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Willmott Dixon and May Gurney battle for £400m Lambeth deal

Willmott Dixon and May Gurney are set for a head-to-head battle for a London education contract worth up to £400 million, Construction News understands.

The contractors are believed to be the only competitors for the deal to carry out the second phase of the London Borough of Lambeth’s Building Schools for the Future work.

The contract, in wave 5 of the £55 billion BSF scheme, was put into OJEU in March, and closed to tenders last week. It is worth about £210m in initial work, but could lead to primary school work worth a further £190m.

A shortlist of bidders is expected to be announced soon, and a source said: “We would be very surprised if anyone else was on the list.”

Phase 2 of Lambeth’s BSF work involves the renovation and refurbishment of 12 secondary schools, including nine mainstream schools, two special schools and an academy.

Three schools will be built from scratch, one wholly refurbished and the other eight a mixture of both.

Lambeth’s first phase saw work on five schools through wave 2 of BSF at a total contract value of £88m. Apollo, Alfred McAlpine, Bryen and Langley and Willmott Dixon worked on this phase.