Skanska RM Chosen For Essex BSF Programme

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL has chosen Skanska RM, a Swedish company that can trace its roots back to 1887, as its preferred bidder for the Essex BSF programme.

The Essex Building Schools For The Future (BSF) programme is one of the largest in the country, with the first phase alone worth in the region of £150 million.

Work on the first schools in the programme (The Cornelius Vermuyden School and Arts College on Canvey Island, Castle View School on Canvey Island, Pioneer School in Basildon and Columbus School and College in Chelmsford) is due to be completed by January 2012.

Not only will the school buildings themselves be transformed, BSF will also bring considerable investment in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), creating 24-hour learning environments for pupils.

Councillor Stephen Castle, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We are delighted to be working with Skanska RM on this exciting project. BSF will bring substantial investment to Essex, enabling us to build world class facilities that will transform education and the way it is delivered.”

Councillor Derrick Louis, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Central Services, commented: “Skanska RM has successfully demonstrated they can meet the very high standards we have set for our preferred bidder. Under the partnership we will create state of the art facilities that will inspire generations of learners to come.”

Steve Cooper, Development Director, Education, for Skanska RM, said: “Everyone at Skanska RM is delighted with this announcement, now the hard work begins and we look forward to a long-term partnership with Essex County Council to deliver the schools for the future.”