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Carillion secures its first primary school contract under UK Government's new primary capital programme - 1/5/2009

Leading support services company, Carillion plc, has reached financial close on a contract for Nottingham City Council to provide one of the first Primary School's to be built under the UK Government's £7 billion Primary Capital Programme.

Nottingham City Council was selected as one of 23 pathfinder local authorities to work with the Department for Children, Schools and Families, ahead of the national roll-out of the UK Government's Primary Strategy for Change, the funding for which was announced on 12 November 2008.

The new £13 million Southwark Primary School will be built on the infant and nursery school site in Bulwell Lane, Old Basford. It will be a state-of-the-art exemplar primary school catering for 630 children aged 5 to 11 and 90 children aged 3 to 5. Construction work will begin in January 2009 and the new school will open in March 2010.

The new school is being procured through the Local Education Partnership (LEP), 'inspiredspaces limited', comprising Nottingham City Council, Carillion plc and Partnerships for Schools. Nottingham City Council and Partnerships for Schools each provide 10% of the equity in the LEP, with Carillion plc providing the remaining 80%.

The LEP was established in June 2008 to provide 8 new and refurbished secondary schools for Nottingham City Council, under a £208 million contract for the first-phase of Nottingham City Council's BSF programme, part of the UK Government's £45 billion BSF investment programme for secondary schools. .

Carillion chief executive, John McDonough, said: 'We are delighted to have been selected for this pathfinder project under the Government's Primary Capital Programme, which is leading the way in providing first-class facilities for Primary Education in Nottingham. As a market leader in delivering secondary schools under the Building Schools for the Future programme, education is already a strong growth area for Carillion. We look forward to building on the strong relationship we have already established with Nottingham City Council to support the delivery of its vision for sustainable, state-of-the-art, community focused schools.'

For further information contact

John Denning, Director Group Corporate Affairs, Carillion plc 01902 316426

Notes to editors

Carillion is one of the UK's leading support services, Public Private Partnership project and construction companies. The Group has annual revenue of around £5 billion, employs some 50,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East, Canada and the Caribbean.

In the UK, Carillion's principal market sectors are Defence, Education, Health, Facilities Management & Services, Rail, Roads, Building, Civil Engineering and Utilities Services.

In the Middle East, Carillion's principal market sectors are Construction and Facilities Management. In Canada and the Caribbean, the Group's main sectors are Health, Roads Maintenance and Construction.

Carillion has a substantial portfolio of equity investments in Public Private Partnership projects, particularly in the Defence, Education, Health and Transport sectors.

In the inaugural Sunday Times Best Green Companies Awards in May 2008, Carillion secured first place in the category for large and medium-sized companies with high environmental impact and second place overall.