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£4 billion of work up for grabs

Competition will be fierce for the £4 billion up for grabs in the next round of the National Framework for Academies.

Tim Byles, chief executive of delivery body Partnerships for Schools, has announced a doubling of funding for the framework when it is re-procured early next year.

Up to 10 national providers and their supply chains could be selected to join as the framework is extended to local authorities not yet involved in Building Schools for the Future.

M&E specialist EIC is currently undertaking a £6 million m&e contract including cooling and ventilation for main contractor Wilmott Dixon at newly built academy Stockwell Park High School.

Managing director Ian Lyall said: “EIC has been heavily involved in the education sector over the last 10 years. The Government’s commitment to its education spending plan is very good news, especially in the current economic climate.

“I expect companies which specialise in housing will also bid for these contracts as they attempt to diversify away from that sector.

“But now is the time to focus on successful delivery and I believe EIC already has the advantage.”