Belgium shortlists bidders for prison projects

BAM PPP, Dexia, Eiffage, DG Infra+ and several Belgium developers are among the shortlisted bidders for the construction of four new prisons in the Flanders and Walloon regions. The prisons will cost between €60m and €80m each and will comprise up to 1,600 new cells.

Belgium has shortlisted several bidders for the construction of 1,600 new cells across four new prisons, the Belgian Buildings Agency said in a statement.

The new prisons will be located in the regions of Flanders and Walloon and will be built as public-private partnerships, the buildings agency said. They will each have separate design, build, finance and maintenance contracts with an estimated capex for each prison of between €60 million and €80 million. 

According to the procuring authority, consortia comprising BAM PPP/Dexia and Future Prisons (including Belgium developer Willemen and real estate firm Cofinimmo) have been shortlisted for the prisons in Antwerp and Dendermonde, in the Flanders region. 

For the prisons in the Walloon region, teams of BAM PPP/Dexia, Eiffage/DG Infra+, and Ariane (comprising local firms Louis de Waele, Aramark, Sitex Maintenance and Rabot Dutilleul) have been shortlisted for Charleroi prison. Ariane, Eiffage/DG Infra+, and Future Prisons have been shortlisted for the prison in Mons.

Fully committed offers are due in February 2011 with a preferred bidder for each project to be selected in March.