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Ealing confirms shortlist for £300m BSF contract

Ealing Council has confirmed that consortia led by Balfour Beatty, Wates and Galliford Try/Willmott Dixon will compete for its £300 million Building Schools for the Future contract.

The three groups have been shortlisted for the deal to refurbish or rebuild 14 schools and build one new one in the west London borough as part of the Government’s £55 billion BSF programme.

Balfour BeattyEducation, Equitix Learning and QED Education Environments will now enter into competitive dialogue with the council and its schools.

Two of the three shortlisted bidders will then progress to the next phase of tendering. In October 2009, they will produce plans for two schools, Cardinal Wiseman and Dormers Wells. 

The winning consortia is expected to be confirmed in April 2010. Work on the first two schools is expected to begin in October 2010, and all work is expected to be complete by 2015.

Ealing Council executive director for children and adults David Archibald said: “We are pleased to have received applications from these three very strong consortia.

“We welcome their enthusiasm for our ambitious and exciting plans and look forward to working with them over the coming months.”

Potential sub-contractors will be able to meet the three short-listed private sector providers on Monday 13 July in Ealing.


  • The Balfour Beatty Education consortium includes Balfour Beatty Capital, Balfour Beatty Construction Scottish and Southern, Balfour Beatty WorkPlace, RM Education, Nicholas Hare and Hawkins/Brown.
  • The Equitix Learning (Ealing) consortium includes Equitix Ltd, Willmott Dixon Construction, Galliford Try Construction, Mitie PFI, Dell Corporation and Cocentra.
  • The QED Education Environments consortium includes Wates Group, VT Education and Skills, HLM Architects, KSS Design Group, Waterman Group and AECOM.