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Kier seals £28m BSF deals as deadline nears for councils

Kier Eastern has signed three Building Schools for the Future contracts collectively worth £28m with Cambridgeshire Learning and Community Partnerships.

The contractor will rebuild and refurbish three Fenland schools for the joint venture local education partnership, providing new accommodation and facilities, as well as refurbishing existing accommodation.

The schools are Cromwell Community College in Chatteris, Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey and Meadowgate Special School in Wisbech.

Work will start on site this month and will be finished at the last of the schools by August 2013.

BSF programme director at Cambridgeshire County Council Alan Kippax said: “These contracts have been signed six months earlier than originally planned.

“This has been achieved as a result of a huge amount of work by the three schools, the county council, our private sector partners and Partnerships for Schools, which have all worked extremely well together to ensure that these exciting developments go ahead.”

Although the BSF scheme was cancelled last year, it continues to see ongoing legal action.

The High Court ruled last February that the government scrapped the scheme unlawfully.

Six councils, including Waltham Forest and Sandwell, appealed against the cancellation of their schemes and have until 19 August to decide whether to continue their action, after being awarded their legal costs in the High Court ruling.