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Friday, September 09, 2005

9th September 2005

Consultants, suppliers and contractors from across the Midlands could put themselves on the inside track when bidding for projects to design, build and refurbish the outdated infrastructure of many of the region's schools and colleges. The Building Schools for the Future: Complete Guide to Participation conference has been expressly designed to provide information and advice on the bidding process, as well as a genuine insight into the specific requirements of the local market. The event, which is hosted by national commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, will take place between 12.00 noon and 3.00 pm on 22nd September at Nine Brindleyplace, Oozells Square, Birmingham.

Over the next 10 to 15 years, the Government plans to spend £2.1b per annum on upgrading the infrastructure of the UK's secondary schools. Over half of the schools involved are likely to be new build projects, with the remainder undergoing extensive refurbishment. Birmingham forms part of the second wave of projects in an extensive programme which addresses all areas of the country in order of the severity of the existing problem.

This conference will provide information/on the structure of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Project arrangements, looking at legal frameworks and the various contractual relationships, the funding aspects for consortia and those involved in the supply chain and project management of bids. An educationalist will add information for potential bidders about the issues they will need to address to interface successfully with the schools' teachers and head. In addition, a local authority representative will explain Government plans for the BSF project in Birmingham and the factors that are important for bidders to.

Speakers will include Peter Watson (Procurement Group Manager, Birmingham City Council), Ken Gill (Director of Project Management, Cyril Sweett), Paul Rowan (Director, David Wylde Project Finance) and Marcus Orlovsky (Director, Bryanston Square) and experts from Beachcroft Wansbroughs' BSF team of lawyers.

Commenting on the event, Frank Suttie, Partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs and national specialist adviser on the BSF programme, said: "We are trying to give local companies a
real insight into how to become involved in these projects, whether or not it makes economic sense and what the potential pitfalls are. With such a huge programme of work scheduled for implementation over the next decade or so, involvement in these projects could have a huge commercial impact on contractors, suppliers and consultants alike.

"This is a chance to access practical hands-on advice and a much clearer understanding of how to manage the bid process and what the future funding issues may be. And it's all information which is totally up to date and specifically relevant to this local market."

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has been appointed to the Partnerships for Schools Panel accredited to deliver legal services in support of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme and is advising first and second wave authorities in the initiative. The Birmingham conference is part of a national roll-out of similar events hosted by the firm in Bristol, Leeds, London and Manchester.

For further information on the day's agenda or to reserve a place at the conference, please contact Louise Blythman on 0117 918 2578.


For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty, Bell Pottinger
Tel: 01625 506411
Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1220 employees including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, Manchester and Winchester.

Committed to service excellence, its unique and innovative proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is also the largest law firm in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

A prominent player in the financial services, health and public sectors, it provides increasingly comprehensive services in employment, construction, property and technology. It was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards.


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