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News archive - September/October 2017
Sunesis targets ambitious growth with new appointment
Sunesis, the joint venture between Willmott Dixon and Scape Group, is targeting a £100 million pipeline of orders within three years for its pre-designed educational solutions following the appointment of Bedford Borough Council’s head of school infrastructure and partnerships, Fran Cox, as its new operations director.
Fran Cox joins Sunesis in the newly created senior-level role to oversee ambitious growth plans, as increasing numbers of local authorities and private developers use the solution as a fast, efficient and cost effective way to meet their urgent need to provide extra school places.
With an estimated 750,000 extra school places needed in England by 2025 to keep up with the population increase, Sunesis aims to deliver over 7,500 school places by 2020. with Fran’s experience in the procurement and funding of new schools key to driving this growth.
Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, comments, “Fran’s experience in commissioning new schools provides a real depth of insight into the needs of local authorities and the issues they face. The country has a very significant school building challenge ahead, with over 2,000 new schools needed in the next few years, and Fran will help Sunesis to play a vital role in filling the gap in school places nationally.”
Future innovation underway at the group includes a new Keynes model that is fully EFA Output Specification compliant, a new Connect range of standardised components to provide fully flexible standalone or classroom extension options and a new secondary school offer.