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Further delays for £200m Portsmouth BSF procurement

The announcement of a winner for the £200 million Portsmouth Building Schools for the Future contract could be put back until November, HVNplus understands.

Shortlisted contractors Bouygues and Shape - a consortium inclulding Morgan Sindall and Wates - were initially expected to hear in July which had won the deal to work on 12 secondary schools in the South coast city.

The decision was then put back until September, and a Portsmouth City Council source this week told CNplus that an award was unlikely before November.

All this follows earlier delays when the council changed its procurement route and issued separate OJEU notices for contractor and ICT provider.

Portsmouth is in Wave Six of the £55 billion BSF programme. It is understood that four new builds and a refurbishment will involve PFI work, while seven schools will involve design-and-build refurbishment.

The November date would suggest the authority is waiting for news in the Comprehensive Spending Review before signing up a contractor. The Government yesterday hinted heavily at cuts to the BSF scheme in next week’s budget.