Sustainable construction to the fore in Highland early years projects

MORGAN Sindall Construction has announced it has now handed over 12 of 13 early years centres worth a combined £13 million from the Highland Council, with the final due to be handed over shortly.

The new early years centres – which the contractor said were all built using sustainable materials and methods – include Ardersier, Bridgend, Obsdale, Auldearn, Avoch, Lochcarron, Duncan Forbes, Muirtown, Croy, Kirkhill, Coulhill, Glenurquhart and Stratherrick Primary Schools. The scheme now takes the total number of early years places for children which Morgan Sindall Construction’s Inverness office has delivered to 770.

Following the ‘De-carbonising Communities’ Strategy, part of Morgan Sindall’s Responsible Business Plan, the firm added that it worked with customers and supply chain partners to deliver sustainable projects that support Highland Council’s net zero carbon target.

The works included off-site modern methods of construction utilising refurbished modular units and insulated panel timber system.

All projects were procured through Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA).

Ian MacDonald, special works manager at Morgan Sindall Construction’s Inverness office, said, “We have a brilliant collaborative relationship with the Highland Council and together we’re delivering vital early years teaching capacity across the region, while minimising our environmental impact.  On this particular development, we received positive comments and feedback from head teachers.

“This praise is evidenced in our delivery of the facilities, which were completed on schedule and to a high-standard. We look forward to working with the council to deliver future schemes.”