Essex County Council has awarded Mitie a 10-year outsourcing deal worth up to £100m, while Wates has been chosed to design and build three schools.
The schools are James Hornsby High School, Basildon, De La Salle School, Basildon and Shorefields School, Clacton. Work is due to begin in April 2012, with work due to be completed in 2013.
Wates regional director Ian Vickers said: “We have committed to ensuring 70 per cent of our labour comes from the local area providing many employment opportunities.
“Additionally, as part of our proposals we have also committed to working with each of the schools to provide a number of apprenticeships, work experience placements and technology days – enriching the student’s education experience.”
Essex County Council cabinet member for central services, Councillor Derrick Louis said: “Wates have a very successful track record of delivering large scale building projects and their proposal demonstrated they can meet the very high standards we expect from our preferred bidder.”
Meanwhile Mitie has been awarded an outsourcing contract with Essex County Council worth up to £100m over ten years.
The company will work with the council to deliver a transformational outsourcing contract which includes facilities and property management as well as energy services.
Mitie will employ more than 500 people to service over 350 sites including Essex County Hall, offices, libraries, community centres and depots covering 145,000 square metres with services including maintenance; cleaning; security; catering; waste management; and mail and distribution services.
The contract is worth a minimum of £8 million per year and up to £2 million additional project works to be undertaken each year and Mitie has committed to employing apprentices and ensuring at least 25 per cent of sub-contracted work is placed with local SMEs.
Mitie chief executive Ruby McGregor-Smith said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Mitie to deliver a transformational outsourcing offering to one of the UK’s most visionary local authorities. We are delighted to be working with Essex County Council and are looking forward to developing this relationship over the long-term.”