ISG boosts position on new Department for Education framework

ISG has secured a place across eight regional lots on the new Department for Education (DfE) framework iteration, set to deliver up to £7bn of public sector construction work across England over its four-year term.

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The DfE schools construction framework launched on 30 November and we have secured a highly-prized place on eight of the medium value lots, for projects valued between £6m -£12m. We retained our position in the East Midlands, East of England, London, Southeast and Southwest while adding the Northeast & Yorkshire, West Midlands and Northwest lots.

Paul Watkins, ISG’s Account Director said: “We’re delighted to not only retain our status on existing lots, but also to increase our coverage following earlier successes in these regional areas. It is an important next step for ISG, which the entire team has worked tirelessly to achieve. 

“The DfE’s pioneering framework is designed around the principles of strong contractor collaboration and supporting innovation that delivers outstanding education spaces. It’s a really successful model, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the DfE and project partners to deliver these important schemes for our communities.” 

Paul Watkins, Account Director, ISG

This latest public sector framework win reflects the strength and depth of ISG’s supply chain partnerships and its collaboration with the DfE to develop a consistent approach to building school facilities. The approach uses standardised components, whilst still encouraging the individual creativity of school teams, and is an intelligent response to the one-size-fits all argument.

We have won 22 projects on the current framework which launched in 2017, with a total value of c£200m. Earlier this year, we announced a further group of wins which included the Two Bridges School in Bristol, to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). It’s also a pioneering Net Zero Carbon (NZC) pathfinder scheme, supporting the government’s climate agenda.

We have also worked on various iterations of the DfE framework since 2014, and our team recently revisited Temple Learning Academy in Leeds, four years after completion. The school was thriving, having reached capacity – a landmark moment for all involved – and we are continuing to feed in the successes and also the lessons learnt from across our projects to inform future design work. 

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