Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has announced the company they would like to take forward the rebuilding of 11 fire stations in the county.
“This is a major milestone in the project and is very significant as it takes us another step closer to a further 11 community fire stations. It’s fantastic news for our staff and local people. "
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford.
Following a rigorous procurement process blue3 has been announced as the preferred bidder for the £50 million project.
Blue3 will be responsible for the design, construction and ongoing maintenance of the 11 community fire stations. The stations set to be rebuilt are; Burton-upon-Trent, Kinver, Lichfield, Longton, Leek, Stone, Chase Terrace, Rugeley, Codsall, Penkridge and Ashley, which will relocate to a site in Loggerheads.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: “This is a major milestone in the project and is very significant as it takes us another step closer to a further 11 community fire stations. It’s fantastic news for our staff and local people.
“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. We now look forward to progressing the project with blue3.”
The project is the second private finance initiative (PFI) funded project the Service has taken on. The first project has seen the rebuild of seven stations and the building of three additional stations, all of which are now operational. The new community fire stations in the first project attracted over 2000 room bookings last year alone.
Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Len Bloomer said: “Our first community fire stations project has exceeded our expectations and we’re confident this second project will be equally successful. Like the buildings in our first project these stations will have state of the art operational facilities and dedicated community areas.
“It is widely recognised that we are leading the way in the UK Fire and Rescue Service and these purpose built community embracing fire stations will ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of development of new ways of working with and supporting local people.”
The next steps in the project will involve blue3 finalising the design of all 11 buildings and producing a building schedule. Full planning applications will then be submitted and the final contract is due to be signed in Spring 2013. Following this construction can commence on the buildings.