Morgan Sindall Construction has successfully completed and handed over 12 of Highland Council’s 13 early years centers worth a combined £13 million.
The company said the final project is expected to be delivered in mid-April.
New early years centers – all of which have been built using sustainable materials and construction methods – include Ardersier, Bridgend, Obsdale, Auldearn, Avoch, Lochcarron, Duncan Forbes, Muirtown, Croy, Kirkhill Primary Schools , Coulhill, Glenurquhart and Stratherrick.
The scheme now brings the total number of early years places that Morgan Sindall Construction’s Inverness office has delivered to 770.
In line with the “De-carbonising Communities” strategy, which is part of Morgan Sindall’s “responsible business plan”, the company has worked with customers and supply chain partners to develop and implement projects that support the Highland Council’s net zero carbon goal.
All of the work included modern off-site construction methods using refurbished modular units and an insulated panel timber system.
The company said modular buildings are one of the most environmentally friendly construction methods and a highly sustainable alternative to new construction and insulated wood kits can perform up to 80% better than regulatory requirements in materials, reducing energy consumption and operating costs through waste diversion. from landfills was 99% in the 13 projects.
Throughout construction, the company said it was committed to local schools and community groups, including donating reading couches and building outdoor benches, helping with general maintenance and by providing a school garden to boost the council’s food culture strategy.
All projects were purchased through the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA); an umbrella supplier supporting the efficient construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing and public buildings across Scotland which have been delivered on time.
Ian MacDonald, Special Works Manager at Morgan Sindall Construction’s Inverness office, said: “We have a great working relationship with Highland Council and together we provide vital teaching capacity for young children across the region, while minimizing our environmental impact.
“On this particular development, we have received positive feedback and feedback from school leaders. This praise is evident in our delivery of the facilities, which were completed on time and to a high standard. We look forward to working with the council to implement future programs.