Integrated property services and project delivery specialist Styles&Wood was named as one of 10 contractors to have secured a place on an £800m national schools building framework.

The firm’s Projects division will now compete for work within public sector procurement consortium LHC’s Schools and Community Buildings (SCB1) framework across the UK.

Schools, local authorities and other public sector bodies will be able to use the framework to source contractors to carry out new build extensions to educational facilities in addition to general refurbishment and external works.

The agreement is the latest contract to be secured by Styles&Wood in the education sector after it announced earlier this year that it had won a major contract with special educational needs provider the Witherslack Group, for the refurbishment of its Paddox School.

Tony Lenehan, CEO at Styles&Wood, said: “The education sector is a key strategic market for us, and this win confirms our position as one of the UK’s leading property services providers.”
“Our specialist teams are well placed to deliver refurbishment projects across the country by drawing on their significant experience of carrying out major works on a broad range of educational facilities.”

John Skivington, director of LHC, said: “We are pleased to have launched this new framework resulting from customer demand for a contractor based framework which encompasses community buildings, as well as schools and other educational establishments.”

“Our previous educational buildings framework, EF1, was restricted to schools. We are confident that the new SCB1 framework will build upon the successes of this framework and allow customers to easily access contractors for works on community buildings, too.”

“Users of the SCB1 framework can also benefit from technical advice and ongoing project support offered by LHC.”

“The interest from contractors across the UK was excellent. All bidders went through a robust evaluation process in line with EU regulations to identify those companies which were most suitable in each of the five regions.”

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