£400m Welsh schools winners unveiled

Aaron Morby 11 years ago
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Sixteen contractors and a consortium of small local builders have won a place on the prized south east Wales schools and public building works framework.

Carillion, Leadbitter, Laing O’Rourke and Morgan Sindall are among the main winners on the major project packages.

But several local Welsh firms will also get a chance to secure smaller work packages after fierce criticism that the North Wales regional schools framework was a carve up between big name English contractors.

The huge school building plan gives contractors some hope of filling work shortfalls created by savage cuts to the BSF programme in England.

A dozen local authorities in the densely populated south east plan to put £400m worth of building and refurbishment work through the Sewscap framework over four years.

The first big school projects in the pipeline include a £26m new Gateway to the Valleys school in Bridgend, a £27m new St Telios school in Cardiff, the £15m redevelopment of Swansea’s Morriston Comprehensive and the Vale of Glamorgan’s plan for a £57m community complex in Penarth.

Wales’ 21st century schools programe came under fire earlier this year when six major contractors picked up the £250m first regional deal in North Wales.

Local builders complained bitterly to ministers in Whitehall about being shut-out of the programme, arguing the move threatened the existence of the Welsh contracting industry.

In the South East region councils have divided the framework into five lots, allowing local firms to edge in on £1.5-£3m projects.

    Sewcap winners

    Lot 5 (£25m-£100m)

    Carillion

    Interserve

    Laing O’Rourke

    Leadbitter

    Morgan Sindall

    Lot 4 (£10-£25m)

    Carillion

    Laing O’Rourke

    Leadbitter

    Morgan Sindall

    Willmott Dixon

    Lot 3 (£5m-£10m)

    Carillion

    Cowlin

    Leadbitter

    Laing O’Rourke

    Willmott Dixon

    Lot 2 (£3m-£5m)

    Carillion

    Kier Western

    Interserve

    Leadbitter

    Morgan Sindall

    Willmott Dixon

    Lot 1 (£1.5-£3m)

    Britannia Construction

    Dawnus Construction

    Encon Construction

    Kier Western

    Knox & Wells

    Interserve

    ISG Pearce

    O’Hare & McGovern

    WRW Construction

    Welsh local consortium

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