The financial close gives the go-ahead to Sir Robert McAlpine, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Robertson Capital Projects to start work on four city schools. They are the partners of the local education partnership Aura Newcastle.
Financial close on the other four schools making up the second phase is expected later this year.
All eight schools are due to open their doors by the end of 2012, bringing the total number of BSF schools in Newcastle to 16.
вЂњThe second phase of our BSF programme will transform a further eight secondary and specialist schools across the city,вЂќ said Kirsty Thirlwell, Aura NewcastleвЂ™s chief executive.ADVERTISEMENT
вЂњThis builds on the success of the programmeвЂ™s first phase, which has already delivered eight schools in the city.вЂќ
The four schools are Gosforth High School, the largest in the second phase with nearly 1,800 pupils, St CuthbertвЂ™s RC School and special schools, Trinity Dene View and Trinity Oakfield.
Aura is delivering and part-funding the Newcastle BSF programme. It is also designing, building and maintaining the schools and has already delivered more new BSF schools across the country than any other local education partnership.
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