Case Study


St. Hilda’s High School


Liverpool City Council
Morgan Sindall
February 2014
June 2016
Form of Contract
NEC Option C
Delivery Type
Design & Build

St. Hilda’s formed part of the Liverpool Schools Investment Programme (LSIP). It involved the design and construction of a new three storey school accommodating 930 pupils.


  • The new school accommodates 930 pupils at 11-18 age, replacing the existing school on the same site. The development has allowed the all-girls school to transition into co-education.
  • The design utilises an innovative and efficient secondary school model. The steel frame solution can be adapted to accommodate between 900 – 1300 pupils over 2 to 4 storeys.
  • The project has been delivered at £1,633 sqm in line with the Council’s target to deliver high quality school buildings but at much lower costs than previous school investment programmes.

Social Value

  • The project team have enhanced educational opportunities wherever possible through site visits and careers talks, including a ‘Women in Construction’ event to inspire female pupils.
  • 28 apprentices / trainees have worked on the project with six work placement positions created through ‘Liverpool in Work’.
  • The project utilised 58% labour from Liverpool and Merseyside with 95% overall from the North West region.

Award Winning

  • Three of the project team were short listed in the 2015 Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards, with project manager Karen Fairhurst taking home the prize for ‘Best Project Manager.’


“This exemplar project demonstrates best practice in many areas including design, delivery, cost, collaborative working, supporting the school and adding value to the local community. The school has been delivered on time and budget and has exceeded our expectations from start to finish.”
Simon McEneny, Assistant Director, LCC