News Kier Consortium Wins Contract Stoke Trent Staffordshire Fire Authority

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire Authority has selected a Kier consortium as preferred bidder for a £50m PFI contract to build and maintain 11 new community fire stations across Staffordshire.

As part of the deal, Kier will provide hard and soft facilities management and community support services over a 25-year period with a total estimated value in excess of £17m.

The blue3 consortium involves Kier and architects Calderpeel Partnership.

Construction work is expected to start in early 2013 and all fire stations are expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

This is the second successful PFI contract in two months for Kier with both contracts involving sizeable, long-term facilities management services to the fire service sector.

Kier business development director, Tony Devenish, said: “This has been a necessarily long and involved process taking almost two years and everyone at Kier is delighted that we have been selected as preferred bidder. We were selected as a result of the business’ strong track record in delivering similar projects and our ability to provide an overall solution that would give a continuity of service over the next 25 years.

“This is the second successful PFI bid in two months for Kier, representing significant contracts for the business.”

The contract will cover fire stations in Burton upon Trent, Longton, Lichfield, Leek, Rugeley, Stone, Chase Terrace, Loggerheads, Penkridge, Codsall and Kinver.

All fire stations have been designed with state-of-the-art operational and community facilities. Stations crewed around the clock will include fitness facilities that can be used by supervised groups.

Members of the public will be able to use the community facilities and the newly designed stations will also allow for more community safety activities to take place.

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