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Miller selected for £129m police PFI scheme

2 Feb 12 A Miller Construction team has been named as preferred bidder for the £129 million Avon and Somerset Police Accommodation PFI Project.

The Blue Light Partnership, comprising Miller Construction and Bilfinger Berger Project Investments, will develop 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.

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.

Miller Construction anticipates commencing construction in summer 2012 with the buildings being open from 2014.

Chris Webster, chief executive, Miller Construction, said: “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.

“Our teams have a successful track record in ‘Bluelight’ projects including Bristol Civil Justice Centre and the North Tyneside Area Command Headquarters.

“We will be quickly mobilising the build programme. Early in 2011 we held an open day for local subcontractors in order to establish a potential local supply chain.”

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