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PfS chief Tim Byles gears up for expanded schools role

Partnerships for Schools chief executive Tim Byles has begun meeting key parties as the body prepares to assume responsibility for all schools capital projects.

PfS will run the Primary Capital Programme, the Devolved Formula Capital scheme and the Targeted Capital Programmes from 1 October 2009.

This will be on top of its existing work managing the £55 billion Building Schools for the Future scheme and the hotly contested academies frameworks. The three new programmes will come to PfS from the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Contractors are hoping that the change will mean more jobs grouped together by single procurement routes.

Mr Byles said: “From 1 October, PfS will be assuming responsibility for the delivery of all schools capital programmes, which gives us the opportunity to sit down with every children’s services authority in the country, and think strategically together about how these resources can in the round help deliver against local needs and priorities as well as national ones in the future.”

The three major schemes being taken on by PfS are worth a combined £5bn to 2011.

The body’s annual conference on 10 September will focus on ‘having one conversation on capital’. For more information about the event, visit www.pfsevents.com