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Bouygues signs €120m in school PPPs

15 Dec 11 Bouygues Construction has signed a public-private partnership (PPP) contract covering the design, finance, construction and operation/maintenance of two high schools in Pont-à-Mousson, France.

The project is for the Lorraine Regional Council. The scheme is designed by architect Christian Laroche, has a works value of about €60m (£50.4m) and involves demolition and reconstruction by Pertuy Construction, a group subsidiary operating in Eastern France. The Hanzelet lycée, with a capacity of 1,000 pupils, will be completely demolished and rebuilt. For the Marquette lycée, two of its three buildings will be refurbished. One is listed as a historic building and its facades will therefore be preserved. The third building will be demolished and rebuilt. Special attention will be given to organising the work site so as not to interfere with school activities.

Works will begin in summer 2012 and will, at peak, mobilise 300 people. Delivery will be in three phases, between September 2013 and March 2016. Maintenance of the lycées, pupil accommodation and canteen areas will then be managed by Bouygues Construction subsidiary Exprimm in a contract worth €20m.

The announcement follows the signing of another PPP contract for two schools near Metz. This contract, worth €25m in works and €12m for operation/maintenance, was agreed between Pertuy Construction and the Moselle Regional Council. The new schools will operate using mixed energy including 70% renewable energy sources. The work will begin in summer 2012 and involve 180 people at its peak. The first school will be delivered in October 2013 and the second in April 2014.

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