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Kier beats Wates to win PSBP contract for Nottinghamshire priority schools

Exclusive: The Education Funding Agency has selected Kier for the Nottinghamshire batch of priority schools, Construction News understands.

The contractor has beaten Wates to the £44m batch of six schools in Nottinghamshire, which is the 16th batch of capitally funded schools under the Priority School Building Programme.

It is the fourth capital batch of PSBP schools Kier has won, making it the most successful contractor on the PSBP to date.

The schools included in this batch are:

  • Newark Academy, Newark – secondary academy
  • Serlby Academy, Serlby – all through primary and secondary academy
  • Annie Holgate primary, Hucknall
  • Abbey primary, Mansfield
  • Flying high Academy at Ladybrook, Mansfield – primary academy
  • Wainwright primary academy, Mansfield

The contractor also won the £60m East of England 2, £63m North East 2 and £30m South of England batches of schools.

Capital batches of priority schools are procured through the EFA’s £4bn main Contractors’ Framework.

The PSBP is the government’s flagship programme to rebuild the 261 schools in most urgent need of repair in England by 2016.

Earlier this month, schools minister David Laws announced a £2bn capital extension of the programme, which will run from 2015 to 2021.

Kier has been invited to tender for all six lots of the EFA’s new £5bn Regional Framework, which EFA director of capital Mike Green told Construction News could have a role to play in PSBP2.

The EFA announced yesterday that Bam, a Carillion/Equitix joint venture and an Interserve/Kajima joint venture will go head to head for the fifth and final privately financed batch of schools under the PSBP, worth £122m in the Midlands.

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