School expansion win for Morgan Sindall Construction

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Morgan Sindall Construction project at East Point Academy
Morgan Sindall Construction project at East Point Academy

Morgan Sindall Construction has started work on a project to expand and refurbish East Point Academy in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

East Point Academy is part of the Inspiration Trust family of schools in East Anglia, and the scheme will be delivered for the Department for Education (DfE) via the DfE framework.

The project includes the development of a brand new 2,000 square metre teaching block, designed specifically for a coastal environment, as well as the extensive refurbishment of existing classrooms.

Classes are continuing in the current school building while work on the new teaching block progresses. The Morgan Sindall Construction team is working with the school and project partners to ensure processes are in place to minimise disruption to school users and neighbours.

Peter Whitmore, managing director for Morgan Sindall Construction in the East, said: “We are very pleased to have been appointed to this important development, which will enhance the facilities on offer to students at East Point Academy.

“We are committed to developing deep links with local communities across all our projects. Our strong regional supply chain is very important to our business, and where possible, we will be sourcing labour and materials from the Lowestoft and Suffolk area – helping to ensure the social, economic and environmental benefits of this project are felt across the community.”

Richard Dolding, Principal at East Point Academy, added: “This is an exciting time for our school – we’re building new maths classrooms, top-quality science labs and additional areas for our SEND students. The improvements don’t stop there – we are also upgrading our indoor sports facilities, dining area and library.

“Our students already have some of the best Progress 8 scores in Suffolk – I look forward to seeing what they achieve in their new space.”

The project is due to complete in summer 2021.

Morgan Sindall Construction has a strong track record delivering high-quality education schemes across East Anglia. The company is currently on site delivering a £6.8 million expansion and refurbishment of the Inspiration Trust’s Great Yarmouth Charter Academy. The scheme, which is also being delivered via the DfE framework, will increase the academy’s capacity from 750 to 1,350, and create an additional 150 places for a new cohort of sixth form students.