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Contractors cut schools costs as deadline looms

Contractors are pulling out the stops to reduce the cost of approved schools projects for an initial deadline at the end of this week.

Schools capital delivery body Partnership for Schools’ has asked for cuts averaging 40 per cent on projects that escaped the cuts over the summer. Construction News understands first-stage discussions with councils will be completed by Friday 26 November, before a final deadline of 20 December for agreeing the savings.

Schemes at early stages are being rethought with “no stone left unturned” to reduce costs, according to industry insiders.

Revising and simplifying facades, refurbishing rather than rebuilding where possible and cuttingout design flourishes are among changes being examined.

Firms are reassessing how much to invest in making buildings energy efficient as well as investigating more radical suggestions including using existing buildings for longer days rather than building new ones.

Miller  joint managing director Tom de la Motte said: “We were expecting to be asked to make the savings and you can look at a lot of things like whether you really need to replace all the IT systems, or do you need to really need to build a new sports hall?”

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