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Call for sub-contractors to work on £2.4bn Birmingham BSF job

Catalyst Lend Lease and Birmingham City Council have issued a plea for a wide range of sub-contractors to help with one of the largest education construction programmes in Europe.

Bovis’ PPP arm Catalyst Lend Lease wants to engage a supply chain ahead of the first phase of the £2.4 billion Birmingham Building Schools for the Future scheme.

The sub-contractor procurement process is set to begin this autumn for the £152.4 million first phase, which will see work beginning on 11 school sites from August 2010.

A team from Catalyst Lend Lease and the city council will be attending Interbuild BSF at the NEC in Birmingham from 18 to 21 October to find innovative suppliers.

Sub-contractors are being sought with specialist backgrounds in heating, cooling products, lighting, acoustics, furniture and classroom equipment, doors and windows, storage solutions and sports equipment.

Bovis’ new projects director Andrew King said: “It’s important that the supply chain knows that we need them. We have some significant gaps.

“Interbuild BSF is perfect in terms of timing if manufacturers have an innovation to profile to our procurement teams.”

Roger Thompson, education sector director at Catalyst Lend Lease, emphasised the need to “identify the innovations we don’t know, not just those we do.”

More than 80 of the city’s secondary schools will be rebuilt or refurbished by 2024 under the BSF deal, with work to be carried out in six phases.

The first phase involves the co-location of Mayfield Special School and Holte Secondary onto a single site, along with the rebuild or refurbishment of Waverley, Four Dwellings High, Park View, Broadway, Moseley, George Dixon International, The International School, Stockland Green and Saltley schools.

The Catalyst Lend Lease consortium was selected ahead of Land Securities Trillium in February as preferred bidder for the Birmingham BSF deal. Funding has been secured for the first phase of the programme with announcements on the further phases expected soon.

The Birmingham BSF programme also includes the proposed creation of eight Birmingham academies in the city.

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