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Seven firms eye school places

A host of firms is lining up for two education deals in southern England together worth £50 million.

Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Kier, Willmott Dixon, Laing O’Rourke, Carillion and Norwest Holst are working up bids for a £25 million deal to build an academy in Wiltshire.

The scheme for United Learning Trust, a Christian education charity, will see the Headlands School in Swindon knocked down and a new academy building put up in its place.

Forming part of the Government’s Academies programme, the scheme has received funding from the newly named Department for Children, Schools and Families – formerly the Department for Education and Skills.

A source close to the project said: “The scheme needs to be submitted to Swindon Borough Council to get planning approved, so we are waiting a while before we appoint a contractor. Final interviews have taken place, so we are in the last stages of the decision making process.”

Designed by Adeas architects, the scheme, located at Beech Avenue, is due to start on site early next year.

Across the M4, two firms are vying for a £25 million deal to overhaul facilities at Barnet Further Education College in north London.

Norwest Holst and Haymills returned bids last week to a joint venture team featuring the Learning and Skills Council and Barnet Further Education College.

The college, which educates over 30,000 students, is set to move out of its 1950s facilities near High Barnet Tube station. The current buildings at the site will be demolished to make way for a modern three-storey building with extra basement facilities.

Led by Drivers Jonas, the scheme is being tendered as a design and build contract.

One bidder said: “This is a two stage tender – the first stage will be finished by September and then a preferred contractor will work together with the client on the last stages of the deal.”

A main contractor is set to be officially appointed early next year. Construction work is set to start in February.