Balfour Beatty begins work on North West fire stations

International infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has reached financial close for the North West Fire and Rescue Services public private partnership (PPP) scheme, the capital value of which is approximately £48m.

North West Fire and Rescue Services comprises Cumbria County Council, Lancashire Combined Fire Authority and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority.

The 25-year concession will involve the design, construction, funding and provision of facilities management for 16 community fire stations, of which seven are in Merseyside, five in Cumbria and four in Lancashire.

Construction of five of the fire stations will begin in February 2011, with all construction work to be completed by 2013.