Keir, DIF selected for London Fire Brigade PFI

The Blue3 consortium, including UK construction firm Keir and funds managed by Dutch infrastructure fund manager DIF, has been awarded a PFI contract to rebuild nine London fire stations.

The London Fire Brigade has announced that Blue3 has been awarded the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract to design, build, finance and maintain nine of its older fire stations “to provide facilities fit for the 21st century”.

The consortium includes Keir Construction (Keir), the UK construction and services group, and funds managed by DIF, the Dutch infrastructure fund manager.

Construction of the new stations is expected to begin in June 2013, following the approval of plans, according to a statement from the London Fire Brigade. The first new station is expected to be operational in June 2014.

The statement added that £57.4 million (€69.6 million; $91.5 million) would be spent on replacing and making improvements to stations at Dagenham, Dockhead, Leytonstone, Mitcham, Old Kent Road, Orpington, Plaistow, Purley and Shadwell. Mitcham will be built on a new site, whereas all the others will be rebuilt on their existing sites.

The Brigade said that, until construction begins, it will be working with Blue3 to develop implementation plans, achieve planning permission for all nine sites, and refine business continuity arrangements to ensure that fire cover is not interrupted during the building phase.