Catalyst Education Consortium (Redstone Converged Solutions, Bovis Lend
Lease and Capita) confirmed as preferred bidder
March 21, 2006 - Redstone plc today announced that the Catalyst Education
Consortium comprising Redstone Converged Solutions, Bovis Lend Lease and
Capita Symonds, has been confirmed as the preferred bidder for Lancashire
County Council's Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF).
Redstone Converged Solutions will provide a state of the art, fully
integrated Information Communications Technology and e-learning
infrastructure to Lancashire's BSF schools. This solution will be a key
enabler supporting Lancashire County Council's transformational education
programme for Burnley and Pendle and will be underpinned through the
appropriate levels of training and change management support to embed the
ICT solution within the new schools. The solution will be supported by a
seven year managed service.
The £250m Lancashire BSF projects will be the largest single investment ever
to be made in Burnley and Pendle's education system. It is proposed that
work on the new facilities will begin in autumn this year with the schools
opening their doors in September 2008. Building on the next phase of
schools will start in autumn 2007 and the final phase in 2008.
Lancashire County Councillor, Alan Whittaker, Cabinet Member for Education,
said, "I am delighted to say that the bids we received for the Burnley and
Pendle project were all very high quality, but the one from Catalyst really
did stand out. I am very excited by the new learning opportunities that
these schools will provide and the way that new technology will link the
schools together to further benefit the pupils, parents and wider
Martin Balaam, chief executive officer, Redstone Converged Solutions
commented, "I am delighted that Redstone is involved in this historic
project which demonstrates Redstone's ability to develop innovative IT and
communications solutions and its ability to work in long term partnership
with its customers".
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Notes to Editors
Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is the largest single schools capital
investment programme for over 50 years. The aim is to rebuild or renew
every one of England's 3,500 state secondary schools during the 15-year
lifetime of the £40 billion programme.
Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is the delivery agency for Building Schools
for the Future. It was established in April 2004 as a Non-Departmental
Public Body (NDPB), and is operated and funded under a joint venture between
DfES and Partnerships UK.
About Redstone Converged Solutions
Redstone Converged Solutions is a leading provider of converged IP
solutions, with expertise in contact centres, voice and video, IP networks,
Intelligent Building (OneNET) and security. It is a division of Redstone
plc, which has 350 staff, a turnover in excess of £70 million, offices
throughout the UK and Ireland and is committed to becoming a leading
provider of telecoms and IT solutions for business and public sector
Redstone Converged Solutions brings together the combined knowledge and
experience of Xpert Communications and Redstone's Solutions businesses and
has numerous accreditations including Avaya platinum, BT premier, Cisco
gold, Microsoft gold and Mitel platinum among others. Redstone Converged
Solutions takes pride in providing leading edge, innovative solutions to
businesses and organisations in the health, education, local government,
retail and finance sectors. With over 10 years of expertise in the fields
of voice ad data, Redstone represents a unique proposition in the
convergence market - Redstone understands telecoms and ICT.
Its mission is simple, to provide secure, resilient, future-proof IP
networks and innovative, integrated IP communications solutions and services
which enable our customers to become leaders in their marketplace.
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