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Four shortlisted for £108m housing PFI

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has shortlisted four teams for a £108 million PFI contract to build 390 retirement homes following a qualification process.

Balfour Beatty, Extra Care Solutions 4 Stoke-on-Trent, Sapphire – a Harvest Housing Group and Eric Wright Group consortium – and the New Day Villages consortium- including Staffordshire Housing, Lovell Partnership and Morgan Sindall Investments – will now work up outline proposals for the scheme.

The four bids were picked from a wide field submitting PQQs and they will now be invited to submit outline solutions for the project.

The scheme will deliver ‘extra care’ housing in the city – where older people can live independently and have the option of round the clock personal care, should they require it.

The homes also have communal facilities, open to both residents and the wider community such as  hair salons, gyms and cafes.

The outline solutions stage of the process has a deadline of the end of March, when the council will conduct a further shortlisting exercise to pick the bidders to be selected to develop detailed solutions.

Cabinet member for regeneration councillor Ruth Rosenau said:  “The quality of submissions we received was very high, and I’m delighted that we now have four bidders with significant experience in the development and delivery of large projects.”

Councillor Gwen Hassall, cabinet member for housing and neighbourhoods, added: “The outline solutions stage is another significant milestone in delivering such a major project.”

The selection of the final preferred bidder, and start of the phased construction of the homes, will take place in 2013.

The winning bidder will design, construct and operate the retirement homes in Abbey Hulton, Blurton and Chell.

Ministers have signed off on the 25 year deal.

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