Building firm celebrates double win

A CONSTRUCTION firm which has delivered makeovers to more than 50 schools, community and children’s centres in the North East has won its first contract under a local authority’s new building framework.

Chester-le-Street-based Northern Construction Solutions (NCS) has secured a place on Newcastle City Council’s new General Building Maintenance Framework after working on a previous framework for the authority for the last four years.

Now the firm has won the first contract under the new framework – a £500,000, 16 week scheme to alter and extend Hotspur Primary School, in Heaton, Newcastle.

Sean Anderson, a director at NCS, said he was delighted to be selected as one of the local authority’s framework contractors, and particularly to win the first contract.

“We invest a great deal of time in both our clients and the construction process to ensure everyone is happy and it’s great that we’ve been recognised for those qualities. It’s testament to our growing reputation within the education field,” he said.

“This is also a real boost for our workforce in these trying economic times and we look forward to continuing our working relationship with Newcastle City Council.”

Malcolm Aitchison, principal technical project manager for Newcastle City Council, said: “NCS has consistently delivered a high quality service on a range of projects and worked in a collaborative way with other delivery partners to ensure that challenging targets were met.”

The new framework is expected to run for another three years and will entail more schools and public buildings being made watertight and fit for use under the Schools Planned Works Programme and Good Stewardships and Access Public Buildings Programme.

NCS, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, was selected following a detailed pre qualification and a rigorous tender process. Previous NCS projects for the local authority include:

  • A new Sure Start children’s centre at Grange First School, Gosforth
  • The construction of The Brunswick Park (community) Centre with outdoor play facilities and landscaping
  • A new Sure Start children’s centre at West Denton Primary School with a playgroup and crèche facilities and a new playground
  • Adaptations and alterations to Regents Farm School in Gosforth


While the construction industry has been hit hard by the recession, NCS has gone from strength-to-strength with a growth rate of more than 20 per cent, year-on-year.

The firm prides itself on its commitment to collaborative working, the quality of its workmanship and attention to detail from the beginning of the construction experience to the build aftercare.

The new framework projects will be managed by NCS’s contracts manager, Dave Lennon, a long serving member of staff who is looking to build on the successful relationship he has with Newcastle City Council, having worked with the authority under the previous framework.

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