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EN:Procure announces those successful on over-subscribed Consultancy Framework
MAC Construction Consultants has been announced as one of just 70 firms to be successfully appointed to EN:Procure’s new Consultancy Framework.
The specialist procurement arm of social hosing consortium Efficiency North Holdings Limited, En:Procure’s new framework will provide their public sector and social housing members and clients, easily accessible and cost-effective consultancy services from leading organisations.
The four year framework will focus its support on social housing schemes, as well as wider public buildings, which are managed by public sector organisations, such as schools, universities, infrastructure sites and offices across the East Midlands, North West and Yorkshire and Humber.
MAC Construction Consultants, which was one of 600 companies from across the North and East Midlands to submit tenders, only 70 of which were successful, has been appointed to provide Building Surveying and Clerk of Works services.
EN:Procure Director of Operations Emma Mottram commented, ““Following a detailed and challenging test of so many tenderers’ capacity, competency and efficiency we are delighted to have achieved such a diverse offer in the Framework, with a mix of larger national practices as well as smaller local businesses.
“We are very much looking forward to working with them to find solutions that meet the needs of our members and their communities in the current challenging economic climate.”
Yusoff Ghaznavi, Managing Director of MAC Construction Consultants commented: “The team at MAC have a proven track record of delivering a number of projects within the public sector realm on time, to budget and to excellent standards which go above and beyond.
“I am truly delighted that our team have been recognised for our previous credentials and we are now looking forward to working with EN:Procure and their client base to support the delivery of much needed projects in the North and East Midlands.”
For more detailed information about framework lots and appointed contractors please visit https://www.efficiencynorth.org/procure/frameworks/consultancy
Funding grants awarded for 45 projects at education academies across the UK
MAC Construction Consultant’s specialist education arm has successfully secured Condition Improvement Funding (CIF) for 45 projects nationally, totalling more than £30m for roofing, window, heating, block refurbishment and extension projects in a record-breaking year for the company.
Eleven of MAC’s client schools were awarded funding for two projects which is a huge achievement given the highly competitive nature of the CIF programme.
The funding is available to academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan VA schools looking to improve the condition of their facilities by making sure their buildings are safe and in good working order, the CIF is made available from the Government on an annual basis.
The DfE received requests for more than £1.45 billion for over 4,350 projects in this round.
Funding allocated totalled £434m for 1,476 projects at 1,243 academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools has been provided.
Primarily used to address any compliance, or safety health and environment issues, the funds can also be utilised to support expansion projects at schools which are rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and which can demonstrate need to accommodate more pupils.
MAC Construction Consultants are now working with clients to help them deliver these projects on time and on budget following the delays to this year’s funding announcement due to Coronavirus.
The firm have previously secured over £50m of capital funding for academies through this process. In addition to working to deliver these projects successfully, the team are also preparing to produce bid submissions for the next funding round which is anticipated in the Autumn and look forward to the wider announcements regarding additional capital funding for schools.
Jonathan Jones, Associate Director at MAC Construction Consultants commented: “Now more than ever, school facilities need to be able to offer an environment that is safe for children and it’s truly a fantastic achievement for us as a team so have once again such a high success rate.
“These coming months will be some of our busiest and we will be working harder than ever to make sure we can put together appropriate schedules to make sure schools can benefit as early as possible.”
Calderdale’s state-of-the art education facility ready for September 2020
Calderdale Council has confirmed that construction on its new sixth form centre in Halifax town centre has completed ahead of the upcoming academic year.
A major milestone in the town centre’s wider regeneration plan, the project has seen the transformation of the unused central library building which has been turned into the home of the new, modern Trinity Sixth Form Academy, with capacity to accommodate 600 students.
This success of the build is thanks to the council’s partnership with several organisations including Trinity Multi-Academy Trust, Rastrick High School, LDN Architects, blacc and MAC Construction Consultants.
The Sixth Form Centre will deliver an improved education and skills offering, helping retain talent locally.
This, alongside the Council’s wider ‘Next Chapter’ regeneration programme and Vision2024 – which will see the delivery of 12,000 sq ft. retail and 40,000 sq ft office space at Northgate House – will help increase footfall and will provide economic growth and employment opportunities in Halifax.
Take a first glimpse of the transformed building in this short film.
The Council will hand over the completed sixth form centre to Trinity Multi-Academy Trust in summer 2020 and work on Northgate House is expected to complete in Summer 2021.
Commenting on the build Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, said the completed sixth form centre is an ‘extraordinary example of regeneration’ and that it had given the former library building an ‘exciting new lease of life’.
She went on to say that it was thanks to the ‘phenomenal amount of partnership work’ that the project had been able to reach completion in just 18 months – ‘especially with the added challenges of an exceptionally wet winter and the COVID-19 pandemic’.
Cllr Adam Wilkinson, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, added that they were proud that Calderdale now has its very own sixth form centre, and that they ‘couldn’t be more impressed with the top-quality design and construction work’.
Michael Gosling, CEO of Trinity Multi-Academy Trust, said: “We are extremely proud to be part of this significant and game-changing development. Seeing the Trinity Sixth Form Academy come to completion is a testament to our commitment in ensuring our students fulfil their potential and this new state-of-the-art building creates an impressive foundation to make that happen.”
Richard Crosby, Director at blacc, said: “As a Halifax based Construction Management business, we are incredibly proud to have delivered this project as principal contractor with Calderdale Council. There is something special about handing the keys over to a happy customer in our hometown of Halifax.
“The project shows what can be achieved when the customer, professional team and trades all work together. The sixth form centre is a truly amazing facility and will be a great asset to the pupils and the borough as a whole.”
Yusoff Ghaznavi, Managing Director at MAC Construction Consultants, who provided Quantity Surveying and Construction Design Management services on the project said: “Calderdale have been innovative and brave in their Construction Management procurement route.
“It has been a delight to work with them and the broader team in achieving a major project milestone on an important piece of regeneration for the town centre and wider region.”
For more information about the Trinity Sixth Form Academy project visit http://calderdalenextchapter.co.uk/projects/halifax-northgate-house
The Northgate transformation is part of the Next Chapter to enable economic growth, reduce inequalities and build a sustainable future. For more information about this and other exciting developments in Calderdale, visit www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk.
MAC Construction Consultants oversee exciting leisure development
Phase Two Improvement work set to improve the visitor experience at Milton Keynes’ 6,000-acre parkland and green space site, Willen Lake, are now back underway as construction contractor Ashe Construction returns to site.
The project will deliver an impressive new building that will house a purpose-built water sports centre where visitors will be able to enjoy wakeboarding activities, an inflatable watercourse – Aqua Parks – and a new café and restaurant.
Designed by Q2 Architects the building will have state-of-the-art facilities for customers including modern changing rooms, showers and additional toilets, whilst also being fully accessible with level access lifts.
Phase two of the improvement work is due to be completed in time for the 2021 summer season.
MAC Construction Consultants are overseeing the project management of the development and are providing Quantity Surveying and Safety, Health and Environment services.
Andrew Morris, Director of Ashe Construction said: “We are delighted to be re-mobilising the construction works on this exciting project. The recent events have served as a timely reminder of how important our green open spaces and recreational facilities are for our wellbeing.
“We look forward to the completion of the project because we are confident, we will then be in a place where the facilities can be utilised to their full potential, where friends and families can meet up and enjoy being together in the beautiful setting that Willen Lake affords.”
Dan Campbell, Senior Cost Manager at MAC added: “This is a truly impressive project being brought forward by The Parks Trust and will set the level of what all communities should strive for in terms of community space.
“It’s been fantastic to be able to get the project back on site safely, and we will be working closely with the team to ensure this project is delivered on time and on budget.”
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