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Morgan Sindall wins exclusive place on £21 million University of Sunderland framework

Morgan Sindall has been awarded an exclusive place on a £21 million Major Works framework from the University of Sunderland.

As part of the framework, Morgan Sindall’s team in Durham will undertake a range of design, construction and refurbishment projects for the university. The programme of improvements will include a £3.5 million redevelopment of the university’s historic Priestman building to accommodate the Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Culture and Social Sciences disciplines.

The works will incorporate a new entrance, art gallery, teaching and learning spaces, arts studios and workshops. There will be significant improvements to the building infrastructure including energy efficient lighting, heating and data connections as well as a new roof and windows, continuing the university’s push to achieve its carbon reduction targets supporting sustainability both at the university and within the city.

The framework will also see the delivery of the second phase of the campus’ £6 million new science complex.

Morgan Sindall was awarded a place on the previous framework at the university which saw it deliver various projects including the design and build of CitySpace, the university’s £12 million flagship sport and social facility.

The company, which has a proven track record in the higher education sector, has also recently been appointed to deliver a £1.2 million library refurbishment scheme at Teesside University. The project is the third scheme that Morgan Sindall has undertaken for the university, following the £11 million Centuria South Building at the university’s Middlesbrough campus and a £13 million new building at its Darlington campus.

Gordon Ray, managing director for Morgan Sindall in the North East, says: “The higher education sector is under considerable pressure to maintain world class facilities and attract students in a financially squeezed market. We’re therefore delighted that in this challenging climate, our track record has seen us appointed to this framework for the second time.

“Morgan Sindall has developed extensive experience in the education sector and we’re looking forward to delivering more high quality facilities which will attract the best students to embark on their studies in the region.”

Iain Garfield, Head of Estates Services at the University of Sunderland, says: “We are delighted to be able to re-establish our partnership with Morgan Sindall. Together we have undertaken significant developments on both the City and Sir Tom Cowie campuses throughout the previous framework and will soon be embarking on the next phase of these developments. The success of these projects relies on a strong partnership with the framework contractor and in their tender presentation Morgan Sindall clearly showed a willingness to develop that partnership to a new level.”


Images: Artist’s impression of the completed Priestman Building at the University of Sunderland.

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