Skanska has started work on its first new build project under a three-year framework agreement worth £30 million that it secured with CLASP earlier this year.
The agreement, which includes an option for a further two years, involves Skanska carrying out construction projects for the public sector in conjunction with CLASP using a designated supply chain.
The company is building a new school to replace Westmorland Primary School in Brinnington, Stockport. It will incorporate new environmental innovations such as recycled rubber floors, natural lighting, ventilation and heating recovery systems and is also a M4I demonstration project.
The school is being built for Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council under a partnering arrangement and was designed by the council's Property Services Department as the project manager.
Under the agreement, Skanska has already completed two primary school extensions in County Durham and another in Rotherham while it is about to start building a second new school in Kettering. More projects are in the pipeline.
CLASP, a consortium of local Government authorities, is behind one of the longest-running building systems and has been used for over 40 years. It provides a rapid-build method of construction for schools, universities, and other public buildings in the UK.
Features of the CLASP partnering agreement include shortened pre-contract timescales as well as common design details, components and supply chain to reduce time and duplication.