THREE firms are vying for a £57 million Private Finance Initiative deal in the northwest.
Kier's Academy Services consortium has been shortlisted alongside Kajima and Balfour Beatty's Transform Schools team to rebuild two schools in Oldham.
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council agreed the shortlist last week but a spokesman said tender documents were unlikely to appear until next month.A preferred bidder is due in April 2005.The delay is to allow the project team to discuss a potential increase in funding with the Department for Education and Skills.
The spokesman said: 'We may be eligible for additional PFI credits and need to clarify this before issuing tender documents.'
Increased funding will be used to enhance community sports facilities at Failsworth school to the south of the town and Radclyffe school in Chadderton.