A construction firm has been selected from five companies which submitted intial bids to build two new primary schools in Newbury.
West Berkshire Council chose Kier Construction in Newbury to carry out the projects.
The first school will be located in Theale, with an exact location to be confirmed. A preferred site has been chosen in the village, but West Berkshire Council said it is working with Theale Parish Council to have the new school ready for the start of the academic year in September 2017.
The second primary school is to be built on Newbury College land, and will be sponsored jointly by the college and Theale Church Of England Primary. It will be called Highwood Copse, and should open in September 2017.
A public consultation on the future of Newbury and its surrounding areas is to be launched later by West Berkshire Council. Views are being sought on the authority's vision for issues and projects including the London Road Industrial Estate over the next decade.