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Balfour Beatty wins £66m North-west fire stations PFI contract

Balfour Beatty is understood to have beaten a Miller-led consortium to a £66 million PFI contract to build 16 fire stations in the North-west.

Balfour Beatty and its division Mansell Construction is expected to be named the preferred bidder for the 25-year design, build, finance and maintain contract.

The North West Fire and Rescue Service had been hoping to make an announcement at the beginning of March, but postponed it.

However, industry sources told Construction News this week that the Balfour team had won the two-horse race.
The losing consortium is made up of Miller Construction, Cyrill Sweet and Lloyds Banking Group.

The project will involve the construction of 16 community fire stations - including an operational resource centre and office accommodation.

The stations will be built in the following locations:

  • Merseyside - Belle Vale, Birkenhead, Bootle & Netherton, Formby, Kirkdale (including ORC), Newton-le-Willows and Southport;
  • Lancashire - Blackburn, Burnley, Chorley and Fleetwood;
  • Cumbria - Carlisle East, Carlisle West, Patterdale, Penrith and Workington.

They will be constructed on new and existing sites - in some cases involving demolition and phased working.

Over the next 12 months, at least a dozen fire service or police PFI deals are expected to either come to market or move toward financial close, according to CN’s sister title Infrastructure Journal.

A shortlist is expected soon for London Fire Brigade’s £60m scheme. Six consortia are currently bidding for the project: Balfour Beatty Fire and Rescue; Blue3, including Kier; Bouygues UK; John Laing Investments; Land Group; and Safer Communities for London, including Cyril Sweet.