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Wates reaches closure on first priority school

3 May 13 The Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Wates Construction have reached financial close on the first school to be delivered under the £2.4bn capitally funded priority schools building programme.

The move has seen the exchange of contracts for the construction of a new £4.89m building for Whitmore Park on Halford Lane. Construction on the 3,336m2 primary school, which has been designed by CPMG Architects, is scheduled to begin in June this year.

The project forms part of the first batch of priority schools in the Midlands, the £36m contract for which was awarded to Wates Construction by the Department for Education (DfE) in January this year.

The programme will include the rebuild of four primary schools, one secondary school and a specialist educational needs school.

Phil Harrison, managing director for Wates Construction, Midlands & North, said: “We are delighted to have reached such a pivotal point in the delivery of the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme. The past few months have been spent in close consultation with the EFA to develop the designs for the new facilities and establish the most cost efficient means to delivering these urgently needed school buildings. We are looking forward to commencing construction in June.”

The Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) was launched in July 2011 and has been centrally procured by the EFA on behalf of the Department for Education. In total, 261 of the UK’s schools will be rebuilt or renovated under the programme.

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