Surgo Construction (Surgo), one of the region’s longest established building contractors, has been kept busy of late responding to a steady increase in tender opportunities, which has led to a number of new contract wins valued at approximately £22 million.

Surgo has continued to forge ahead on the work-winning front, announcing it has recently been appointed to five new schemes in the care sector, education, healthcare, a project on the River Tyne at HMS Calliope and a major renewable energy project.

Working for care home operator Eothen Homes under a design and build contract Surgo will construct a highly innovative care facility for people with dementia in Wallsend. The 52 bedroom facility will provide a model of care within a ‘family home’ environment, providing safety and security with dementia specific design features.

Surgo previously worked for Eothen Homes in 1988 constructing their home in Gosforth.

Speaking about Surgo’s appointment to the scheme, Eothen Homes’ chief executive Jenny Hearl said:

“We are delighted to be working with Surgo again to construct our newest facility. Surgo understand our specialist concept and I am confident they will deliver a high standard of workmanship and service.”

Appointed by Inspiredspaces Durham Ltd, the educational project win requires Surgo to carry out alterations to the Meadows School, Spennymoor, with a further role to create a new two-court sports hall with associated changing facilities, gym, music room and an art and ITC teaching area.

In healthcare, Surgo will apply its extensive experience of the sector working on behalf of Ferryhill and Chilton Medical Practice to construct a new health centre. The new centre, which will replace an existing GP surgery, is being constructed on a brownfield site.   It will feature a GP branch practice, dental practice, NHS facilities and a medical retail unit. Start on site is anticipated later this month.

Finally, later this month, Surgo will commence a further anaerobic digestion project, valued at approximately £12million, for client JFS and Associates in North Yorkshire.

According to Surgo’s director Jeff Alexander, there is a more sustained level of confidence in the regional construction market. He said:

“In the last twelve months we have seen a gradual increase in both the quality and quantity of tender opportunities on schemes throughout the region and I am delighted to announce this latest raft of project wins, which maintains our increasing workload and reflects the diversity of the core work we undertake on a regular basis. We can approach the next two or three years with increasing confidence following what has been a challenging period for our industry.”

Further to these latest project wins, the contractor currently has teams on site at, among many other sites, both Newcastle and Durham Universities and is making great progress with the construction of a new swimming pool and sports facility at Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School.