BSF wins


Construction News has reported that Balfour Beatty is understood to have won the £200 million Derby City BSF contract.

The contractor is thought to have beaten Vinci Education to the East Midlands project, with an official announcement expected on 21 June.

Derby’s BSF programme will see work on 14 schools over three phases. The first phase includes two sample schemes – a design-and-build project and a combination of two co-located PFI schools – as well as a further PFI school.

All facilities in the second and third phases will be delivered through design and build. The programme is due to be completed by September 2014.

It was also reported this week that the Interserve-led consortium Environments for Learning has won a £150m BSF contract to undertake a major schools development programme for St Helens Council.

Interserve will build two schools, with a capital cost of £47m, in the first phase: Rainford High Technology College and De La Salle School. Rainford will be financed using the private finance initiative funding and Interserve will provide facilities management services worth £8m to the school over a 25-year period once complete.

Six further schools have been identified for subsequent development costing £100m. Two of these will be procured through PFI.

Place North West reported Adrian Ringrose, Interserve's chief executive, as saying: "St Helens Council has clearly shown its commitment to providing children in the area with the latest educational facilities, and we will play our part in ensuring that the schools we build will deliver the benefits the community needs. This is our third such development programme, alongside Sandwell in the West Midlands and our award-winning partnership at Leeds."