Balfour Beatty awarded £25 million London primary schools contract

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £25 million contract to extend and upgrade six primary schools for the London Borough of Merton as part of the £1 billion, four year iESE (Improvement and Efficiency South East) framework.

The contract includes a £5.1 million three-storey extension to Pelham Primary School; a £4.4 million new school hall, main entrance and teaching block at Hillcross primary school; a £4 million extension, including a new hall and teaching block, at Poplar Primary School; a £2.7 million teaching block, library extension and link at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School; a £3.9 million new teaching block at Singlegate Primary School and a new £1.6 million two-storey teaching block at Merton Abbey School.

The six school contract is the latest to result from Balfour Beatty’s appointment to the iESE framework in 2011, through which the company has been awarded in excess of £100 million
worth of work, including two recently completed primary schools in Winchester in Hampshire.

Much of the work is on school buildings dating back to the 1930s and will incorporate updates to the latest energy efficiency standards, including innovations such as photovoltaic panels and low energy lighting.

Nick Kent, Balfour Beatty iESE Senior Contract Manager, said: “These six school projects for Merton Council further strengthen our position as a leading construction partner in the education sector and build on our good working relationship with the London Borough of Merton.”

The schools projects are scheduled for completion in September 2015.

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Balfour Beatty’s framework portfolio currently includes the £4 billion Education Funding Agency Framework, the £400 million National Capital Works Framework and the £250 million Regional Defence Framework for Capital Works
Projects for East Midlands and Eastern England for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). Balfour Beatty is the only national construction company on all three UK health frameworks (P21+, Designed for Life Wales 3 and NHS
Frameworks Scotland 2), delivering £2 billion worth of work over the past 10 years. We are also on several regional frameworks including Constructing West Midlands, Construction Framework South West and the four year £1 billion 2011 iESE Framework in the South East, under which £100 million work has been achieved to date, which all aim to provide and promote more efficient construction of public buildings.

Balfour Beatty’s UK and Ireland construction business ( is a leading integrator of complex, sophisticated and innovative projects that improve the UK’s and Ireland’s national infrastructure and an experienced provider of local and regional projects that help build lasting communities.
We offer a broad range of capabilities in construction, civil engineering and mechanical & electrical engineering services.
With offices throughout the UK and Ireland, we deliver a locally-focused service with the support of our national network of expertise and resources.
Balfour Beatty’s UK and Ireland construction business employs over 9,000 people.

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