Hackney council awards its £167m BSF programme to Mounchel Parkman consortium, beating Bouygues

Mouchel Parkman Babcock Education (mpb) has been named preferred bidder in Hackney’s Building Schools for the Future programme, beating competition from Bouygues Partnership for Education and Community.

The council said the consortium was “most able” to realise Hackney’s vision for the £167m BSF scheme, which will see six secondary schools and four special needs schools rebuilt or remodelled.

The council is likely to use a mixture of PFI and traditional contracts to deliver the programme. Financial close is expected by spring next year and construction is likely to start shortly after that.

Bid director at mpb Simon Treglown said the consortium was delighted with the decision, which signals its first successful bid for a BSF scheme.

He said: “We look forward to working with the schools, the Council and the Learning Trust to design and build schools which will better places for Hackney children to learn in and in which to achieve their aspirations.”

Cabinet member for Children’s Services at the council, Rita Krishna, said: “The selection of mpb signals the start of a new era in education for children in Hackney.

“mpb shares our vision for all children, as articulated in Every Child Matters, to be healthy, safe, to enjoy and achieve, to make a positive contribution and to achieve economic wellbeing.”