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School building improvements to take place

06/02/2013 Joanna
The government has allocated new funding for erecting new and renovating existing school buildings, which could benefit secondary and primary teachers working in them.

Sir Robert McAlpine has successfully bid for a £64 million contract as part of the Priority School Building Programme and will entirely rebuild or refurbish nine schools in Durham, Gateshead, Stockton-on-Tees, Sheffield, Sunderland and East Riding.

Furthermore, Wates Construction has been awarded a £36 million contract to build new premises at six schools in Coventry, with approximately 9,000 pupils in total set to gain from the school enhancements covered by the two contracts.

Schools minister David Laws commented: "This programme will provide new or refurbished school buildings for the children being educated in those schools that are in the very worst condition."

A total of £2.4 billion of funding is to be allocated via the Priority School Building Programme, with a further six capital funded batches yet to be awarded and a total of 261 schools to be renovated or rebuilt through this initiative

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