Consortium will begin construction at schools in Runcon and Widnes this month

A consortium of Galliford Try, Vinci Construction UK and Hochtief PPP has reached financial close on the £50m Halton Building Schools for the Future programme.

Under the contract the consortium will redevelop The Grange School in Runcorn and the Wade Deacon High School in Widnes. Work will commence this month with construction scheduled for completion by April 2013.

The Deacon High School project involves the construction of six sport halls and a 500 seat auditorium in one school building.

Once works are complete, The Grange School will amalgamate its nursery, infant, junior and high schools within one institution.  

Commenting on the deal Galliford Try chief executive Greg Fitzgerald said: “We are delighted to reach financial close as a construction and investment partner on this significant project which reinforces our strong reputation and market position in the education sector.”