UK-based Morgan Sindall Construction has concluded four National Highway roadside depot redevelopment projects throughout the Midlands, England.
The newly rebuilt facilities will house National Highways’ workers, as well as traffic police, contractors, and partners, including Colas and the Central Motorway Police Group, in a more sustainable workplace.
The project is estimated to be worth £20.7m ($25.35m).
The scope of the work included the development of a two-storey office complex at Bescot in Walsall and at Doxey in Stafford.
The project also included the renovation of depots in Warndon and Strensham in Worcestershire. Following the dismantling of an existing salt barn at the site, Strensham received an updated garage and salt barn in its place.
Morgan procured this project through procurement specialists SCAPE.
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An aggregate of 96.7% of the project’s total expenditure was spent on small and medium-sized enterprises, and 72% of these funds were spent locally.
The development also delivered a 39% social value return, with more than £8.1m provided for the local community.
Morgan included a range of carbon-reducing technology in its buildings such as air-source heat pumps, photovoltaic (PV) panels, and LED lighting, all contributing to a reduced carbon footprint.
National Highways CEO Nick Harris said: “The work we do at National Highways – operating, maintaining, and improving our roads – is carried out at our depots, control rooms and outstations, not in city centre offices.
“These new depots, which are making the best use of modern techniques and technology to support our staff and the environment, are bringing together people who used to work in different places so they can work as one team.
“We are also very considerate of our neighbours and the communities around our offices and our roads, so we tried hard to source as many contractors and suppliers that built the depots from the local area. Three out of every four pounds spent on a depot went to businesses within a 30-mile radius.”