Miller appointed selected bidder for £156m batch of North East schools

Miller Construction has been appointed selected bidder by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for the second batch of schools to be delivered under the Government’s new PF2 private finance route.

With an estimated construction value of over £100 million, the batch – procured as part of the Priority School Building Programme – consists of six secondary schools and six primary schools in the North East of England.

Miller will be responsible for the design and construction of the schools as well as the provision of maintenance and lifecycle services over a 25-year period, valued at an additional £55 million. In line with its strategy of providing end to end solutions, Miller will also be lead private equity investment partner.

The construction programme will provide new, purpose-built facilities which will benefit more than 8,350 pupils across the region, as well as providing 188 nursery places.

The secondary schools included in this batch are: Bedlingtonshire Community High School, Northumberland; The Duchess’s Community High School, Northumberland; Laurence Jackson School, Redcar and Cleveland; Longbenton Community College, North Tyneside; Hetton School, Sunderland and Seaham School of Technology, County Durham.

The primary schools included in this batch are: Front Street Primary School, Gateshead; Hylton Castle Primary School, Sunderland; Lingey House Primary School, Gateshead; Mandale Mill Primary School, Stockton on Tees; Roman Road Primary School, Gateshead and Shiney Row Primary School, Sunderland.

The next stage for EFA, Miller Construction and the schools is to engage in a six month detailed design stage through to financial close. Financial close is targeted for the end of 2014 with construction starting on-sites soon after. All schools included in this batch are due to be completed by August 2016.

Chris Webster, Chief Executive, Miller Construction, said:

“We are delighted to have been appointed as selected bidder for this batch of schools across the North East. In line with our strategy of providing integrated solutions across the full property lifecycle, we will fund, design, build and care for these schools.

“This latest appointment builds on our track record of delivering and maintaining high quality and best value learning environments that support improved educational achievement. We now look forward to working closely with the schools to finalise the designs so we can start to deliver these class-leading facilities that will benefit staff, pupils and communities for many years to come.”

Miller Construction is currently delivering a number of high profile construction projects across the North East region, including: 924 new-build and refurbished units as part of Quality Homes for Older People in North Tyneside; Phase 1 of the Stephenson Quarter in the Newcastle upon Tyne city centre; the new Emergency Care Centre and Pathology laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead and the transformation of Newcastle Central Station.