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REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT: South east increase on education contracts

The south east region won the second highest value of contracts in the education sector when compared to eleven regions in the UK, according to EMAP Gleningan research.

They were worth £163.4 million in deals. It was second only to the North region with £186.1 worth of contracts. But they also concluded that the South East was second in the commercial sector too, with deals worth £182.8 million.Londontopped the table with £450.6 million.

But in July, the education sector in the South East was awarded the highest value of contracts worth £127.5 million when compared to the other regions.

EMAP Gleningan registered half a billion pounds worth contracts for education work every month, for the last year. They said the spending was lifted due to a number of major projects, such theBuildingSchoolsfor the Future deal worth £180 million inNewcastle-upon-Tyneand the £40 million campus inGillingham.

However, they believe it is too early to provide guides to whether developers will start stalling or shelving projects on the commercial sector, even after achieving their highest level in commercial work orders since November 2006.

In June, the civil sector won the highest value of contracts of all regions worth £978.9 million. According to EMAP Gleningan, the civil sector showed signs of long-waited improvement after a host of major projects from power stations to site preparation schemes provided a fillip in June, where civil orders totalled £2.2 billion.

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