Balfour Beatty and a Thomas Vale/Wates joint venture have won the £250 million Building Schools for the Future contract for Stoke-on-Trent city council.
The teams beat Carillion and Galliford Try to win the deal which has been awarded - three years and eight months after it was originally advertised.
A procurement notice for the work was published in OJEU in December 2005, but the contract award has been held up by years of political wrangling.
Campaigners fought details of the contract, including plans to close comprehensives to make way for new academies. The work was rescoped, and then last autumn it emerged that the council had abandoned its original shortlist and re-tendered.
The council’s latest plans involve 14 secondary schools being rebuilt or refurbished in the city between 2011 and 2014. Five of these will be academies, and three voluntary aided schools.
The first schools to benefit from the programme will be the academy to replace the James Brindley high school in the north of the city, and the academy to replace Blurton High School in the south.
Both teams are expected to start work on site in autumn 2010.