By awarding consortium, InspirED, preferred bidder status, the council has secured 17 brand new schools for the area and two major refurbishments - meaning that all of South Lanarkshire's secondary schools will be fully modernised.
'This means that South Lanarkshire Council has successfully negotiated nine more new schools than originally anticipated - all of this within the agreed budget.
'The two schools not being rebuilt are Hamilton Grammar School, which was extensively refurbished in 1996 and the newest of South Lanarkshire's secondary schools - Stonelaw High School - which was built in 1998.
'We believe that this is the largest and most ambitious schools PPP project in Scotland. We are confident that InspirED offer us the most competitive bid available and we look forward to work starting on the schools in the summer.
'Importantly, South Lanarkshire Council has successfully developed the first ever PPP project in which no council employees will be forced to transfer to the private sector.
'This is an exciting time for South Lanarkshire's pupils. In addition to the secondary schools programme, each and every one of the area's primary schools is being completely rebuilt or refurbished, which means that by 2016 all of South Lanarkshire's schools will be fully modernised.'
The council received two bids from interested consortia and have spent the last few months carefully assessing them. InspirED - led by AMEC and its partners Equion and Innisfree - scored consistently higher and more closely met the Council's requirements in four key areas. These are:
-Education (disruption management, accommodation requirements, educational requirements, operational requirements and community use)
-Finance (affordability of the proposals, value for money and deliverability of funding proposals)
-Legal (compliance of the tender in terms of Scottish Schools Standard Contract)
-Technical (quality of design, construction and life cycle maintenance
InspirED will continue to work closely with the council to fine-tune its bid to fully meet the Local Authority's overall needs. All negotiations will be completed over the next few months, gearing up for financial close during June 2005, subject to Scottish Executive approval. Construction will start in the summer of 2005, with a scheduled overall secondary school project completion date of 2009.
All four merged schools are scheduled to be completed and ready for use by August 2007. These are:
Ballerup High School and Duncanrig Secondary School
Blantyre High School and Earnock High School
Claremont High School and Hunter High School
and St Andrew's High School and St Bride's High School
In the Hamilton area the merged Blantyre High School/Earnock High School will be built on the existing Blantyre High School site. Work will start on the new school in July 2005, be completed by July 2007 and it will be ready for occupation in August 2007.
Holy Cross High School will be completely rebuilt at the Bothwell Road Park site. Construction is scheduled to commence in July 2005, be completed in July 2007 and the new school is due to open in August 2007.
John Ogilvie High School is being completely rebuilt alongside the current school instead of being refurbished as was initially proposed. Work is scheduled to start in August 2006 and be finished for July 2008, the new school being ready for occupation in August of that year.
Larkhall Academy will be completely rebuilt, alongside the current school, under these plans. Work is planned to commence on site in July 2007 and take two years to complete with the school being opened in August 2009.
Hamilton Grammar School, extensively refurbished and extended in 1996, will be refurbished with a new PE complex and other teaching accommodation added to the existing school building within a single campus. Refurbishment work is planned to start in April 2007 and be completed by May 2008.
Strathaven Academy will be rebuilt, rather than being refurbished. Work on the new school is scheduled to start in July 2007 and take two years to complete for opening in August 2009. During the construction period, pupils and staff will relocate to accommodation within the former Ballerup High School.
In East Kilbride, the merged Ballerup High School and Duncanrig Secondary School will be built on the existing Duncanrig site. A site start is planned for summer 2005 and the new school will be ready to occupy in August 2007.
The joint Claremont High School and Hunter High School will be constructed on the current Claremont High School site. Sanderson High School will also be rebuilt under these plans. A site start is planned for summer 2005 and the new schools will be opened August 2007
The new St Andrew's/St Bride's High School will be built on the existing St Bride's site. Again, a site start is planned for summer 2005 and the opening of the new school is planned for August 2007.
Instead of every school in the Clydesdale area being refurbished - these new plans will see each and every one of its secondary schools being rebuilt, which is great news for the area.
Carluke High School is being rebuilt on its current site. Work on the new school will start in July 2005 and take two years to complete for occupation in August 2007.
Lesmahagow High School will be rebuilt on its existing site. Construction will commence in July 2005, be completed by July 2007 with the school ready for staff and pupils in August 2007.
Biggar High School will be rebuilt on the existing school site. Work is scheduled to commence in July 2007 and take two years to construct, ready for pupils to move in in August 2009.
The council will consult on the proposal to relocate Lanark Grammar as a new build school on an alternative site.
In the Rutherglen and Cambuslang area the council will consult on the proposal to relocate Cathkin High School as a new build school on a site adjacent to the existing school.
A further consultation will take place on the proposal to build a new Rutherglen High School within the new Cathkin High School campus.
Trinity High School will be completely rebuilt. Work is scheduled to commence in July 2007 and finish in July 2009 with the school ready for occupation in August 2009. Proposals are for pupils and staff to make use of accommodation at the former Holy Cross High School campus while the new school is being built.
Stonelaw High School, a new school completed in 1998, will also be refurbished. This work is due to start in July 2007 and be completed by August 2008.
Uddingston Grammar will be rebuilt on the existing campus instead of refurbished under the new plans. The construction of the new school is scheduled to start in August 2006 and will take two years to complete. The new Grammar School will be ready for use in August 2008.
The council will consult with parents and other interested bodies where the proposals are to relocate schools outwith their current campus. This applies to Cathkin High School, Rutherglen High School and Lanark Grammar School.