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Eric Wright scoops £140m Blackpool BSF

Preston based contractor Eric Wright Group has been selected over Morgan Sindall for the £140 million Blackpool BSF scheme.

The project, which is in Wave 5 of the £55m government-funded programme, will cover all eight secondary schools and three special schools in the borough.

Most of the schools date from the 1950s and will be remodelled, while two new education facilities will be purpose built.

The first school to be delivered through the programme is scheduled to open in time for the beginning of the new school term in September 2012.

The plans also include the country’s first ‘school studio’, designed to deliver vocational training to students in the 14-19 age group.

Executive Director for Children, Adults & Families Department David Lund said: “This is a significant day for Blackpool. I wish to congratulate the Eric Wright Group being appointed as selected bidder for delivery of our BSF Programme.

“The Eric Wright Group and its partners have convinced us that it has the vision, determination and capacity to work with us to rebuild and refurbish all of our schools in a way that will make a significant difference to teaching, learning and the future prosperity of Blackpool.