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National Audit Office salutes HLM's PFI college scheme

The National Audit Office has applauded the Joint Services Command and Staff College designed by HLM Architects for the Ministry of Defence. The government's spending watchdog told Parliament that the PFI deal had provided 'good value for money' and a 'valuable lesson'.

The PFI deal was worth £200 million - of which the building value was £40 million. However, this was still £23 million cheaper than the public sector capital option.

The NAO praised the level of cooperation between the three armed services, although management of the contract was highlighted as an area in need of improvement.

The MoD was praised for the flexibility of the final contract that was negotiated and the improvement in the relationship between the MoD and the contractor.

Sir John Bourn, head of the NAO, said: 'The college is at the forefront of good practice in its methods. . . with a strategy that will be of interest to other public sector training bodies.'

The Wiltshire college has already attracted praise from the Concrete Society at its Awards for Outstanding Structures 2001-02 (AJ 25.10.01).

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