The school relocated in 2022. Credit: Connell Bros

Start for Sunningdale demolition

Connell Brothers has begun bringing down former school buildings in Sunderland, the first demolition project procured through the new four-year £800m NEPO framework.

NEPO is a central purchasing body that procures services to local authorities and 800 associate members across the public sector including government departments, emergency services, education institutions, charities and registered social housing companies.

The framework was originally set up in 1976, with the latest cycle being opened to tender in autumn 2022, coming into force in April this year.

Sunderland City Council recently procured the asbestos removal and demolition of the former Sunningdale School through the framework.

The Connell Brothers team was successful in securing the project and already has works well under way. Also in the education sector, it undertook the MECD project for the University of Manchester in 2015.

The Sunderland project is expected to take 12 weeks.

Mark Riley, Connell Brothers’ commercial manager, said: “We are very happy to have secured the first demolition contract on the new NEPO Framework and we hope it is the start of many more to come in the North East.”

Sunningdale School is a specialist provider of education for primary and nursery-age children with profound, multiple and severe learning needs.

The school relocated in 2022, with staff and pupils moving to a £13m new-build school at Doxford Park Way, delivered by Kier.

Connells is now on site. Credit: Connell Bros

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