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Six in line for £110m school deals


SIX FIRMS have been lined up to bid for four school building contracts worth up to £110 million in London.

Bouygues, Galliford Try, Taylor Woodrow, William Verry, Wates and Mace major projects division Mace Plus were chosen last week to bid for four academy projects for educational charity Absolute Return for Kids.

A £38 million academy will be built as part of the regeneration of Elephant & Castle in Southwark. A further £35 million will be spent on a second new school in Brixton designed by Zaha Hadid.

The other two projects are refurbishments of existing schools; a £19 million deal in Hammersmith and a £17 million project in Westminster.

Up to four of the six firms will be selected to compete for each project in a two-stage bidding process with the winning contractor working with the client to develop the designs and affordability of the schools.

The first deal up for grabs will be the Southwark Academy, which will be bid this month to start in summer next year.

Brixton will follow later in this summer for a start in late 2007.

The refurbishment projects will be tendered early next year.

Arup is the structural and M&E consultant and Davis Langdon is QS. Capita Symonds is the construction project manager.