The Education Funding Agency has shortlisted four contractors to compete for two batches of capitally funded priority schools in Derby and the North-west.
Kier and Wates will go head to head for the £35m North West 4 batch of seven schools in Cheshire West and Chester, Stockport, Warrington and Wigan.
Bowmer and Kirkland and Galliford Try will compete for the £27m Derby batch of six schools.
The two batches of schools work were released to contractors on the EFA’s £4bn main contractors framework in late December 2013.
Bowmer and Kirkland and Galliford Try were appointed to the EFA’s four-year schoolbuilding framework for the first time when it commenced last November.
It is the first batch of publicly funded Priority School Building Programme schools the contractors will tender for.
Last year, Wates beat Kier to the £33m East of England 1 batch of priority schools. The contractor also won the £38m Midlands 1 batch of priority schools.
To date, Kier has been awarded three batches of capitally funded priority schools in the South of England, East of England and North-east.
The PSBP will rebuild the 261 schools in most urgent need of repair in England by 2017.