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Miller closes on two more Leicester schools

18 Apr 12 The Leicester Miller Education Company (LMEC) has reached financial close on two more schools in the Leicester Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, totalling £45m.

Pupils celebrate the start of construction
Pupils celebrate the start of construction

LMEC is a partnership between Miller Construction, Leicester City Council, Semperian, G4S and investment fund Building Schools for the Future Investments (BSFi). The consortium will fund and manage the development of the new facilities at City of Leicester College and Crown Hills Community College. 

On completion in autumn 2013, LMEC will take responsibility for the management and maintenance of both schools on behalf of Leicester City Council for 25 years.

Miller Construction has been appointed as main contractor for the design and build of both schools, while G4S will provide facilities management services.

Miller Construction chief executive Chris Webster said: “It has been a challenge to get these projects over the line in what is currently a very difficult economic environment. It is testament to the strength of the partnership between Leicester City Council and LMEC that we have been able to achieve this. I am delighted we have reached financial close on both of these projects and can now focus on further strengthening our partnership with Leicester City Council and ensure the successful delivery of these two schools.”

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LMEC has also signed contracts with Leicester City Council and Northgate Information Solutions to provide £3.2m worth of ICT services to both schools.

City of Leicester College and Crown Hills Community College are the sixth and seventh schools to be delivered by LMEC through the Leicester BSF programme, bringing the total construction value of contracts signed to more than £125m.

LMEC has also started design and development work with Miller Construction and Leicester City Council on the remaining 16 schools in the Leicester BSF programme. With a combined value of more than £120m, these projects are expected to reach contract closure in late 2012 and early 2013.

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