£800m worth of academies hit the market next month
Published:  17 May, 2011

LONDON: The first of £800m worth of academies projects given the go-ahead by the government earlier this year are to reach market in June.

The 71 schemes, which were put on hold by the government last July, have been reviewed by Partnerships for Schools, and will be tendered to the 15 contractors on the academies framework.

Tim Byles, chief executive of Partnerships for Schools said yesterday that the first batch of projects would be tendered in June, with the remainder to follow in batches over the course of the next 18 months.

The schemes will be divided into £250m worth of work (28 schemes) in the North, and £550m (43) worth in the South. The first two schemes to come to market, worth £25m, will be in Bolton and Brighton.

The schemes will be a major boost to the 15 firms on the academies framework.

Mr Byles said he expected that work on University Technical Colleges and studio schools would also be procured through the framework, which is also already being used for free schools.

"This represents an opportunity for firms right through the supply chain, including architects and specialist contractors, as well as those on the framework," Mr Byles said:

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