McAvoy Group secures £5m education deal
IT’S six of the best and counting for Coalisland based modular construction specialists, the McAvoy Group, as it has just been awarded a lucrative series of school contracts in the City of London.
The projects, which range from extension works to the provision of completely new premises, have a combined value of more than £5 million and mark the latest phase in a concerted export drive into the English marketplace by the local company.
The contracts, all successfully tendered for under the GPS Framework, will provide much needed state-of-the-art classroom provision plus ancillary accommodation in the London Boroughs of Enfield, Waltham Forest, Merton and Barnet, as well as an extension to a Victorian School in Kensington and additional accommodation for schools in Essex and Bristol.
Two of the contracts are in the Borough of Merton, at the Poplar Primary School and Garfield Primary School, where both schools will benefit from the provision of single storey two classroom buildings plus ancillary accommodation, foundations and enabling works.
The Enfield scheme comprises the design, construction and installation of a 489 square metre modular school building at Worcester School while at the Gwyn Jones Primary School in the Borough of Waltham Forest, the provision is for a Special Education Needs (SEN) single storey extension comprising four new classrooms, with designated toilets and storage facilities and a new central administration block.
McAvoy will also provide a single storey modular classroom building and ancillary accommodation, foundations and enabling works at Blessed Dominic Primary School in the London Borough of Barnet.
Meanwhile in Kensington, the McAvoy team has been engaged by main contractors, Morgan Sindall, to deliver a 740 square metre split level hub which will connect two existing buildings comprising a mix of accommodation within the Victorian School.
In addition McAvoy has won two further contracts in England - one at Endeavour School, Brentwood for Essex County Council comprising four classrooms, group room, life skills kitchenette, SEN office, toilets, store and cloaks area as well as siteworks and landscaping and the other in Bristol, at the Hannah More School where a double storey modular structure with three new classes on each floor is being provided.
As modular construction specialists the majority of the work will be carried out off-site at McAvoy’s premises in Dungannon and Lisburn.
Commenting on the newly awarded contracts, McAvoy Group Business Development Director, Orla Corr, OBE said: “With the recent downturn in the construction sector locally we have been increasingly looking outside of the Province for new opportunities.
“Our off-site building technology helps to deliver educational facilities within a reduced time-frame and with significantly less disruption on site.
“These school contracts represent something of a breakthrough within the education sector in England and we are hopeful that more will follow.”
McAvoy’s experience within the education sector locally ranges from complete colleges to classroom extensions, laboratories, lecture theatres, administration blocks, single classrooms and nurseries.
“Our off-site building expertise leads to faster completion times, less environmental impact, and enhanced quality and increasingly more and more clients are opting for modular construction solutions,” concluded Orla.
Congratulating the company, Kevin McCann, Invest Northern Ireland’s Director of Advanced Engineering and Construction, said: “McAvoy Group is working hard to identify new opportunities in Great Britain and has undertaken extensive marketing development activities supported by Invest NI in recent months. Securing these valuable contracts is a mark of this firm’s progressive attitude and entrepreneurial focus and I’m delighted its plans are now coming to fruition.”
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