combined construction value of roughly £100m.
Miller Construction has three of the nine schools in Tranche 1 and is already on site at all three. These are: St John’s CE (VA) Primary School in Reading; Boxgrove Primary School in Surrey; and Tweseldown Infant School in Hampshire. The combined contract value for these is £13m. The contracts include a mixture of extensive remodelling, refurbishment, demolition and external works.
Miller is also delivering pre-construction services on 10 schools across Surrey as part of Tranche 2: De Stafford Primary, Stamford Green Primary, Cranmere Primary, Hurst Park Primary, Esher High School, Redhill, Horley NE, Langshott Primary, Earlswood Junior and Holmesdale Infant School, with a combined value of £35.5m.
Works have also started on the first school in Tranche 2, with the majority of these projects anticipated to be completed by September 2015.
Miller Construction is working collaboratively with the PSC authorities and the other contractors who are delivering the remaining 18 schools in the first and second tranches.
Miller Construction chief executive Chris Webster said: “This appointment reiterates our continued commitment to our strategy focussing on long-term partnerships and framework agreements. We have a proven track record in the education market and we are confident the schools we deliver as part of this framework will leave behind a positive legacy for the pupils who will use them.”