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News - March/April 2018
Gleeds appointed to head technical advisory team on new MIM Schools Programme in Wales
International property and construction consultancy, Gleeds, is to lead a team comprising specialist engineers Cundall, and design practice Scott Brownrigg, as technical advisors for MIM projects in the second wave of investment in the 21stCentury Schools build initiative. Gleeds was appointed by the Welsh Government following an open and competitive procurement process.
Known as ‘Band B’, the programme covers all state schools and colleges across Wales and will see the provision of new buildings and institutions in need of refurbishment modernised from April 2019. The works will be funded by capital and a new form of Public Private Partnership called the Mutual Investment Model (MIM), designed to finance major educational projects in Wales.
The consortium is to provide technical advisory services in two phases for MIM projects, with phase one predominantly focused on supporting the Government as it defines and develops the programme’s remit. Phase two will then comprise the roll-out and delivery of schemes across the country, including the production of standard documentation such as specifications, bid documents, and business case support materials for tranches of projects.
Simon Price, Director at Gleeds heading up the project, said of the appointment: “The 21st Century Schools and Education plan is part of a long-term, strategic objective to create better learning environments for students, as well as generating more local apprenticeships countrywide. Essentially it seeks to provide a more skilled workforce that will in turn support regional economies and I am delighted to be leading this talented team as we get the second wave of projects underway”.