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26 June 2008

Mott MacDonald helps deliver new schools for Belfast as part of landmark Strategic Partnership project

Mott MacDonald is helping to change the face of education in Northern Ireland as work gets under way on a significant Strategic Partnership project that will see up to £400 million invested in the modernisation of Belfast’s schools and community facilities.

The scheme involves the refurbishment and rebuild of schools, libraries and youth clubs in the capital as part of a landmark Strategic Partnership agreement between Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB) and Amey with their Construction Joint Venture (CJV) partners Farrans, H&J Martin and David Patton & Sons (FMP). Mott MacDonald is providing engineering design support to the CJV.

The contract represents the largest and most extensive Strategic Partnership project in Northern Ireland’s history and is an integral part of the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland, which sets out a long-term view of planned investment of up to £20 billion in public and private infrastructure over the next decade.

Following the financial close of the project in March, Mott MacDonald has begun structural, civil and building services work on four secondary schools and one primary school in the city. Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast Model School for Boys, Belfast Model Schools for Girls, Ashfield Girls School and Orangefield Primary School constitute the first phase of the project that will be completed between April 2009 and April 2010.

Mott MacDonald’s project manager, Bill Dowey commented, “The Strategic Partnership agreement marks a turning point for education in Belfast. After two years’ planning, we are now in the process of delivering leading-edge schools and community facilities that will transform the educational experience for children and young people in Belfast. Mott MacDonald is thrilled to be a part of such a significant and exciting initiative.”

He added: “As part of the consortium, Mott MacDonald’s objective for the project is to create environments in which the teaching and learning experience is progressive and make a major contribution to the promotion of community access and the delivery of life-long learning in Belfast. The Strategic Partnership’s aim is for every child and young person in the city has access to a first-rate learning facility.”

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