Miller wins £30 million Holywell Learning Campus contract

Miller Construction has been selected to deliver a new £30 million ‘learning campus’ in Holywell, North Wales. The project – to build a new primary and secondary school on the land adjacent to an existing High School – is the first to be announced as part of a four-year £270 million North Wales Schools and Public Buildings Contractor Framework to which Miller was appointed earlier this year.

The Framework covers approximately 15 projects which are to be delivered by a combination of Denbighshire County Council, Conwy County Borough Council, Gwynedd County Council, Wrexham County Borough Council, the Isle of Anglesey County Council and Flintshire County Council which owns the Holywell scheme.

The two new schools will be constructed on land at the top of the existing school playing field to prevent the current High School being disrupted. The single storey primary school will offer 315 pupil places and replace current local infants and junior schools. The three story secondary school will offer 600 places and replace the existing High School on this site.

Both are due to open from September 2016, offering the most up-to-date educational and IT facilities in modern, efficiently designed buildings which will also be available for wider community use. The campus will be delivered as part of the 21st Century School building programme.

Councillor Chris Bithell, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education said:

“This is another milestone in the provision of this exciting new learning campus in Holywell. It will be a wonderful modern new facility for children, young people and the wider community. The contract is also the first to be let under the new North Wales Schools and Public Buildings Contractor Framework.”

Ian Jubb, Managing Director, Miller Construction, said:

“We are delighted to have been selected to deliver the new learning campus. Miller has a long track record of delivering high quality and best value schools with lasting community benefits. We now look forward to working with all the participating stakeholders on the project and to building lasting relationships with these schools and the communities they will serve.”

Miller was appointed to each of the Framework lots including: projects from £4.35 – £7.5 million, £7.5 – £15 million and is one of only three contractors appointed to deliver high value projects exceeding £15 million.

The Framework provides councils with a pre-qualified group of contractors which streamlines the tendering processes and makes the process of selection more efficient. Miller has also committed to help deliver a core set of community benefit in partnership with the councils involved.