MORGAN Sindall Construction has completed and handed over 13 early years centres worth a combined £13 million for the Highland Council.
The new centres – which the contractor revealed were all built using sustainable materials and methods – include Ardersier, Bridgend, Obsdale, Auldearn, Avoch, Lochcarron, Duncan Forbes, Muirtown, Croy, Kirkhill, Coulhill, Glenurquhart and Stratherrick.
In total, Morgan Sindall Construction’s Inverness office has delivered 770 early years spaces for children.
This follows the launch of the company’s Intelligent Solutions, a system which brings together digital and platform design capabilities with modern construction methods and carbon reduction tools, to create ‘unique, sustainable and inspiring’ places for customers.
Following the ‘De-carbonising Communities’ strategy – part of Morgan Sindall Construction’s Responsible Business Plan – the contractor explained that it worked collaboratively with customers and supply chain partners, to develop and deliver projects that support Highland Council’s ambitious net zero carbon target.
The bundle of works included off-site modern methods of construction utilising refurbished modular units and insulated panel timber system. The modular buildings are said to be a ‘highly sustainable’ alternative to new build, and insulated timber kits can perform up to 80% better than building regulation requirements, reducing energy consumption and running costs with waste diversion from landfill sat at 99% across the 13 projects.
In line with the tier one contractor’s 2030 net zero goals, Morgan Sindall Construction said it showed commitment to minimising the impact of its activities on climate change and the communities it worked in by implementing its ISO 14001 environmental management system. The system ensures it protects the environment; reduces waste and energy consumption; sources construction materials responsibly; and minimises disturbance. It also trains employees and subcontractors on environmental issues and design solutions.
To enhance communities, the contractor added that it places high value in the social value and community benefits of its schemes. Throughout construction, it engaged with schools and local community groups, including the donation of reading couches and building outdoor benches, assisting with general maintenance, and delivering a school garden to boost the council’s food growing strategy.
All projects have been 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’ve delivered vital early years teaching capacity across the region, while minimising our environmental impact.
“Intelligent Solutions enables us to create value through consistent results which we have achieved through these 13 early years schemes and our philosophy of perfect delivery creates exceptional experiences for our customers.”