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Wates wins latest London PSBP batch worth £78m

The Education Funding Agency has appointed Wates preferred bidder to deliver the latest batch of Priority School Building Programme schools worth £78m in London.

The £78m contract is to design and build three new schools in Barking, Dagenham and Newham.

Wates will work up design and build proposals before being formally awarded the contract for all three schools.

If its proposals meet the EFA’s criteria, it will deliver new schools for Little Ilford School in Newham and Eastbrook School in Dagenham, with capacities for 1,525 and 2,900 students respectively.

Wates will also expand Eastbury School in Barking to accommodate 1,800 students, including a two form-entry primary school.

The contractor is currently delivering PSBP batches in Coventry, the North-west and East of England. It delivered the first priority school to be completed, Whitmore Park in Coventry (pictured).

Wates group strategy director and managing director for government affairs Stephen Beechey said: “Wates’ role in the delivery of the EFA’s Priority School Building Programme has had some exceptional results to date, most significantly of which is the praise the completed projects have received from teachers and students alike.

“The ultimate objective of the programme is to address the significant needs at those schools buildings in the worst condition across the country within tight funding limits but without compromising on quality.”

Building work at Little Ilford School is expected to begin in spring this year.

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