One of the two remaining bidders - Land Securities Trillium and RM, and Catalyst Education (Birmingham) - will deliver a transformation programme valued at£1.2bn in partnership with the city council.
Sylvia McNamara, the council’s director of transforming education, said the programme was a unique opportunity to provide the right learning environment the city’s secondary-age students.
“This is one of the biggest projects in the country because of the size of Birmingham and we are proud to be leading the way. We are determined to ensure that teaching and learning drive the building and procurement process,” she said.
“We now have the incredibly important task of taking away all the detailed information from the remaining two bidders and analysing every aspect in great detail before making our final decision.”
Councillor Les Lawrence (Con), cabinet member for children, young people and families, said the firms’ bids would now be carefully examined.
“We have to scrutinise the bids provided with a fine tooth comb and make a decision that is going to benefit generations of learners, teachers and school staff for decades to come,” he said.
The contract is expected to be awarded by the end of March next year, with work the sample schools due to open in 2010.