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Duncan Rarity, Shepherd’s head of frameworks

Shepherd Group joins £5bn framework

Shepherd Group consortium appointed across four regional lots in the Education Funding Agency (EFA) £5bn Regional Framework

Posted by Dave Higgitt | August 22, 2014 | People, policy, politics, money

The consortium, led by Shepherd Construction, will deliver free schools, university technical colleges and other school buildings. 

National contractor, Shepherd, has been named as one of only five contractors to be appointed across four or more regions after being successfully shortlisted for the North East, North West, London and South East and East of England regions. 

The EFA’s framework announcement supports the Government’s commitment to nationwide investment in new education infrastructure, including its decision to establish more than 300 free schools.

When full, the existing and planned free schools will provide around 175,000 extra school places across England. 

Shepherd’s appointment to the framework recognises the company’s significant investment into standardised process and design over the last four years. This includes the use of BIM to reduce waste and increase better value for money in designing and delivering practical tailored learning environments across the UK. 

This announcement for Shepherd’s specialist design and construction teams follows the completion of a string of recent high-profile education projects. These have included the £58m Holland Park School construction scheme in London and the £90m plus batched Telford and Wrekin scheme, the first of the EFA multi-batched projects to be fully delivered under the previous framework. 

Duncan Rarity, Shepherd’s head of frameworks, commented: “Being appointed to all four of the lots we applied for is a reflection of the effort, learning and improvements we have made over the last four years. The success of the frameworks delivery will build on this and, whilst reliant on well considered budgets set by the EFA and their teams, we are confident that this framework provides and shows a maturing procurement approach to design construction and a soft landings aftercare service in this sector. 

“The EFA Framework paints a clear picture of the Government’s commitment to future economic growth through the provision of world-leading educational facilities. We look forward to working alongside the country’s local authorities, academies and university technical colleges to create and engineer a shared vision of outstanding education facilities.” 

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