January 16, 2019

ISG secures five contracts on DfE construction framework

Churchward School, Swindon (Credit: Scott Brownrigg)

Construction services provider, ISG, has secured the first school building projects it is to deliver as part of the Department for Education (DfE) construction framework.

The main contractor has been selected as preferred bidder on five, medium value contracts in London and the South West.

The largest of the contracts will see a new, 630-pupil primary school built in Midsomer Norton in Somerset. Designed by Hatcher Prichard Architects, the school site will cover an area of 6.5 hectares, and the scheme includes improvements to the local highways and the construction of new footpaths and a cycleway.

ISG will also deliver medium-scale schemes designed by Scott Brownrigg and Rock Townsend including a tech-led digital primary academy in Monkerton, Devon and three special education needs (SEN) facilities in Swindon, Ealing and Redbridge.

These latest public sector framework wins reflect the strength and depth of ISG’s supply chain partnerships and its collaboration with the DfE to develop a consistent approach to building school facilities; using standardised and inter-operable components. This follows a recent call from the Infrastructure and Projects Authority for guidance on a new approach to publicly-procured buildings using an increasingly standardised approach to generate programme efficiencies and drive value.

Zoe Price, group director, public sector frameworks at ISG, said: “We have been working in partnership with experts from a range of disciplines for over 18-months to develop a standardised component approach to the delivery of classrooms. The recent government announcement of an industry consultation on standardisation clearly points to the efficacy of our decision to drive this approach forward in 2019.

“The relationships we hold with architects, M&E contractors and our wider supply chain partners have enabled us to design a pioneering pre-construction process, which ensures high-quality components are standardised across all DfE projects. When we combine this with measurable social value impact initiatives and collaborative planning, we can demonstrate a new way of delivering the vital infrastructure we need to support the aspirations of our local communities.”

ISG will start on site from February 2019 with all projects due for completion by August 2020.