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Five swot up for school prize

CONTRACTS - SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

FIVE RIVALS are looking to chalk up a £100 million framework deal for school building work in Scotland.

Amec, AWG, Bovis Lend Lease, Carillion and Mowlem will battle for the deal, which covers primary schools in South Lanarkshire.

Amec is also bidding against an Ameyled consortium for South Lanarkshire Council's £190 million Private Finance Initiative secondary schools deal.

The shortlisted firms are competing for a mix of new build and refurbishment work over an initial five-year period.Projects will have a maximum value of £6 million and the total contract could be worth as much as £20 million a year.The council has not ruled out the appointment of more than one contractor.

South Lanarkshire Council has set out a work programme covering around 20 schools, divided to tie in with its annual budgets.

A number of other firms are thought to have been put off the deal by the original advertisement in the Official Journal.

The deal was described as the 'replacement or improvement of properties (other than housing)' which several sources claimed was too vague.

One insider said: 'It made it look like a whole load of small maintenance jobs when, in a lot of ways, it's more the sort of package you get with PPP.'

A source at another firm said contractors may have been put off by the large number of education deals currently being tendered in Scotland.

Bids are due in on June 29 and a decision on the winning firm or firms is expected by the beginning of September.