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Government Promises £6bn to Improve School Buildings

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The plans include the second phase of the Priority School Building Programme which will see an additional £2 billion spent on rebuilding and refurbishing schools.

The second phase will result in 277 schools being rebuilt or refurbished as well as the 260 already being aided by the funding scheme; taking the total number of English schools benefitting from the programme to 537.

In a statement, the Government said: “Thanks to the Priority School Building Programme, school buildings are being rebuilt faster and cheaper than those built under the previous school building initiative – Building Schools for the Future (BSF).

“Under the BSF it took three years for construction work to begin. This was slashed to one year for the Priority School Building Programme, with projects costing around a third less.”

Aside from the £2 billion for the second phase of the Priority School Building Programme, a further £4 billion will also be handed out to schools and local authorities between 2015 and 2018 to improve the condition of existing schools.

Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, added: “Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this funding.

“Children can’t learn and teachers can’t teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs.”

As the UK’s roof light pioneers, Sunsquare is increasingly becoming the go-to firm to design and manufacture stylish, energy efficient skylights for local authorities across the country.

In 2014, Sunsquare completed work on Abbots Green School in Suffolk, St Mary’s College in Hampstead, Poole Grammar School in Dorset and Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design in London; proving that its BSI-accredited in-house design and manufacturing facility is proving to be a trusted source of supply to County Councils.

Justin Seldis, managing director, Sunsquare, said: “We are very privileged to have been chosen by the BSI as a trusted and supported company.

“With the world’s leading standards company endorsing our entire product range it provides the perfect foundation to do business with local authorities looking to improve the environment of their schools, colleges and public buildings.”

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