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BSF Academies framework to be revamped for 2008

The £2 billion National Academies framework for the Building Schools for the Future programme is expected to be retendered or extended next year because the scheme is running ahead of targets.

The framework is likely to be re-procured, which could include extending membership of the existing framework or creating a second framework.

The National Academies programme was set up last year to deliver Academies and smaller BSF schemes.

The four-year framework currently includes six contractors: Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Skanska and Willmott Dixon.

The re-procurement could present an opportunity to invite smaller contractors into the framework, as some councils have had difficulties in attracting framework bidders for smaller schemes.

Partnerships for Schools will produce a final report on BSF in spring 2008. The PfS review will also look at cutting procurement costs and speeding up delivery.

Source: Infrastructure Journal