New set-up will provide better value with school-building in Milton Keynes

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Planning bosses have agreed a new deal to make building work in Milton Keynes schools provide better value for money.

MK Council have signed up to two national procurement frameworks for the design and construction of new schools and other major construction projects.

Bosses will now work corroboratively with two construction partners - Kier Construction for works less than £2million, and Willmott Dixon for larger-scale works.

The frameworks will also boost the local economy by helping the council to deliver its commitment to offer apprenticeships, work experience and other opportunities to Milton Keynes residents.

Councillor Rob Middleton, cabinet member responsible for resources, said: “As a city, we are experiencing an increased and growing demand for pupil places. These new construction agreements will enable the council to build much-needed new schools, much more efficiently and at better value.

“The goal - every child having access to a good local school. At the same time, to encourage our local business community, smaller works will be openly tendered. I encourage local businesses to attend one of the council’s how-to procurement seminars, where you’ll learn how to successfully tender for this raft of new business.”

Peter Owen, managing director for Willmott Dixon Midlands, added: “I am extremely pleased to be able to continue the excellent working relationship we have with Milton Keynes Council and the consistent use of the Scape framework provides an opportunity for us to enhance the local supply chain and increase local spend whilst delivering first class buildings for our client.”