Interserve-led consortium Environments for Learning has reached financial close on the £63 million sample schools through the St Helens Building Schools for the Future scheme.
Interserve will work on two schools, Rainford High Technology College and De La Salle School, at a capital cost of £48m, part of which will be financed through a Private Finance Initiative.
The contractor will then deliver facilities management services at Rainford worth £15m over a 25-year period.
At De La Salle, which will have places for 1,215 pupils aged 11 to 16, some 45 per cent of the buildings will be new while the remainder will undergo majorrefurbishment.
Rainford, where 65 per cent of the facilities will be new, will have 1,650 places for pupils from ages 11 to 18.