London Fire Brigade

Brigade announces partner for station rebuild programme

19 March 2012


London Fire Brigade has announced its PFI partner for a construction programme which will see nine of its ageing fire stations rebuilt to provide facilities fit for the 21st century.

The selection of Blue3 to deliver the design, build, financing and maintenance of the nine selected stations marks the  beginning of the final stage  of the procurement of a major private finance initiative (PFI) contract. Construction work is now expected to begin in June 2013 once detailed plans have been approved.

The Private Finance Initiative project will see London Fire Brigade receive £57.4 million to replace and  make major improvements to Dagenham,  Dockhead,  Leytonstone,  Mitcham, Old Kent Road, Orpington, Plaistow,  Purley and Shadwell fire stations. Eight of the stations are being completely re-built on their existing sites and one station, Mitcham, will be built on a new site.

Over the coming year the Brigade will work with Blue3 to develop implementation plans; achieve planning permission for all nine sites and refine the important business continuity arrangements which will ensure that fire cover provided by the stations being refurbished is not interrupted during building.

London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Andy Hickmott (Technical and Service Support) said: “This is excellent news for the capital. Some of our fire stations are over 100 years old and are simply not fit for modern purposes. These stations need to be brought up to date and this project demonstrates our continuing commitment to maintaining the world class fire and rescue service that Londoners have come to expect.

“Not only will these new fire stations  provide state of the art facilities for our crews, with room for modern fire appliances and training,  they will also be kitted out with community spaces  that will allow members of the public to easily access vital life saving fire safety advice.”

London Fire Brigade is at the forefront of work to protect the environment, and all of the refurbished fire stations will be energy efficient and contain the latest green technology.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

• The Blue3 consortium is founded upon the resources and sector specific experience of  Kier, the major construction and services group which  annually delivers projects and services with a value in excess of £2 billion through its network of local and regional businesses. The Blue3 sponsors are Kier and funds managed by DIF.
• PFI provides a way of funding major capital investments, without immediate recourse to the public purse. Under a PFI scheme, a capital project such as a new fire station have to be designed, built, financed and operated by a private sector consortium under a contract that would typically last for 30 years.
• The PFI procurement process as agreed with CLG and Treasury was complied with and commenced with the placement of a notice in the Official  Journal of The European Union  in June 2009.  The  competitive dialogue procurement procedure was used. Detailed planning permissions are to be secured before the final contract is awarded.  Work expected to start on site in May 2013 and the first new station operational in June 2014.
• To ensure that the fire cover provided by the stations being rebuilt is not interrupted during building, nearby stations are being refurbished and a temporary station provided to accommodate an extra appliance and crew from the PFI stations during construction.