The Blue Light Partnership, comprising Miller Construction and Bilfinger Berger Project Investments, has been named preferred bidder for the £129m Avon and Somerset Police Accommodation PFI Project.
The project comprises the development of four new facilities at Portishead, Bristol Patchway, Keynsham and Bridgwater. The contract also includes responsibility for maintaining the buildings for 25 years.
In addition to supplying project investment, Miller Construction has been appointed principal contractor.
Chris Webster, chief executive, Miller Construction, said: “We are delighted to have received preferred bidder status for the Avon and Somerset Police Accommodation PFI Project. We have a successful track record in the delivery of PPP projects across the UK where our expertise in assisting public partners to finance projects covers a variety of markets.”
The overall project includes a Somerset Operations Base which will be home to a Custody and Crime Investigation Centre, Specialist Operations and an Enquiry Office; a Custody and Crime Investigation Centre and Police Station in Patchway; a Custody and Crime Investigation Centre in Keynsham and a Tri-force Indoor Firearms Training Centre for Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire police forces, near Portishead.
Construction work is expected to start in summer 2012 with the buildings being open from 2014