A family-owned construction company has made a strong start to its golden jubilee year with a £2.5m contract to build an extension at a Cheshire school, taking its order book to over £13m.
MC Construction, which is based in Salford, has begun work on the scheme at Park Lane Special School in Macclesfield.
The contract has been awarded by Cheshire East Council, procured through the North West Construction Hub framework.
It follows a project completed at the school which saw MC Construction build an emergency temporary mobile classroom block for the new pupil intake last September.
The latest Park Lane project means the company has secured more than £5.5m of education schemes for Cheshire East Council in the past couple of years.
These include one at Elworth Church of England Primary School in Sandbach, where MC Construction is building an extension to house four classrooms, offices, toilets and other facilities in a £1.5m scheme. The project also includes the creation of sports pitches and courts and a forest school area with trail paths.
Founded in 1971 by Charles Lowe and John Purcell, MC Construction has entered its milestone year with a strong order book, having secured contracts totalling more than £13m across the education, public sector, healthcare, leisure, heritage and industrial sectors.
The company is extending and refurbishing a two-storey building at Park Lane School alongside associated external works to form a new teaching block.
Park Lane School provides education for children with severe learning difficulties, complex needs and autism. The development will enable the school to increase pupil numbers from 82 to 122, in line with the council’s strategy of increasing specialist provision in the Macclesfield area.
David Lowe, managing director of MC Construction and the son of co-founder Charles Lowe, said: “We are delighted to be working with Cheshire East Council once again and are immensely proud to be involved in this and other vital education projects in the area.
“The works will significantly boost educational provision in the borough. Improving the facilities and teaching environment at Park Lane School will enhance the outstanding resources that it already provides for its pupils.
“The school remains fully operational during the project, which has been carefully planned to minimise disruption, with an emphasis on ensuring the children feel safe and enjoy the construction works.
“Park Lane School and Elworth have welcomed us with open arms as we work together to ensure the construction works are delivered safely.
“With a strong pipeline of contracts across a number of sectors, we have begun our 50th year in business in great shape and look forward to the future with optimism.”