Partnerships for Schools chief Tim Byles has hailed the signing of the £400 million Salford and Wigan Building Schools for the Future contract.
A Hochtief/Laing O’Rourke joint venture was named preferred bidder for the scheme last month but signed the paperwork today.
Mr Byles said: “The appointment of a selected bidder is excellent news for the progress of the BSF programme nationally and even better news for the learners and communities of Salford and Wigan.
“In particular we should celebrate the fact that two authorities will be working together, along with their private sector partner, to provide new and improved buildings, facilities and technology which will have an enormous impact on the education and life chances of every young person in the area.”
The Transforming Learning Partnership consortium will design, build and refurbish more than 20 schools across the two councils.
The deal was primarily funded by the Government, with contributions from both Salford and Wigan councils.
Work on the new Walkden High School, and Irlam and Cadishead Community High School, in Salford is due to start in October and is scheduled for completion in September 2011.