Jestico + Whiles Architects and Avanti Architects have won the London Borough of Hackney’s £167 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) contract.
The two firms were part of a consortium led by private services company Mouchel Parkman, and will be responsible for rebuilding or refurbishing every secondary and special-needs school in the borough.
The scheme is part of the government’s wider £45 billion BSF initiative, in which all of England’s secondary schools will be brought up to 21st-century standards.
Hackney’s cabinet member for children's services, councillor Rita Krishna, said: ‘The selection of Mouchel Parkman signals the start of a new era in education for children in Hackney.
‘Mouchel Parkman shares our vision for all children, as articulated in Every Child Matters, to be healthy, safe, to enjoy and achieve, to make a positive contribution and to gain economic well-being. Mouchel Parkman puts this at the heart of the BSF programme.’
The BSF procurement process has come under fire in recent months, and is accused of wasting the price of a primary school at every bid process. It is common for each bidding consortium to spend millions of pounds in the hope of winning the contract.
Partnerships for Schools – the body responsible for the delivery of BSF – has now employed Pricewaterhouse Coopers to review the procurement process, the second such review in as many years.