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Council retenders schools framework worth £80m

Telford and Wrekin Council has confirmed it will retender up to £80 million in schools work as it gets set to award the final £18.5m contract under the current framework to Kier.

The council has confirmed it will retender the last phase of its £200m BSF programme as its initial framework, on which Kier Moss was a preferred contractor, expires on 31 December.

It stated in September that it would award Kier Moss three remaining contracts before the end of the year, however it then unveiled changes to its £200m programme the following month.

The council confirmed Kier will be invited to tender for the new work in 2012 alongside the remaining contractors on the PFS north contractors framework.

The remaining bidders will be: Balfour Beatty; Bam Construction; Carillion; Clugston; Interserve; Lend Lease; Shepherd; Sir Robert McAlpine; Vinci; Wates and Willmott Dixon.

Kier is now expected to be named as winner of an £18.5m package to build a new 900-place sports and learning community building, the Co-operative Learning Community, which will replace the Phoenix School in Dawley.

In August, five people were injured after a large scaffold canopy collapsed on a Kier construction site at Abraham Darby Academy in Telford and Mott McDonald was commissioned to investigate the incident.

However the council said that changes to the construction programme after a new council was elected in May and the expiration of the original framework are the sole reasons behind retendering the work.

Kier is currently working on the Abraham Darby Co-operative Learning Community incorporating the Abraham Darby Academy, Woodlands Primary School and community leisure facilities.

It has completed the new sixth form at the Madeley Academy. They have also signed contracts to refurbish the Mount Gilbert School and Newport Girls High.

A spokesman for the council said: “We are re-tendering for the last phase of our BSF programme because the initial framework expires on December 31 and we have to re-tender under the rules of the programme as set by Partnerships for Schools.

“The last phase includes 10 projects and the proposals, which are still being consulted on, include five rebuilds. Kier has been invited to tender for the new framework along with 11 other contractors who are on the PFS framework panel.”

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