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Winners imminent for £7bn schools framework

The Department for Education is set to confirm contractors who have won places on its £7bn school building programme over the next four years.

The Enquirer understands a number of new names will be on the roster for the schools and further education colleges mega framework.

The tender race started back in January to become part of the latest panel of preferred contractors to refresh the current list of 33 incumbents.

Firms have been bidding for 22 lots. For high-value projects over £12m, England is being split again into north and south regional panels of building contractors.

Medium value projects between around £5m and £12m will be divided into eight regional lots and lower value schemes a dozen regional lots.

Winners are being given the good news now with an official announcement by the the government due within the days.

One bidder said: “It’s been a long drawn-out bidding process and a lot of work but it will be worth it because there’s a decent chunk of work in the pipeline.”

Mace names new industrial and nuclear sector chiefs

Mace has made two key senior appointments to lead business growth in nuclear and industrial markets.

Bryony Martin, previously with Aecom, joins Mace as the director for the UK’s central region and sector lead for industrial and manufacturing while Dave Weatherburn joins from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as business director for nuclear.

Martin has a strong track record in both the property and infrastructure sectors which will support Mace’s 2026 business strategy, growing the regional business across Consult sectors.

She will be responsible for leading Mace’s regional growth agenda, working alongside the businesses’ sectors and practice groups, along with being the sector lead for industrial and manufacturing.

Industrial and manufacturing has been identified as a growth sector for the business in the UK and Europe. Martin will build upon Mace’s manufacturing track record, with clients including Siemens, JLR and BMW, with a focus on electrification and the facilities needed to support growth.

With over 30 years of defence and nuclear experience and a background in mechanical engineering, Dave has delivered a number of major projects and programmes across the private and public sector, including within senior roles with the UK government and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

In his role, Weatherburn will work closely with existing Mace clients to build on the businesses’ current nuclear service offering.

With the nuclear team already successfully embedded within Sizewell C, Hinkley Point C, small modular reactor and wider decommissioning programmes, he will play an integral role in driving forward a more sustainable, resilient and connected world, helping further develop the businesses’ position within this important energy arena.

Jason Millett, CEO for Consultancy at Mace, said:“Together, both Bryony and Dave bring a wealth of experience to two fast-growing sectors within the business: industrial and manufacturing and nuclear.

“Their hires represent an exciting time for Mace’s Consult business as we work towards meeting the ambitious targets set out in the 2026 business strategy.”



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