Addleshaws goes back to school with phase three of Bradford refurb

Addleshaw Goddard has been reappointed by Bradford Council to advise on phase three of the £400m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.

The deal is being led by partner Richard Fleetwood in Manchester and involves the refurbishment of 15 ­secondary schools and information and communication technology work.

DLA Piper partner Nick Helm is advising the sponsor, a joint venture between Amey and Costain.

The news comes after The Lawyer reported (22 June) that Addleshaws had been reappointed to the legal ­roster of Partnerships for Schools (PfS), the public body charged with overseeing the BSF programme.

Addleshaws’ BSF practice has been historically split between the North and South, with Leeds and ­Manchester focused on ­public sector clients and London on the private ­sector.

Fleetwood said the new panel, which has been expanded from 12 to 17 firms, means there will be more competition for work, so Addleshaws is trying to win more private sector clients.

“There was [initially] nervousness among PfS about firms being on both sides of the fence,” he said. “As the market has matured the commercial sensitivity has become much lower. The PfS panel has more firms on it and we’re looking to be involved in as many schemes as possible – it ­balances our books.”

The Manchester office recently won a contract advising bidder Eric Wright Group on the Blackpool BSF.