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PPP CONTRACT AWARDED FOR£150M SCHOOLS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME FOR REDCAR

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Ambitious plans for Redcar and Cleveland BC's£150m public-private partnership schools improvement programme have t...
Ambitious plans for Redcar and Cleveland BC's£150m public-private partnership schools improvement programme have taken a giant step forward.

The authority announced this week that the preferred bidder for the design, build, finance and future management is the Mowlem Robertson Schools Consortium. The work is due to start in January next year and will be completed in September 2006.

The scheme is being supported by£48.9m of private finance initiative credits which is provided by government funding and the rest of the funding comes from the public-private partnership. The six main schemes across the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland involve:

-The building of three new secondary schools - a voluntary aided school for Sacred Heart RC School, Redcar and two community schools for Bydales at Marske and Gillbrook Technology College, South Bank.

-Two new primary schools will also open their doors, following approval for amalgamation of St Alban's with St Dominic's in Redcar and Beech Grove with Cromwell Road at South Bank.

-Nunthorpe Secondary School will be extensively refurbished and remodelled.

Steve Kay, cabinet member for education said: 'This is a giant step forward for education in Redcar and Cleveland, providing a massive investment in new schools, and refurbishment of Nunthorpe Secondary School.

'Dilapidated buildings will be replaced by modern structures and facilities that are designed for youngsters of the 21st century.

'A tremendous amount of work has gone into the drawing up and final stages of this excellent and far reaching programme which will breathe new life into education in the borough.

'Tribute must be paid to local authority staff in our education department, the schools themselves and the bidders. This development is the culmination of many months of effort and hard work.

Tony Jackson, bid manager for Mowlem plc stressed: 'The consortium is delighted to have been chosen as preferred bidder for such a high profile project. We are now looking forward to continuing to work with the council officers in order to conclude the deal and enable work to start on the construction of the schools in January 2005, so that they can be ready for occupation from September 2006.'

Note

The Mowlem Robertson Schools Consortium is a 50/50 shareholding partnership between Mowlem plc, who are carrying out the design and build and finance and management provision for the project, and Robertson, which is an equity provider.

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