IT firm Northgate has won contracts in excess of £50 million with Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton Borough Council and Hartlepool Borough Council under the government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

The Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton contract is valued at £41.3 million and will see 18 schools across the two areas rebuilt or remodelled and upgraded to provide flexible and attractive learning environments that better support learning.

Each school will use ‘thin client’ technologies which helps them save energy, use computer equipment more efficiently and enables students to access learning materials from a wide range of devices such as desk top PCs, laptops and PDAs. Every student will also have access to an online learning platform, providing true, anytime, anywhere learning for the entire school community.

Northgate has also been announced as Hartlepool Borough Council’s select bidder for its BSF programme. The contract is worth more than £12 million and is Northgate’s first ICT-only contract win in the BSF programme. It will deliver services to seven schools where the investment will allow for the provision and management of the latest innovative learning and teaching schools and creating technology-rich learning spaces which are responsive, inclusive and supportive of attainment by all.

David Hyland, managing director, Education, Northgate Managed Services, said: “We are extremely proud to be involved in the Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton Building Schools for the Future project and look forward to working with the Authorities, Balfour Beatty, the LEP and the individual schools to transform learning and teaching using ICT.

“By working in partnership with the schools, we will be offering innovative, high quality facilities and integrated information and communication technology to help deliver personalised learning tailored to the needs, interests and aptitudes of their learners.”