BAM has secured 103 projects for the Department for Education 89 are complete, 10 are in construction and 4 currently in pre-construction.

BAM have been on their four recent frameworks, beginning in 2009 with Partnerships for Schools, 2013 Contractors framework, 2014 Regional Framework and the current 2017 Construction Framework. During this time we have created in excess of 89,000 pupil places and 661,000m2 of education facilities.

Our track record of delivering education schemes was recognised in 2019 when we were awarded the title Education Contractor of the Year at the Education Estates Conference.


The DfE Construction Framework

The DfE Construction Framework is a four year framework run by the Department of Education. It started in September 2017 and is due to end in September 2021. Structured into three value bands, BAM is on the high value band for both the North and South, the framework allows the Department of Education to deliver facilities across England. 

Stone Lodge School, Dartford
BAM has secured 12 projects under the current 2017 framework, one of which is complete and 11 which are in pre-construction/construction, these include:


  • Avanti Fields
  • Castle Mead
  • Derby Cathedral School
  • New College Bradford
  • North Brent
  • Chorlton High School
  • Eden Boys Bradford
  • Heathside, Walton on Thames
  • Stone Lodge
  • Exmouth
  • Corby
  • Southam College

Ilfracombe Academy, Devon

BAM’s framework achievements 

We have a client satisfaction score of 95% and a defects score of 82.8% well above the 73% DfE requirements with all projects delivered under BIM level 2 and a design energy use average 64.68 KWhe/m2 which is below the DfE target of 71%.

UTC Media City, Salford


BAM regularly works with the DFE and other contractors on the framework, to drive best practice via lessons learnt. We engage in regular reporting and discussions on all subject to ensure we keep up to date with the latest Government requirements/drivers, industry change and issues such as COVID and Brexit. Examples of this include:


Procurement review

BAM provided feedback to the DfE in relation to the current procurement process. 

This has influenced the DfE to review the implementation of reducing contractor costs and reaching quicker contractor selection for the client under the DfE’s competitive process which will be introduced in the next generation framework being procured in 2021 cutting the ITT by three weeks.

The impact of climate change on schools 

BAM’s Design and sustainability teams, in-conjunction with the CIBSE school design group, carried out a study to examine how the predicted changes to our global climate will influence the overheating of schools in the future. This is because there is a risk that a warming climate will result in higher internal temperatures, leading to a rise in the demand for cooling and increased energy use and carbon emissions. The results were published in the CIBSE journal.

Sustainable schools event 

BAM attended the DfE Sustainable schools event held with stakeholders, DfE Consultants and Contractors for the latest DfE awarded contracts under the 2017 Construction framework allowing all parties to work in collaboration to  address Net Zero Carbon in school design and delivery. The outputs of this event will be co-ordinated with  the research and development DfE are currently providing as part of their Gen Zero designs to address climate change and the Government’s 2050 pledges on Net Zero. 


Laurus Didsbury School - Manchester