A further six schemes have been added to the Building Schools for the Future programme, and together they will receive £418m of Government investment.
The six local authorities who have joined BSF are: Buckinghamshire (worth £80m); Cornwall (£69m); Gateshead (£80m); Lincolnshire (£70m); Oxfordshire (£62m); and Sutton (£56m).
The councils will start work on the projects from summer 2010, with capital investment for the construction work likely to be released by 2012 or 2013.
Five of the six areas announced today are new to BSF, with Gateshead a repeat local authority which is working alongside South Tyneside to regenerate schools across the two areas.
Partnerships for Schools chief executive Tim Byles said: “With over 130,000 pupils and 12,000 teachers already benefitting from BSF investment the length and breadth of the country, today’ s announcement will ensure that even more young people and staff are given the schools that they deserve over the coming years.
“As well as delivering the new schools and facilities that local communities need, BSF is also welcome news for local employment, supporting tens of thousands of jobs on the ground in the construction and related industries.
“With over two thirds of all local authorities engaged in the BSF, we look forward to working with this latest cohort of local authorities to help deliver schools fit for the 21st century, and to ensure that taxpayers get maximum value from every education pound spent.”
Today’s announcement brings the total number of local authorities in England engaged in BSF to 101.
A total of 50 BSF deals have now reached financial close, with 20 of them – worth nearly £2.5bn – signed since April 2009.