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CPMG and Space among priority school first wave winners

The architects chosen for the first phase of the government’s £2.4 billion priority schools building programme (PSBP) have been announced

The 15 projects in Coventry, Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East will create places for 9,000 pupils.

CPMG is designing six schools in Coventry as part of a £36 million construction contract awarded to Wates Construction.

The schools are Whitmore Park Primary, St Thomas More Catholic Primary, Wyken Croft Primary, Richard Lee Primary, Ernesford Grange, Community and Alice Stevens Special School.

More than 260 schools are planned under the priority schools building programme. The project aims to shave £6 million off projects by making buildings 15 per cent smaller.

CPMG’s £10 million Campsmount Technology College in Doncaster was the first school to be completed under the government’s streamlined procurement process.

Phil Harrison of Wates said: ‘This programme of works calls for a great deal of efficiency without a compromise on quality and our extensive expertise in producing innovative solutions in order to create outstanding education facilities places us as a trusted partner to the EFA.’

Space, Cube andPearce Bottomley are meanwhile designing nine schools for Sir Robert McAlpine in Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East.

The schools are Durham’s Trinity School and Sports College, West Cornforth Primary School and King James I Academy; the Hill Top Specialist Arts College in Gateshead; Sheffield’s Fox Hill Primary School and Prince Edward Primary School; the Ian Ramsey Church of England School in Stockton-On-Tees; Sunderland’s Usworth Grange Primary School; and Goole High School in East Riding, Yorkshire.

Boyd McFee of Sir Robert McAlpine said: We have been working with a strong team of designers and supply chain partners for more than a year to develop our approach in readiness for the PSBP and look forward to partnering with the Education Funding Agency in the delivery of these important schools.”

Schools minister David Laws said: ‘We are delighted to confirm the first two contractors who will work with us on our £2.4 billion Priority School Building Programme. This programme will provide new or refurbished school buildings for the children being educated in those schools that are in the very worst condition.’

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