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Deal signed on county's BSF programme

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Contracts have been signed on a £500m deal under Durham County Council’s Building Schools for the Future programme.

Durham CC and Inspired Spaces, a consortium led by Carillion, will work in partnership over the next 10 years to improve facilities at 44 secondary and special schools.

Cllr Claire Vasey, cabinet member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “This scheme represents the largest ever single investment in schools in County Durham.

“This hugely significant investment will bring fantastic new facilities to our secondary schools, which we hope will support and inspire students to aim high and reach their full potential.”

The BSF programme in County Durham will see 14 new schools built to replace old and outdated buildings.

A further 30 schools will be re-modelled and upgraded to bring modern high-tech facilities to every secondary school-aged pupil.

Schools in East Durham will be the first to benefit from the scheme, followed by schools in South West Durham and Newton Aycliffe; North Durham, Weardale and Teesdale; and Chester-le-Street and Durham City.

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