Morgan Sindall poaches regen chief to head schools push

Aaron Morby 10 years ago
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Morgan Sindall has head hunted a former chief of regeneration at Liverpool City Council to chase and develop education project across the country.

Jayne Hettle takes on the new director post for education and will support Morgan Sindall’s amibition to provide strategic advice to the local authorities, trusts, and dioceses responsible for education facilities in the UK.

Part of the role involves helping Morgan Sindall bring the resources of its wider parent group to education projects.

These include Morgan Sindall Investments, which provides project funding; Overbury, which specialises in refurbishment; Lovell, the affordable housing specialist; and urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments.

She joins Sindall from Liverpool City Council where she was assistant director for regeneration for more than three years.

Major regeneration projects, asset management, BSF and capital development and strategic investments all fell under her area of responsibility.

A native of the West Midlands, Hettle was previously head of regeneration at Wolverhampton City Council.

She said: “As a group, Morgan Sindall has the strategic resources, insights and contacts to get projects off the ground that might otherwise lack a way forward.

“There are 27,000 schools in the UK. The Government’s Priority Schools Programme is likely to provide funding for the top 300 or so cases which require urgent investment.

“For everything else, there is a need for innovative thinking about getting projects moving, which could well include the intelligent use of the land assets schools already have.”

    Morgan Sindall’s education projects in 2011

  • Delivering Carnegie Primary School in Fife, Scotland – which is in contention for the accolade of being the UK’s first BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ primary school
  • Three new-build contracts in Hull, including Kingswood College of Arts, Oakfield Special Needs School and Andrew Marvell Business and Enterprise College – projects which included support from Morgan Sindall Investments.
  • Completion of Forest Hill School in Totton, Hampshire, an exemplar project which has since been visited by local authorities from elsewhere in the UK.
  • Handover of Bideford College, North Devon – a brand new facility for 1800 students on one campus.
  • University of the Arts London – Overbury recently completed the refurbishment of the 40,000 square metre building, transforming the Granary Complex. The relocated university facilities include a theatre, education studios, teaching spaces, performance studios, a library, production workshops as well as a refectory, café and administration office.

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