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Seven shortlisted for £1.8bn prisons framework

The Ministry of Justice has shortlisted seven consortia for the £1.8 billion framework to design, build and operate five large PFI prisons in England and Wales.

Three established partnerships are on the list - Carillion with G4S; Interserve with Kalyx; and Skanska with Serco.

As revealed by Construction News, Balfour Beatty is teamed up with US operating firm GEO Group and Bouygues with Reliance Security Group.

Laing O’Rourke is shortlisted with Mitie and Wates with MTC.

Consortia that make the framework will compete to design, build and operate the 1,500 place prisons on 20 to 40-year PFI contracts.

The framework is intended to increase the prison system’s capacity to 96,000 places by 2014.