Building firm wins construction contract to extend school

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A BUILDING firm has proved a real class act with council bosses.

Northern Construction Solutions (NCS), in Chester-le-Street, has won a £500,000 contract with Newcastle City Council to extend the Hotspur Primary School in Heaton.

The contract came after the firm secured a place as an approved contractor on the council’s new general maintenance framework.

Director Sean Anderson said he was delighted to have secured the company’s first work under the new framework, having successfully completed several previous contracts for the Tyneside authority.

“We invest a great deal of time in both our clients and the construction process to ensure everyone is happy and it’s great we’ve been recognised for these qualities. It is testament to our growing reputation with the education field.”

The firm, which employs 50 staff, has completed a number of projects in Newcastle, including new Sure Start Centres at Grange First School in Gosforth and West Denton Primary School.

It had to undergo a rigorous tender process to win the project. The new maintenance framework will run for three years and see work on other schools, and public buildings refurbished and improved.

While the construction industry has been hit hard by the recession, NCS has continued to thrive, with an annual growth rate of almost 20 per cent.

Other clients include Sport England, Kingston upon Hull City Council, Northumberland County Council, Newcastle International Airport and Sunderland University. The Newcastle contracts will be overseen by long-serving contacts manager Dave Lennon, who has worked with the council on previous projects.

Malcolm Aitchison is principal technical project manager at Newcastle City Council. He said winning the contract was tribute to the quality of NCS’ work.

“NCS has consistently delivered am high quality service on a range of projects and worked in a collaborative way with other delivery partners to ensure the challenging targets are met,” he said.

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