£156M North East schools batch selected bidder announced


Miller Construction operatives working on a building project. Photo: Miller Construction

Miller Construction has been appointed selected bidder by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for a batch of schools in the North East in a contract worth £156M.


This is the second batch to be delivered under the Government’s new PF2 private finance route. Procured as part of the Priority School Building Programme, the batch consists of six secondary schools and six primary schools and will secure hundreds of construction jobs across the North east of England.


The construction programme will provide new, purpose built facilities to educate more than 8,350 pupils across the region.


Miller will be responsible for the design and construction of the schools as well as the provision of maintenance and lifecycle services over 25 years. The firm will also be lead private equity investment partner.


EFA, Miller Construction and the schools will now engage in a six month detailed design stage through to financial close at the end of 2014, with construction starting on sites soon after. All schools included in this batch are due to be completed by August 2016.


Chris Webster, Chief Executive, Miller Construction, said:  “We are delighted to have been appointed as selected bidder for this batch of schools across the North East.


“We now look forward to working closely with the schools to finalise the designs so we can start to deliver these class leading facilities that will benefit staff, pupils and communities for many years to come,” he added.


The secondary schools included in this batch are: Bedlingtonshire Community High School, Northumberland; The Duchess’s Community High School, Northumberland; Laurence Jackson School, Redcar and Cleveland; Longbenton Community College, North Tyneside; Hetton School, Sunderland and Seaham School of Technology, County Durham.


The primary schools included in the batch are: Front Street Primary School, Gateshead; Hylton Castle Primary School, Sunderland; Lingey House Primary School, Gateshead; Mandale Mill Primary School, Stockton on Tees; Roman Road Primary School, Gateshead and Shiney Row Primary School, Sunderland.