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A leading construction company has been selected as a preferred contractor to help deliver the Western Way Hub in Bury St Edmunds.

Morgan Sindall Construction has been selected to lead the work at the Olding Road site, which will bring together key organisations such as West Suffolk Council and NHS services.

The project, which is due to go before full council in June, is being led by West Suffolk Council on behalf of local public sector partners.

CGI image of the internal street for the Western Way hub in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: West Suffolk Council
CGI image of the internal street for the Western Way hub in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: West Suffolk Council

Morgan Sindall was chosen as the preferred contractor following a selection process conducted under the Pagabo Framework.

The Western Way Development is part of a wider project of community hubs in the region. Hub sites opened in both Mildenhall and Brandon last year, with a further project planned for Haverhill as part of its town centre masterplan.

The plans, which will be delivered in a phased way, include modern facilities for leisure and health services as well as for the private and public sector.

Artist impression images of what the new Western Way public services hub in Bury St Edmunds could look like. Picture: West Suffolk Council
Artist impression images of what the new Western Way public services hub in Bury St Edmunds could look like. Picture: West Suffolk Council

Public services based at West Suffolk College and West Suffolk House will also be integrated into the development, while the existing skatepark and athletics track will be upgraded.

Morgan Sindall Construction will now work with the partners during a second stage of tendering for the scheme.

During this stage, engagement will also be sought with key stakeholders to finalise designs and costs.

A contract will not be awarded until the second stage of tendering is complete in 2023.

CGI image of the main entrance and skatepark for the Western Way hub plans in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: West Suffolk Council
CGI image of the main entrance and skatepark for the Western Way hub plans in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: West Suffolk Council

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “The Western Way Development will benefit residents across West Suffolk and is part of wider work to improve the prosperity, health and wellbeing of our communities. It is a multi-million investment in all our futures and a nationally ground-breaking initiative which will transform the way public services work together.

"This is an exemplar of the One Public Estate ethos while at the same time creating new and better jobs.

"As such the competition for this contract attracted nationally recognised and well-respected companies, for which we are very grateful. Well done to Morgan Sindall Construction on making it through the first stage of the process and we look forward to working with this highly respected company.”

Cllr Jo Rayner, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and community hubs at West Suffolk Council, added: “From the beginning we have designed this scheme to be cost neutral and flexible to meet future needs.

"To that end we have carried out a rigorous and nationally recognised tendering process to ensure we have a highly professional contractor with an excellent track record who will meet the needs of this vital project.

"We were pleased to receive a number of high-quality tenders and congratulations to Morgan Sindall Construction who we will now be working with to complete the second stage of the process and ensure it remains viable for taxpayers. Western Way will bring a range of public and private services together into one place to deliver benefits greater than the sum of their parts.”