The Local Education Partnership (LEP) comprising Durham County Council, Building Schools for the Future Investments LLP (BSFI) and Carillion, will deliver over 40 schools in four waves over the 10-year contract period.
The first wave of nine schools, which comprises seven secondary schools, one special educational needs (SEN) school and one primary school, has a combined capital cost of approximately ВЈ110m and will be completed by September 2012.
Three schools in the first wave will be privately financed by a combination of borrowing and equity. Barclays and Nationwide will each provide ВЈ26.5mn of the ВЈ53m of debt finance required. The LEP shareholders will invest ВЈ5.8m of equity in the project, of which CarillionвЂ™s share will be ВЈ4.6m. The firm will also provide facilities management services for the three privately financed schools, worth approximately ВЈ25m over the 25-year concession period.ADVERTISEMENT
The three subsequent waves of the Durham BSF programme will deliver the remaining schools with an estimated capital cost of ВЈ390m.
Carillion chief executive, John McDonough, said: вЂњThe major investment being made in Durham will provide the County with over 40 outstanding new schools. We look forward to working closely with Durham County Council, its head teachers and their staff, to provide the facilities they need to deliver a first class learning experience for students.вЂќ
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