Bam Construct and Kier will fight it out for the next two priority schools batches to come to the market.
The contractors have been invited to tender for the London batch of schools, worth between £44 million and £54m, and for one primary, two secondary and two special schools in the London boroughs of Barnet, Greenwich, Lambeth, Newham and Waltham Forest.
The two will also fight it out for the second Midlands batch to come to market for schools in Birmingham, Derby and Nottinghamshire after Bam Construct lost out to Wates for the £36m first batch of Midlands schools in Coventry.
Bam Construct was one of two invited to tender the £60 million priority schools scheme in the North-east, but lost out to Sir Robert McAlpine.
The Edfucation Funding Agency is currently procuring batches of schools under the £400m capitally-funded part of the £2.4bn priority schools programme. Education Funding Agency director of capital Mike Green confirmed last month that the privately financed £2bn schools programme will come to the market in the spring.