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Kier preferred on two education jobs worth £90m

Kier has announced it has been named preferred bidder for two education schemes with a combined value in excess of £90 million.

For Northumberland County Council, Kier will build three new Church of England academy buildings sponsored by the Duke of Northumberland and the Church of England under a £46 million contract.

Work on the first two academy buildings, the Grace Darling and William Leech campuses, is due to complete by summer 2011.

The third building, the Josephine Butler campus, is scheduled to complete by Christmas of that year.

Also, as part of the Equitix Consortium, Kier will build two new schools in the first wave of the Fenland Building Schools for the Future programme for Cambridgeshire County Council.

The schools are the Thomas Clarkson Community College valued at £33.3 million and the Meadowgate School, valued at £11 million.

Work is due to start in summer 2010. Further waves of this BSF programme have a potential value of £600 million.

Kier Group chief executive John Dodds said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to take these projects forward, cementing our position as one of the country’s major builders of education infrastructure.

“In both cases we look forward to working closely with all parties to deliver a series of exemplary places of learning.”