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'Blue Light' consortium wins £116m Avon & Somerset Police PFI deal

Miller and Cofely are among the contractors awarded a £116 million PFI accommodation deal by Avon and Somerset Police Authority, Construction News understands.

The partnership – including Bilfinger Berger, Cofely and Miller Construction – saw off competition for the deal for accommodation across the South-west from the Kier led Blue 3 consortia and was picked from an original field of 13.

The construction elements of the project – including four new facilities - are valued at £80 million while the service elements are worth £1.2m per year over 25-30 years.

Outline planning consent has been secured on the four sites and detailed planning applications are due to be submitted imminently.

It is anticipated that construction will begin in summer 2012 and the buildings will open from 2014, based on the designs provided by the preferred bidder.

The schemes include:

  • Somerset Operations Base at Express Park, including a Custody and Crime Investigation Centre, Specialist Operations and an Enquiry Office.
  • A Custody and Crime Investigation Centre and Police Station at 90 Gloucester Road, Patchway
  • A Custody and Crime Investigation Centre at Ashmead Road, Keynsham
  • A Tri-force Indoor Firearms Training Centre for Avon & Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire at Black Rock Quarry, near Portishead

Avon and Somerset is expected to make a formal announcement on the winner in the next two weeks.

One subcontractor said: “This is was a really tense one; they’ve taken a long time over the decision and Kier is really disappointed not to have won it.”

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