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19 August 2009

Mott MacDonald celebrates key milestone on Belfast schools PPP initiative

Mott MacDonald has celebrated a key milestone on Northern Ireland’s largest PPP scheme as the first school being delivered under the initiative opened its doors to students.

Mott MacDonald provided civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering design services for Orangefield Primary & Nursery School, the first of seven schools currently under construction as part of Phase 1 of the Belfast Education and Library Board’s (BELB) Strategic Partnership Project. A further three schools will be delivered this summer and the remaining are scheduled for late 2009 and early 2010.

The aim of the project is to modernise the controlled schools estate in Belfast including, youth clubs and libraries over the next seven to ten years. BELB have entered into the strategic partnership with Amey FMP, a consortium led by Amey, the leading Public Services company, together 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.

Orangefield Primary School is a 14 classroom unit with a full range of support facilities and a two-classroom nursery. The distinctive design includes octagonal classrooms with projecting roofs, synthetic play surfaces, themed areas, a pond, pathways and extensive landscaping.

Mott MacDonald’s project manager Bill Dowey commented, “We’re thrilled that the first school to be completed under the scheme is welcoming students. It ushers in a new generation of leading-edge schools and community facilities for the children and young people of Belfast to enjoy. Through the CJV we look forward to working with BELB to help deliver more schools in the future.”

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