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BSF victory: contractors sound warning over review

Contractors have warned they will not throw good money after bad in the government review of £1 billion of scrapped Building Schools for the Future projects.

The High Court today ruled that education secretary Michael Gove must reconsider his decision to scrap 58 school projects.

The UK Contractors Group said the contractors involved would be willing to help the six councils make their case to the government – but only if they could see it was a genuine and open process.

UKCG director Stephen Ratcliffe told Cnplus: “Contractors will help up to a point, but they will not be looking to spend too much more money.

“If contractors are asked to rethink the schemes then some may decide enough is enough. They have put lots of money into bidding for these scrapped jobs, and won’t want to spend even more adjusting the plans without a really good chance they will go ahead.”

Mr Ratcliffe said the decision offered a ray of light to the beleagured sector.

But he added: “The review must be a genuine and open process, because if it is seen to be anything else then contractors won’t want to spend more money on it.”

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