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Education Funding Agency increases schools framework to £4 billion

The Education Funding Agency’s framework to design and build free schools, academies and other education facilities has increased to £4 billion.

But the number of places on the next two lots – Sector North and Sector South – appears to have decreased from 12 last time to nine. The EFA says there will be nine contractors on each of the lots, with approximately 13 being invited to tender following the pre-qualification stage.

The 48-month framework will replace the existing version when it expires in November this year.

The EFA – the Department for Education funding body –  said last month that the framework would be worth £3bn.

It will be used by the Education Funding Agency, academy trusts and local authorities to select construction partners for the delivery of capital building projects.

Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 29 May.

The work will be split evenly between north and south.

Sector North includes the North-west, North-east, Yorkshire and Humber, East Midlands and West Midlands.

Sector South will include the East of England, South-east, South-west and London.

The EFA intends to use an eTendering system. Applicants must complete a separate PQQ for each lot that they intend to bid for.

Applicants not registered on Constructionline will need to complete the full PQQ.

The EFA is in charge of the delivery programme and buildings for free schools, academies, university technical colleges, sixth form colleges, further education colleges and other educational facilities.

The successful contractors are expected to be in place and bidding for work from December.

Current framework:

Sector 1: North and the MidlandsSector 2: London, the South and the South and East of England
Balfour Beatty ConstructionApollo Property Services
Bam ConstructionBalfour Beatty Construction
Bovis Lend LeaseBam Construction
Carillion ConstructionBovis Lend Lease
Clugston ConstructionCarillion Construction
Interserve Projects ServicesInterserve Projects Services
Kier RegionalJB Leadbitter & Co
Shepherd ConstructionKier Regional
Sir Robert McAlpineRydon
Vinci ConstructionSir Robert McAlpine
WatesWates
Willmott DixonWillmott Dixon

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