Schools regeneration contract awarded

Balfour Beatty has been awarded the initial scheme of the £95 million Hartlepool Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme by Hartlepool Borough Council.

The Hartlepool BSF programme involves the rebuilding and replacement of six schools over the next five years. Construction of the initial sample school, Dyke House Sports and Technology College, will begin this summer with completion by Christmas 2011.

Commenting today, Balfour Beatty chief executive, Ian Tyler, said: ‘We have made a commitment to regenerate and sustain the local economy as part of our contract and we look forward to delivering these commitments throughout the construction period.’

The other schemes within the Hartlepool BSF programme include building, refurbishing or remodelling Catcote Business and Enterprise College (SEN), Manor College of Technology, High Tunstall College of Science, plus English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College with a new pupil referral unit.

According to a statement, Balfour Beatty’s commitment to developing local supply chains and apprenticeships as part of the contract was a determining factor in the award and forms part of Balfour Beatty’s sustainability vision.