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EFA picks Laing O'Rourke for Yorkshire PSBP schools

The Education Funding Agency has appointed Laing O’Rourke to deliver the Yorkshire batch of privately financed schools under the Priority School Building Programme.

Laing O’Rourke beat Bam Construction and Morgan Sindall, which were also shortlisted for the batch in April.

The Yorkshire batch of seven secondary schools across Bradford, Kirklees and North Yorkshire is worth between £100m and £150m.

Laing O’Rourke will fund, design, build and maintain the schools for the EFA under the government’s private finance 2 model.

The group’s Explore Investments arm will raise the finance for the schools, and Laing O’Rourke will self-deliver the construction and provide maintenance over a 25-year period.

Laing O’Rourke said it would use its digital engineering capability and offsite construction to deliver the schools quickly and with minimal disruption to the locality, while also guaranteeing high standards of energy efficiency.

Laing O’Rourke’s new Europe Hub managing director Paul Sheffield said: “The Laing O’Rourke group has extensive experience in designing and delivering innovative, high-quality solutions to create future-proofed education environments.

“We look forward to bringing this expertise to bear through this important investment for the region.”

Financial close is expected in summer 2015 with construction due to start soon after, with three planned completions due in August 2016 and four in August 2017.

The secondary schools are:

  • The Samuel Lister Academy, Bradford
  • Oakbank, Bradford
  • Carlton Bolling, Bradford
  • Belle Vue Boys School, Bradford
  • Whitcliffe Mount, Kirklees
  • All Saints Catholic College, Kirklees
  • Harrogate High School, North Yorkshire

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