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Two in fight for £110m Building Schools for the Future work

Shepherd Construction and Willmott Dixon are set to fight it out for work worth more than £100m under one of the final BSF programmes to be completed, Construction News has learned.

Telford and Wrekin Council confirmed in December that it would retender the last phase of its £200m BSF programme as its initial framework, on which Kier Moss was preferred contractor, expired on 31 December.

Kier and Willmott Dixon originally duelled for the work back in 2009, having held off Balfour Beatty and Carillion for the BSF work, with Kier eventually coming out on top.

However the council confirmed its intention to retender the last phase of the BSF programme after awarding Kier the final contract in the first phase worth £17.8 million to build the Phoenix School in Dawley late in December.

A decision on the preferred bidder for the first project under the BSF second phase - the £13 million Ercall Wood Technology College - is now due on 4 July.

A council spokeswoman confirmed to CN that the preferred bidder will then be given the first opportunity to submit designs for the remainder of the BSF programme with an estimated value of around £100m.

While the council will not be tied down to accepting the design proposal from the preferred bidder, it is expected that Willmott Dixon or Shepherd would complete the rest of the work.

The remaining projects will include new build work, refurbishment, co-location and building additional facilities at 10 facilities including Burton Borough, Charlton, Southall and Thomas Telford with work expected to be completed by 2016.

Shepherd and Willmott Dixon have been selected from the PFS north contractors framework which also contains Balfour Beatty, Bam Construction, Carillion, Clugston, Interserve, Lend Lease, Sir Robert McAlpine, Vinci and Wates

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