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Kent schools £1.8bn BSF awarded to LST

21 December 2007

Kent County Council’s first BSF schools’ contract partner , Land Securities Trillium and Northgate Information Solutions, is Kent County Council’s preferred bidder to deliver the first phase of the £1.8bn Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

The announcement represents the launch of a new £600m public private partnership between KCC, Land Securities Trillium and Northgate Information Solutions and Partnerships for Schools (PfS) to refurbish or rebuild secondary schools and transform the delivery of education in the Gravesham, Swale and Thanet districts by 2014.
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Graham Badman, Managing Director of Children, Families and Education, said: “In partnership with Land Securities Trillium and Northgate Information Solutions, we aim to develop virtual and physical environments in which access to learning can occur anytime or anyplace and provide an education which is relevant to the needs of the contemporary learner as well as to the demands of the current and emerging economy. This is a once in a generation opportunity to invest in innovative solutions for future secondary school provision, challenging perceptions of what schools should offer and where they should be located. ”

KCC will now form a Local Education Partnership (LEP) with Land Trillium and Northgate Information Solutions and PfS which will be the body responsible for delivering the first phase of Kent’s ambitious BSF programme. The LEP will be a long-term partnership that undertakes to build or refurbish schools and maintain them properly over their lifetime.

Kent County Council intends to establish two more LEPs to transform secondary education in Kent’s remaining districts.

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