Go-ahead for £129m Avon & Somerset Police Buildings

Wednesday, 1st February 2012
  Avon and Somerset Police have won Government-backing to appoint the Blue Light Partnership consortium as preferred partner for a £127m PFI building contract.  Led by Bilfinger Berger Project Investments and comprising Miller Construction and Cofely, the consortium will design, build, finance and operate a big operational base in Bridgewater.   The contract will also involve building two custody and crime investigation centres, two police stations and a tri-force firearms training centre which will be built in Portishead, near to Police Headquarters.   Planning applications for each of the four proposed developments will be submitted over the coming weeks and construction will start in September, with the first building completed in January 2014 and the last in March 2014.   This will serve the police forces of Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and enable officers to be trained to the same standard across the three forces.   Avon and Somerset Police Authority Deputy Chair Cllr Claire Gordon said: “This is a good news story for Avon and Somerset. It has been a long journey, and I am delighted that in approving the business case, the Home Office and Treasury have recognised the strength of these proposals and the value for money they will deliver.   “This project has met many tests for being affordable and cost effective for taxpayers and will provide many jobs for the local area.”   Jitesh Patel, project director at Bilfinger said: “We have designed highly sustainable buildings that are efficient and flexible to respond to future needs. Our local supply chain is keen to continue to engage with and provide opportunity for local business and employment.”