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£7bn schools framework launched

6 January 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a £7bn framework for the construction of schools, academies, university technical colleges, sixth form colleges, and further education colleges.

Split into 22 different lots, according to geographical area, the framework lasts for four years.

The first two lots are ‘high value bands’, split between the North and the South. The high value band for the North is worth £1.25bn, while the high value band for the South is worth £2.25bn.

The DfE said bidders may apply for any lot at selection stage and may be invited to tender for any lot but may not be appointed to “overlapping” lots.

The deadline for tenders or requests to participate is 5 February.


When I joined the West Sussex County Council in February 1966 as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor the Council were part of a group of Local Authorities working together under a banner the “Second Consortium of Local Authorities” – SCOLA for short.
Not only did the individual councils forming the Consortium work together on standard designs for schools etc, but they also tendered work packages within the Consortium for items such as structural steelwork, concrete beams and floors to obtain the benefits of bulk purchasing.
It is interesting that some 50+ years later the wheel of construction has turned a full circle.

Philip Bishop, 7 January 2021

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