Construction of £18m secondary school completes

Morgan Sindall Construction has completed an £18m secondary school in Small Heath, Birmingham, five weeks ahead of schedule for Birmingham City Council.

Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy in Birmingham was procured through Constructing West Midlands, managed by multi-disciplinary construction consultancy, Acivico.

Morgan Sindall Construction has been an approved contractor partner for Constructing West Midlands for the last eight years during which time it has delivered 32 education schemes for the framework worth a combined total of £173m.

Small Heath is one of Birmingham’s inner-city wards and the council commissioned the scheme due to the high demand for student places in the past two years.

The new build has delivered 600 additional school places for the region.

Located on Hob Moor Road, the school’s 48,000 sq ft campus includes a three-storey main building which houses five specialist laboratories, three IT classrooms as well as 15 general teaching rooms.

External features include a sports hall as well as a sports and grass pitch, and a Learning Resource Centre which will provide library space.

Dave Kelly, framework manager at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We are really pleased to have handed over the new Eden Girls Leadership Academy for Birmingham City Council.  The project is an excellent example of the type of work we have undertaken with Constructing West Midlands during the last eight years and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them over the next four years following our re-appointment as CWM contractor partner.

“The new-build has delivered 600 additional school-places to the region in time for the re-opening of schools post-lockdown. We worked with a skilled local supply chain and ensured safe delivery through COVID-19 to handover of the project five-weeks early. Speed and efficiency is crucial when delivering much-needed community assets such as this and we’d like to thank all our project partners for their hard work in reaching this achievement.”