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On the starting blocks - the first Priority Schools

16 October 2012

The first batch of capitally funded schools under the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) has been unveiled by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). Comprising nine schools across the North-East and worth between £60-64m, the tender should be released this month. Two further batches of 11 schools in the Midlands and London with a total value of £76-81m are expected to follow before the end of this month and in early November. The batches will be procured under the Contractors’ Framework.

Whilst the much talked about baseline designs which the EFA recently issued will not be a strict requirement of the tender process for the capitally funded schools, bidders have been advised to understand “the direction of travel”.

Originally expected to go out to tender in April 2012, the PSBP has unfortunately suffered delays in the past and time is now very much “of the essence”.

The race is now on to get these schools (and subsequent batches) out of the blocks and over the line.

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