Firm’s delight at schools contract

Paul Milburn, (left) project manager at Galliford Try, with Steve Vaulks, installation manager of Godfrey Syrett, at Longbenton Community College. Picture by Jimmy Clark.
Paul Milburn, (left) project manager at Galliford Try, with Steve Vaulks, installation manager of Godfrey Syrett, at Longbenton Community College. Picture by Jimmy Clark.

A manufacturer is celebrating a contract to fit out three schools undergoing refurbishment.

Killingworth-based Godfrey Syrett secured the £400,000 contract to supply furniture to Longbenton Community College plus Bedlingtonshire Community High School and The Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick.

The trio are being rebuilt under the Government’s Priority School Building Programme.

Building contractors Galliford Try awarded the contract following a competitive tender process.

Derek Mitchell, divisional director at Godfrey Syrett, said: “We are delighted that the contractor chose to work with us as we are very passionate about working on projects within our region.

“A number of our staff have children who attend Longbenton Community College so this is a great opportunity for our team to work with schools in our community.”

Godfrey Syrett recently announced the launch of a new fitted furniture division, which has been set up to specifically serve the construction sector.

The new division will deliver bespoke furniture solutions for new build projects within the education, defence, hospitality, commercial and healthcare sectors.

Steve Vaulks, installation manager at Godfrey Syrett, added: “We were awarded this contract in December and with a short lead time we started manufacturing the furniture within three weeks of our appointment.

“We are now on site with the first installation and are confident we will have all three projects complete by May 2016.

“Delivering within these very tight timescales requires a tremendous team effort and demonstrates our agility and flexibility to respond to a demanding programme.”