BAM will work with consortium of over 30 firms to finance, design and build new schools

Contractor BAM has been selected as preferred bidder for the £600m Somerset Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

The project will start with the £100m rebuilding of Bridgewater’s four secondary and two special schools. BAM will work with a consortium of over 30 firms to finance, design and build the new schools, install their IT systems, and operate and maintain them.

The work will start with Chilton Trinity Technology College, and Robert Blake Science College alongside Elmwood School. BAM will at the same time start consultation and planning work to design East Bridgwater Community School, and Haygrove School alongside Penrose School.

Robert Young, director of BAM PPP, said BAM was “thoroughly delighted” to be appointed. He said: “We look forward to working with the Council, schools, communities and other stakeholders in Bridgwater, and thereafter across Somerset, to make the Somerset BSF Programme a huge success for all concerned.”

Julia Ridge, Somerset BSF programme director, said: “We are delighted to have a partner of such calibre to create first class, state of the art schools for Bridgewater.”