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Kier beats Vinci to £50m Staffordshire fire stations PFI

A Kier consortium has been named preferred bidder ahead of Vinci for a £50 million Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service private finance initiative contract.

Blue3, a consortium comprising Kier and Calderpeel Carden Croft, will design, rebuild and maintain 11 fire stations throughout Staffordshire.

Kier will start construction early next year and once complete, maintain the community fire stations over a 25-year concession period.

It follows the recent selection of Blue3 to design, build, finance and maintain nine fire stations for the London Fire Brigade.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “Five organisations qualified to take part in the procurement process, and this was reduced to just two bidders in July last year.  Final Tenders were received earlier this year and staff from all levels and sections of the service have been involved in the evaluation.

“It was a close contest with both companies, Blue3 and Vinci, producing excellent submissions.”

The project is the second PFI funded project the Staffordshire service is undertaking, after the rebuild of seven stations and the building of three additional stations, all of which are now operational.

The London deal will see Kier - also partnered with Infrastructure Fund Manager (DIF) - begin £45m of works to replace and make major improvements to Dagenham, Dockhead, Leytonstone, Mitcham, Old Kent Road, Orpington, Plaistow, Purley and Shadwell fire stations.

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