Newcastle University contract is latest big win for building contractor Surgo

Tyneside-based Surgo building contractor has won £8.5m of work this quarter, the latest for Newcastle University

How the new Catherine Cookson extension and social hub will look
How the new Catherine Cookson extension and social hub will look

Regional building contractor Surgo has been appointed by Newcastle University as principal contractor on a scheme to build and refurbish its Catherine Cookson extension.

The year-long contract, valued at almost £4.4m, takes the value of new work won by Surgo this quarter to £8.5m.

Surgo was appointed to the Catherine Cookson social hub, a design-and-build project, from an initial shortlist of six contractors and will be managing two firms of architects throughout – the Durham-based practice Howarth Litchfield Partnership (HLP), working on the laboratory refurbishment works, and FaulknerBrowns, responsible for the courtyard extension.

Jeff Alexander, director of Surgo, said: “We are pleased to be working with Newcastle University again and having the opportunity to utilise our experience of working in tight, fully-operational locations.

“This appointment demonstrates that there is still work to be won in the higher education sector, in spite of the challenges that regional contractors like Surgo have faced recently with competition from national frameworks. It also marks a return to Newcastle University campus for us.

“There is a definite uplift in activity within the regional construction market which is pleasing to see.”

Other education wins include a return to the Christopherson Building at Durham University to undertake phase four of its phased development. Surgo has already worked on the enabling package as well as phase three.

This latest project, worth £1.6m. involves internal refurbishment within the engineering building in conjunction with architect GSS and engineering consultancy Desco. Surgo has also returned to undertake further construction work at the Trinity Academy in Doncaster originally built by the team and opened in 2005. The £900k project will provide a link corridor from the existing building to a new teaching block.

A GP’s surgery in Wheatley Hill, County Durham, completes the line up, enabling Surgo to maintain its reputation in the healthcare sector. Worth £1.4m the contract is due to start on site on 19 June and will last 49 weeks.

A surgery and clinic is planned with six consulting rooms, meeting and minor surgery rooms and a pharmacy. The existing facility, which will be demolished and car parking built in its place.

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