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BSF review calls for £250m savings

Up to £250 million could be saved if the recommendations of a review of the £45 billion Building Schools for the Future programme are delivered.

BSF delivery body Partnerships for Schools today published a report from accountant PricewaterhouseCoopers into procurement of plans to replace or rebuild every secondary school in England.

It concludes that in order to streamline delivery and save costs, the number of sample scheme designs should be reduced to increase the quality of those that are produced.

Other recommendations include:

  • a reduction in the overall procurement time down to 75 weeks from the current 82 week model

  • more comprehensive pre-qualification of bidding consortia

  • selection of lead bidders at 29 weeks rather than 44

  • an increased focus on effective partnering issues throughout the procurement process.

The recommendations follow a four-month consultation with BSF stakeholders – including local authorities, contractors, industry groups and the design community – to explore ways to improve the timeliness, efficiency, flexibility and delivery of the BSF programme.

The proposals are expected to be considered by ministers later this month.