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Five Brighton & Hove schools are set to benefit from a major capital programme of building works and refurbishment....
Five Brighton & Hove schools are set to benefit from a major capital programme of building works and refurbishment.

Brighton & Hove City Council have announced that Jarvis has been selected as the preferred bidder on the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme.

Jarvis will work in partnership with the council on a building programme to

build extensions and refurbish existing buildings at Dorothy Stringer, East

Brighton College of Media Arts, Patcham High and Varndean schools.

At Patcham the development includes a new public library, plus dining hall,

specialist accommodation, community use, youth services, and the inclusion

of a number of secondary age pupils with special educational needs. Patcham

Junior School will also benefit from extra facilities.

The work at Dorothy Stringer, Patcham and Varndean secondary schools will

provide an extra 450 places, as well as specialist accommodation.

East Brighton College of Media Arts will receive specialist facilities for

media and arts-related activities as well as community access.

Executive councillor for education Frieda Warman-Brown said: 'The council

evaluated two strong bids and now has a first class proposal to take

forward into the next stage.

'The project will attract large scale government funding to Brighton and

Hove which would otherwise not be available. The schools involved are set

to gain significantly from new and extra facilities.'

Jarvis will also provide a range of facilities management services over the

25-year life of the contract, such as buildings maintenance, energy

services, caretaking, security and safety, catering, cleaning, grounds

maintenance and waste disposal.

Consultation has been carried out with the schools and trade unions and

this will continue as the scheme develops. The council will also keep local

communities informed on progress.

Henry Lafferty, chief executive of Jarvis Accommodation Services, said:

'The council's decision is further testimony to the confidence that the

education sector is now placing in Jarvis to develop innovative,

cost-effective solutions for the provision of both educational and

community facilities.'

The value of the project is estimated at£40m, of which£25m

is being financed by the government through the PFI programme.

Building work is expected to start in January 2002 for completion in

September, 2003.

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