Land Securities Trillium has been officially appointed for the first phase of the £600m Building Schools for the Future programme in Kent.

The scheme is the largest of its kind to reach financial close so far in the UK.

Land Securities Trillium will lead a consortium to rebuild or refurbish the first 10 secondary schools in Kent’s programme.

Kent’s overall programme is worth around £1.8bn over the next 10-15 years.

Ian Ellis, chief executive of Trillium, said: ‘The Kent BSF project is a transformational partnership which will benefit generations of students.’

The signing of the contract brings Trillium, Kent County Council, Building Schools for the Future Investments and Northgate Education into a Local Education Partnership (LEP).