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