A new primary school could be built for the cost of bidding for a BSF contract, according to the head of education at BAM Construction, one of the UK's largest school contractors.
Education Secretary Michael Gove confirmed yesterday that the £55bn Building Schools for the Future programme would be scrapped, criticising the scheme for being “inflexible” and “needlessly complex”.
Chris Gilmour, design director of BAM Construction, agreed that the bidding process for BSF could be more straightforward.
“Savings could be made by simplifying the BSF procurement system, focusing on high quality, standardised school designs and refurbishment rather than new build for some of the schools,” he said. “For example, you could build a primary school for the price of what it currently costs to bid successfully for a BSF.
“The Government should aim to keep the benefits of local regeneration, employment and skills opportunities from the BSF programme.”