Five Left In Race For Council Contract

Barking and Dagenham Council has whittled the list of firms competing for it’s £270m Building Schools for the Future down to five.
The council aims to transform teaching and learning through BSF in all of its secondary schools and Trinity Special School. These schools will benefit from major financial investment with extensive remodelling to the existing buildings and new build.

The aim is to select a strategic partner to enter into a BSF Local Education Partnership (LEP) and a partner to provide an Information Communications Technology (ICT) managed service to schools.

The local authority is using a split procurement process, where the LEP and ICT are procured separately. The contracts are worth £25million for ICT and up to £250million for construction.

Bidders who met the pre-qualifying criteria and have now entered into the next phase of dialogue with the local authority are as follows Bouygues UK (LEP); Laing O’Rourke (LEP); BT (ICT); Agilisys (ICT) and RM (ICT).

Pre-Qualification Questionnaires, which asks for details on the economic, financial standing and the ability and technical capacity of bidders, were received back in September. In the current phase of the procurement process, shortlisted bidders are asked to continue their dialogue with the local authority and schools to develop a greater understanding of how they would carry out the work on our schools.

Bidders will submit their final proposals based on the two sample schools, Dagenham Park Community School and The Sydney Russell School, in spring 2010. The sample schools will be the first to be transformed under BSF. The selected partners are expected to be confirmed in May 2010 and building work is likely to start in October 2010. Building work on each school will take a carefully phased approach. Under BSF no student shall be disadvantaged whilst building work is in progress.

Cllr Rocky Gill, cabinet member for education and children’s wellbeing said: “We are delighted to have such a strong shortlist to go forward to the next stage. The level of interest in the BSF programme for Barking and Dagenham is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in the exciting project that will transform education in the borough.

“Dialogue is well underway with the five bidders as they start to work with the sample schools. Our BSF programme is ambitious and achievable and we are looking for a partner to work alongside us to deliver £270million of investment in buildings and ICT. BSF is a long term programme of investment and change that will transform teaching and learning in the borough”.

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