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Department for Education (DfE)

Key facts

  • 5 years on framework
  • 80% of projects on time
  • 100% projects on budget
  • 9/10 client satisfaction
  • 60% Local spend
  • 40% SME spend
  • 95% Waste diverted from landfill

Our work with the Department for Education (DfE) Framework

The DfE Construction Framework is the main delivery vehicle for the School Rebuilding and Free Schools programmes, amongst others and Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed to the Medium value band covering projects worth between £6 million and £12 million across England.

Our appointment to the framework in December 2021 reinforces our businesses long-standing relationship with the DfE, having been a construction partner on the previous iteration of the framework for the past four years. During this time we deployed our innovative MySchool design platform to support the design and delivery of over £240 million of school projects.

The Framework is central to the governments ambitious 10-year school rebuilding plan with governing projects worth around £7 billion. It will play a pivotal role in not only in creating better schools, but in providing a social and economic legacy to communities across the country.

Project highlight

How MySchool, our platform-based design tool was used to deliver much needed school places

Due to a high demand for student places in the Small Heath area, Birmingham City Council commissioned us to design and build the new Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, which has now created 600 additional places for Muslim-faith female students. The flexibility of MySchool allowed the design team to respond to the Academies educational objectives including a learning resources centre and a reflection hall for prayer.

Our MySchool system has been the result of years of development, investment and expertise in delivering automated design and repeatable standardised solutions. It is a design solution which offers the speed and cost-effectiveness of a pre-designed model, but with scope to add bespoke, flexible elements.

Project highlight

Giving a new lease of life to a locally-listed disused building

Our team refurbished the existing derelict Austen Building, as part of Harrow Weald College Campus to create Harrow’s first new Muslim faith free school for children aged 4-11 - Hujjat Primary School. The locally listed, 1930’s building is sited on the curtilage of the Harrow Weald Conservation Area.

The Islamic philosophy of education emphasises education must be for the holistic development of the individual and of society. This refurbishment encompasses this perfectly by reviving a historic building and providing a much-needed faith school - symbolising unity of both past and present, and integration and cohesion within the Harrow community.

Project highlight

Team gets the show on the road at CAPA performing arts college

Our team completed the flagship new home of Wakefield’s CAPA College, which is already one of the leading arts institutions in the North East. A school delivers a specialist provision for students aged 16-19 from across the North of England, CAPA College provides full-time training and education in all aspects of creative and performing arts from dance and drama to musical theatre, production arts, film and media.

The building includes a 150-seat theatre, 10 recording studios, dance studios, drama workshops, a multimedia tech suite and an outdoor amphitheatre. The facility will also incorporate a public café with outdoor terrace, along with social learning and break out areas, lecture theatres and classrooms.


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Dave Wood

Framework Director - DFE, MOJ

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