Recently acquired business grabs Galliford Try a better foothold in the Scottish education market

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Miller Construction has reached financial close on £51m of Scottish education projects.

The projects are the first jobs to reach financial close since the firm was sold to Galliford Try earlier this month for £16.6m

In a statement to the City, Galliford Try reported that Miller Construction had reached financial close on a £35.4m project to construct the new Inverness Royal Academy and a £15.4m project to construct Noss Primary School in Wick.

The firm was appointed by client Hub North Scotland Limited, a public/private development company working in partnership with the Highland Council.

The Inverness Royal Academy includes a four-storey school, sports pitches, an outdoor terraced teaching area and gardens and landscaping and isdue to complete in the summer of 2016.

The Noss primary school includes a school building and a nursery for nearly 400 pupils and is due to complete in the spring of 2016.

Greg Fitzgerald, chief executive of Galliford Try, said the award of the contracts showed why the addition of Miller Construction’s “reputation and strong market presence in the education sector” was “an important addition to the group”.

He added: “We look forward to successfully delivering both projects for our client and wider stakeholders, and in turn providing pupils, teachers and the communities in Inverness and Wick with an enhanced built environment and improved facilities.”