Newport Norse was proud to be recognised at the UK National GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2020, featuring as a finalist in the category for Project of the Year (above-£20m value).

The £27m multi-phased project by Newport Norse for Newport City Council which was shortlisted for the award, achieved high praise from the judging panel, with the scheme seeing the reconfiguration of The John Frost School and delivery of Newport’s first Welsh speaking secondary school.

The John Frost School and Ysgol Gyfun Gwent Is Coed sit adjacent to each other, and the works were delivered over 30 phases with the project opening in early 2018.

Newport Norse procured and project managed the scheme, developing a strategic brief and delivering the project on time, under budget and to an exceptional standard.

The GO Awards focus on recognising innovative procurement practices across the UK, showcasing the ingenuity that ensures projects create lasting social and economic benefits.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the award ceremony went virtual this year, taking place in a new online format.

Grahame Steed, Lead Judge for the GO Awards Programme, said: “Right now, procurement is front-page news with public service delivery at the forefront of economic recovery.

“That is why this year, it was more important than ever for our GO Awards to take place, and once again recognise the people and organisations making great procurement happen.

“Congratulations to all our finalists, including Newport Norse, for collectively showcasing the best in UK procurement.”