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Galliford Try acquisition Miller Construction wins £51m Scottish Schools Work

Inverness Royal Academy artist's impression

Miller Construction, recently acquired by Galliford Try, has reached financial close on a £35.4m project to construct the new Inverness Royal Academy and a £15.4m project to construct Noss Primary School in Wick. 

Miller Construction will complete both projects for Hub North Scotland Limited, the public/private development company working in partnership with The Highland Council.

The Inverness Royal Academy work, due for completion by summer 2016, involves the construction of a new four-storey replacement school, sports pitches, an outdoor terraced teaching area, gardens, landscaping and a car park and bus drop-off area. The new Academy campus will cater for around 1,500 pupils ranging from age 11 to 18.

The Noss Primary School project involves construction of a combined replacement primary school for both the North and Hillhead existing primary schools, a new nursery and enhanced facilities to support education for pupils with additional needs. The new school will accommodate close to 400 pupils over 14 classrooms. The project will be delivered in two phases with final completion due in spring 2016.

Galliford Try Chief Executive Greg Fitzgerald said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement with Hub North Scotland Limited and The Highland Council on these significant education contracts and are now able to get the projects underway. The Miller Construction business is an important addition to the Group and these awards reflect its reputation and strong market presence in the education sector in Scotland.

“We look forward to successfully delivering both projects for our client and wider stakeholders, and in turn providing pupils, teachers and the communities in Inverness and Wick with an enhanced built environment and improved facilities.”

Earlier this month, Galliford Try acquired Miller construction for £16.57m after the latter reported £4m losses.

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