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Doubts raised over PFI dependency as Blair opens Bexley Academy

Foster and Partners' Bexley Business Academy opened last week with an official launch by Tony Blair, as the debate on the government's procurement strategies for school buildings rages on. Bexley is the latest in a serious of city academies from designers including Richard Rogers Partnership, Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects and Aedas. Twelve have opened, a further 25 are at planning stage, with at least 50 in total envisaged within the next four years.

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