First phase of £400m schools programme will be designed by Anshen Dyer and architecture plb

Architects Anshen Dyer and architecture plb have been selected to draw up designs for the first wave of a 10-year, £400m Building Schools for the Future programme in Bradford.

The Integrated Bradford consortium also includes Costain, Amey's Spanish parent Ferrovial Agroman, HSBC Infrastructure Fund Management and Sun Microsystems.

The two practices beat other shortlisted architects, including BDP and Watkins Gray, to land the job.

Work will begin immediately on phase one with three schools in Buttershaw, Salt and Tong. Anshen Dyer will design two of the schools and architecture plb the other.

The scheme was designed through the Education Design Network - a group of architectural practices that have come together to win Building Schools for the Future work. Other members of EDN are: Edward Cullinan Architects, Haverstock Associates and Perkins Ogden Architects.