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New-era trail-blazers

There are 25 PFIs or Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to build andor manage new school facilities across the country. The contract for Colfox School in Bridport, Dorset, was one of the first to be signed in November 1997, but it wasn't the first to be finished. That honour went to Victoria Dock primary school at Kingston upon Hull, where the deal was done in July 1998 and the first phase of the school opened in January 1999. Colfox opened in the September.

The previous year saw a rush of contracts, from Enfield's Highlands to an ICT network covering the whole of Dudley.

Completed contracts

Dorset Replacement of Colfox secondary school, Bridport (contract signed Nov 1997 - completed Sept 1999) Kingston upon Hull New primary school (July 1998 - Jan 1999) Enfield New secondary school (Mar 1999 - Sept 2000) Dudley Networked ICT system for 100-plus schools (Jan 1999 - implemented over six months) Waltham Forest Music centre and recording studios at Heathcote School, Chingford (Nov1997 - Feb1998)

Kent Weald Grammar School for Girls. Library extension and new technology room (June 1998 - Sept 1998 Sept 1999) Hillingdon New secondary school (Nov 1998 - Sept2000) Lewisham Catering services for nearly 100 schools and meals on wheels (Feb 1999 - immediate implementation

Portsmouth Newsecondary school(Mar 1999 - Sept 2000) Leeds Rebuild Cardinal Heenan secondary school (June 1999 - Sept 2000) Tower Hamlets Rebuil Culloden Primary School (Oct 1999 - July 2000) West Sussex ICT facilities at Littlehampton Community School (Mar 2000 - Oct 2000) Projects underway

Birmingham Grouped schools rebuild project (Contracts signed February 2000 - due for completion September 2001) Cambridgeshire Rebuild Foxton Primary School (Mar 2000 - Aug 2001) East Sussex New secondary school, three replacement primary schools and additional nursery facilities at a fourth primary (Mar 2000 - Sept 2001) Essex New secondary school in Loughton (Mar 2000 - Sept 2001)

Manchester Rebuild Temple primary school (Mar 2000 - Jan 2001) Sheffield Grouped projects to rebuild four secondary and two primary schools (Mar 2000 - Sept 2001) Staffordshire Rebuild Sir Graham Balfour secondary and Cooper Perry primary schools (Mar 2000 - Sept 2001) Torbay Rebuild Westlands Bilateral and Homelands primary schools (Mar 2000 - Sept 2001) Waltham Forest New secondary school(Mar 2000 - Sept 2001)

Kent New sports facilities at Canterbury high school (June 2000 - June 2001).

Stoke Repair and refurbish all 120 maintained schools in Stoke on Trent (October 26 2000 - Jan 2002) Wiltshire New school in Chippenham, the extension and refurbishment of Wootton Bassett school and the extension and consolidation on a single site of Malmesbury school (October 27 2000 - March 2002) Haringey New secondary and refurbishment of eight existing secondaries (Oct 2000 - Sept 2001).

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