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Construction deal for academies

PUBLISHED: 16:15 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:58 25 August 2010

TWO academies moved a step closer to fruition with the announcement of a preferred bidder.

TWO academies moved a step closer to fruition with the announcement of a preferred bidder.

Bexley council has chosen Dartford-based builder Willmott Dixon to construct Falconwood Academy and Crayford Academy in a deal worth £55 million.

Cabinet member for schools, adult education and youth services, Simon Windle, said: "Working together with the academy sponsors, we have secured government funding to provide two brand new secondary establishments and have now appointed an excellent contractor to deliver them."

Both academies are subject to planning approval and final agreement on designs and costs.

Construction is due to start in September 2010, with the project hoped to be completed by September 2011.

Mr Windle added: "This is a huge step in the process that will see education in Bexley revitalised."

Barnes Cray Primary School will become part of Crayford Academy in September, making it the first academy in the country where the primary phase opens before the secondary.

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