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Community Fire Stations company appointed

11 new stations as part of £50m project

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has announced the company they would like to take forward the rebuilding of 11 fire stations in the county.

Blue3 has been announced as the preferred bidder for the £50 million project.

They will be responsible for the design, construction and ongoing maintenance of the 11 community fire stations.

The stations set to be rebuilt are; Longton, Leek, Stone, Burton-upon-Trent, Kinver, Lichfield, Chase Terrace, Rugeley, Codsall, Penkridge and Ashley, which will relocate to a site in Loggerheads.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: "This is a major milestone in the project and is very significant as it takes us another step closer to a further 11 community fire stations. It’s fantastic news for our staff and local people.

The project is the second private finance initiative (PFI) funded project the Service has taken on.

The first project has seen the rebuild of seven stations and the building of three additional stations.

The new community fire stations in the first project attracted over 2000 room bookings last year alone.

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Len Bloomer said: "Our first community fire stations project has exceeded our expectations and we’re confident this second project will be equally successful. Like the buildings in our first project these stations will have state of the art operational facilities and dedicated community areas.

The next steps in the project will involve blue3 finalising the design of all 11 buildings and producing a building schedule.

Full planning applications will then be submitted and the final contract is due to be signed in Spring 2013. Following this construction can commence on the buildings.

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