Macquarie, Fiera Axium, SNC shortlisted for C$143m prison

Infrastructure Québec shortlisted three groups to construct a detention centre with 300 cells in the province's Southern Montérégie region. One potential bidder, Fiera Axium, closed its debut Canada infrastructure fund on C$460m earlier this month.

Infrastructure Québec has shortlisted three consortiums led by Macquarie Group, Fiera Axium and SNC-Lavalin, respectively, to design, construct, finance, and maintain a 300-cell prison in Southern Québec.

The Sorel-Tracy detention centre is expected to cost C$142.8 million (€106.1 million; $146.2 million), according to a statement. The prison, located in the Montérégie region of Southern Québec, will replace two current facilities and double the number of cells currently available.

The three consortiums shortlisted were:

– Horizon Justice Sorel-Tracy, which consists of Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada, Pomerleau, Verreault, Honeywell, Le Groupe ARCOP, Dessau and Provencher Roy + Associées architectures.
– Consortium Infra-Sécurité Montérégie, which consists of Macquarie Capital Group, EBC, ABCP architecture, AECOM Tecsult, Pageau Morel, and COFELY Services.
– Groupe Sécurité Sorel-Tracy, which consists of SNC-Lavalin, DMG Architecture, Bélanger Beauchemin Morency, and Yelle Maillé architectes associés

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Fiera Axium closed its debut Canada infrastructure fund on C$460 million earlier this month. The fund has already acquired stakes in two roads in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta from Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership.

Carole Bissonnette, spokesperson for Infrastructure Québec, said the chosen consortium “will not be involved in the security of the prisoners”. She said the consortium instead will only be “in charge of maintaining the infrastructure” over the life of the concession.

The request for proposals will be made in spring of this year, Bissonnette said. Bids will be due in the winter of 2012, and construction is expected to begin following government authorisation in spring 2012.