Birmingham City Council has chosen Catalyst Education, a branch of Lend Lease, for its £2.4bn ‘Building Schools for the Future’ initiative to re-build or refurbish 89 of its secondary schools by 2024.

The Birmingham contract is the biggest in the country.

Council leader, councillor Mike Whitby said: ‘We are now in a position to launch the biggest transformation of secondary schools anywhere in the country.

‘The scale of this is huge – over the next 15 years we will rebuild or refurbish every secondary in this city into modern, state-of-the-art centres equipped to deliver a 21st century education for our young people.’

Gary Taylor, chief operating officer of Catalyst Lend Lease, said the project was vital. The first phase of redevelopment is due to start in April.