Record year for McAvoy Group with £75m of projects in pipeline for 2015

Permanent modular construction specialists, The McAvoy Group are poised for a record-breaking year with around £75m worth of projects in the pipeline for 2015.

McAvoy which uses offsite methods of construction to deliver fast track, eco-friendly projects, confirmed today it had been awarded preferred bidder status on 12 new contracts in the education sector in Britain and Ireland.

The off-site build specialists rounded off 2014 with a turnover of £34m and, as a result of the new business pipeline, this figure is anticipated to ‘increase substantially’ in 2015. McAvoy, which directly employs 150 people throughout GB and Ireland including Dungannon, Lisburn, Oxford and Dublin was named as a principal contractor earlier this year under the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework and funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to build nine new schools.

These new permanent school buildings, due for completion from the second half of 2015 through to the first half of 2016, are located across Greater London and the South of England.

The contracts envisage a range of Primary and Post Primary facilities with individual project values ranging from £2m to £17m. Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy in Slough, is to get a new 9,000m2 school enabling it to expand its current education provision into Key Stage 3 and 4.

Goresbrook School is an all through school for pupils aged 3-18 in Dagenham, London to be developed on the site of an existing leisure centre. The scheme comprises the design and build of both a new primary and a new secondary school, the retention and refurbishment of the existing sports hall along with demolition of the remainder of the existing leisure facility structure.

Other school projects include Meridian Angel Primary School in Edmonton, London a purpose-built educational facility which will have Primary, Secondary and Special Education provision and, Salisbury Sixth Form College, responding to growing pupil demand that has fuelled the immediate need for a bigger, modern facility.

Another contract awarded as part of the EFA bundle is a project at The Rise School which is co-located with Feltham Community College in Hounslow, London. This new co-educational special school, which will have 96 pupils aged four to 19, caters for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder run by the Autism Schools’ Trust.

EFA is also funding Walthamstow Academy, London, which is to be a new two-form entry co-educational post primary school.

A number of the contracts planned for delivery in 2015 are the result of successes under other Frameworks including:
The Crypt School project, awarded through Gloucester County Council’s select list, is a selective school for boys aged 11-18, requires the design and build of a two-storey classroom block at its existing site.

The construction of two permanent modular buildings at the current site of The Greville Primary School, was awarded through the Hampshire and Surrey framework.

Kildare Educate Together National School opened in 2012 in temporary accommodation and has since been approved for funding for a new 16 classroom school building. The contract was awarded to a subsidiary company by the Department for Education and Skills through the Rapid Build Framework, and is due for completion in summer 2015.

Eugene Lynch, Managing Director of The McAvoy Group, said:

“To secure preferred bidder status on so many EFA schools’ contracts as principal contractors is great news for the McAvoy Group. In 2014 we recorded turnover of £34m and to be entering 2015 with a projected pipeline, subject to planning, of £75m of new orders is a reflection of the focus and effort by the whole McAvoy team including our design and supply base partners. It is very pleasing to see that our offsite methods of construction and smart build techniques are being embraced by education authorities throughout GB and Ireland. We are proud of our progress to date and will continue to develop our skills set and approach to ensure our specialist provision in the education sector is one of the best in the GB and Ireland.”