Bam Construct UK has beaten Bouygues to clinch the £250m Camden Building Schools for the Future job in London

A decision was taken last week and the appointment of the Dutch-owned contractor was expected to be formalised this week.

Work on the £250m programme is expected to start in September 2010 with the construction of an academy at Swiss Cottage.

Bam UK and Bouygues both declined to comment.

A statement from Camden council said: “The council has now finished appraising the two bids for its BSF programme and a recommendation has been made to appoint Bam PPP UK as its preferred bidder.”

A source close to the bid said they still expected the scheme to go ahead despite the change of government.