Morgan Sindall lands major school job

Morgan Sindall has been picked to deliver a new 1,900-place school in Wales, Construction News can reveal.


It will redevelop the existing King Henry VIII Secondary School site for Monmouthshire County Council, which it described as having been “in a poor state for some time and is not fit for purpose”. Deri View Primary School will also be combined with King Henry VIII School.


The new ‘Abergavenny 3-19 School’ will cater for 1,900 children from nursery through to sixth form. It will comprise of two three-storey buildings, connected by a common entrance area.


The existing school will stay open while construction is under way and then be demolished once it is completed. New sports facilities will be built in its place.


The new school has been designed to be net-zero carbon in operation with a ‘fabric first’ approach, meaning materials will be picked for their energy conserving properties.


Monmouthshire County Council has described the scheme as “one of the most significant capital projects” it has ever been involved in, valuing it at £50.2m. Around two thirds of the funding will come from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and College Programme, while the remainder will come from the council.


A planning application has been submitted, and the new school is due to be ready by September 2024.


In November last year, Morgan Sindall won a contract to build an engineering building for Hertfordshire University.


Last week, Kier was appointed to a school expansion job in Somerset worth £31m.