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Eight bid for Lancs education

SPECIALIST - NORTH -W EST

LANCASHIRE County Council has lined up eight firms to fight for its £185 million Building Schools for the Future contract.

The teams on the longlist are Catalyst Education (Bovis Lend Lease), Education 21 (Mowlem), First Class Consortium (Hochtief ), Inspiredspaces (Carillion), Paradigm (Taylor Woodrow), Spirel (Amec) and Transform Schools (Balfour Beatty).The eighth bidder is community investment firm Accent Group, which has no contractor on board yet.

The first phase comprises seven new secondary schools, one sixth form, four special schools, one primary school, a children's centre, public library and a multi-faith worship centre.

The winning consortium will also be given an exclusive chance to bid for future phases of the programme in Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale, plus further batches of work across the county. In all, the council is expected to spend a total of £850 million.

Interviews will start on July 25 with a shortlist due on July 29.