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01 December 2006

Mott MacDonald on winning consortium for Leeds's £220m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme

Mott MacDonald, engineering and management development consultancy, is part of the winning consortium selected as proposed Preferred Bidder by Leeds City Council for the £220 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme.

This BSF scheme is to build some of the country's best learning facilities for the young people of Leeds. Under the proposal, Environments for Learning (E4L) consortium - comprising Interserve, Barclays Private Equity and Mott MacDonald - will form a partnership with Leeds City Council, Education Leeds and Partnerships for Schools to design and create 14 state-of-the-art secondary school learning facilities across the city. The E4L consortium was chosen for its approach and designs, which demonstrated an understanding of educational and community needs, a commitment to continuous improvement and value for money.

Mott MacDonald's role includes, via its education consultancy arm Cambridge Education, providing an education led approach to the design proposals for the schools. The Cambridge Education team led by Marie Boyd-Clarke, will continue to work closely with the Council, Education Leeds and schools to ensure there is sufficient flexibility in the design of schools and ICT to meet the needs of future learners and support the on-going transformation of education in the City.

Mott MacDonald is also responsible for the engineering design of the new facilities, working alongside Architects Watkins Gray, Faulkner Brown, GHM Rock Townsend and Sarah Wigglesworth.

Andy Thomas, Mott MacDonald's project design leader said, "We are delighted to be part of the consortium for this exciting project for the young people of Leeds. Mott MacDonald has a wealth of experience in delivering large development programmes such as BSF and we aim to support Leeds City Council in delivering excellent educational facilities at best value that will meet the needs of our future generations."

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to select such a strong, creative and flexible partner for the BSF programme. “E4L understand our priorities and their innovative, flexible designs will provide an excellent platform to transform secondary learning in Leeds. “We have attracted over £450m of investment in our school buildings, and we will continue to look for any ways to create brilliant learning places where all our children and young people can achieve brilliant outcomes.”


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