Dickinson Dees earns Newham LEA contract

Newcastle giant Dickinson Dees has fought off competition from major national players to win a £180m contract to advise Newham Local Education Authority (LEA) on its Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Dickinson Dees bid against five other firms, including DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, for the contract. The tender process was open to the 12 firms on the panel for Partnerships for Schools, the body overseeing BSF, and to other invited firms.

BSF aims to make sure all secondary schools have 21st century facilities, and the Newham contract is Dickinson Dees’ second BSF win. The firm is also advising Newcastle’s LEA on a similar project and hopes to build up its practice in the area in both the public and private sectors.

The projects team works with public sector organisations throughout the UK, and education work includes advising Darlington Borough Council on building the UK’s first ‘Education Village’.

The project in East London borough Newham is one of the first wave of 16 BSF projects. Projects partner Iain Greenshields is leading the Dickinson Dees team. He commented: “This is the second BSF project we’ve won and we hope to win more in the future.”