Builder and developer Seddon has been appointed to a £875 million framework to build and refurbish schools across the West Midlands.
The company, with offices in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham, will have the opportunity to bid for projects from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) which could be worth around £10million per annum over the next four years.
Seddon has completed a number of flagship school projects in the region, including building three new schools in Burton-on-Trent on behalf of Staffordshire County Council.
The company is one of seven to be appointed to the regional framework, as the Government body looks to deliver this major investment programme and in doing so spread work "more fairly” between national firms and regional SMEs.
Put out for tender in October, the framework will be used by the EFA, Academy Trusts and local authorities to select construction partners for the delivery of capital building projects.
David Belshaw, Head of Strategic Projects at Seddon, said: "We have completed education projects over many years and faced stiff competition, naturally we are delighted to have been chosen for this framework on the merit of the work we have already carried out in the region.”
The company’s Midlands portfolio of school projects includes the recently completed Scientia Academy, St Modwen’s Primary School, and Christ Church Infants' School. All three were constructed as part of Staffordshire County Council’s plans to create an extra 1,000 school places in Burton over the next decade.
"We have built a strong reputation in the region for delivering modern new learning environments for both teachers and students,” added Belshaw.
"This framework win will allow us to reinforce our significant foundations for the company’s future in the Midlands.”