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Godfrey Syrett wins string of Scottish school projects amounting to £1m

ByCharley Williams

Jan 23, 2017

Godfrey Syrett has won a string of new contracts to make and deliver specialist educational furniture to four schools in Scotland.

The furniture manufacturer, which has sites in Durham and Killingworth, has a dedicated education division which has been supplying furniture to schools in the North East for almost 25 years.  

The new contract wins will see the firm working with Morrison Construction and Graham Construction to deliver furniture solutions to four new build schools; Tarbolton Primary School and Dailly Primary School in South Ayrshire and Duns Primary School and Kelso High School in the Scottish Borders. 

All four schools are being re-built through a central government scheme, the Scottish Futures Trust.

The contracts, which amount to £1m, were awarded to Godfrey Syrett following a competitive tender process and represent the company’s first projects with schools in Scotland.

Vince Penrose, Business Development Manager at Godfrey Syrett said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to deliver these contracts after pitching against a number of competitors.  We have a wealth of experience in this sector, this year alone we have delivered furniture installations to over 40 schools across the UK, and we are looking forward to working on our first projects with Scottish schools.”

Godfrey Syrett’s education division accounts for almost 30% of its turnover and has a dedicated team of staff in addition to supporting a substantial number of subcontractors. The team delivers contracts working directly with schools as well as with main contractors.

The company makes the vast majority of its furniture at its two sites in the North East where it employs 230 staff.  Its education portfolio includes fitted furniture such as science labs, food tech labs and teaching walls, along with a full range of loose furniture for classrooms, refractories and administration areas.

Earlier this year Godfrey Syrett completed a hat-trick of furniture contracts with Galliford Try to make and deliver furniture to three North East schools – Longbenton Community College, Bedlingtonshire Community High School and The Duchess Community High School in Alnwick.  The firm also recently completed installations at St Michaels Academy in Billingham and Manor Community Academy in Hartlepool.