Kier deal re-tendered after school collapse

Telford and Wrekin council has decided to re-tender the remaining schemes on its £200m school building programme after the canopy collapse at Abraham Darby Academy in Telford.
Kier was chosen as preferred bidder for the BSF programme in 2009 but the deal expires at the end of the year, and the council will re-tender the remaining projects through the Government’s academies framework.
The decision means Kier Moss could lose out on work worth £80m, but are invited to tender for the remaining academies.
A council spokeswoman said, “We are re-tendering for the last phase of our BSF programme because the initial framework expires on December 31st and we have to re-tender under the rules of the programme as set by Partnership for Schools.”
Telford and Wrekin is currently re-engineering its school building programme to achieve better value for money with the focus on rebuilds rather than remodelling.

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