A leading construction group has been given the go-ahead to design, develop and build nine new community fire stations in London.

The Kier Group, alongside of DIF Infrastructure (acting as co-investors), have realised their funding goal of £72 million for the project dubbed Blue 3.

It confirmed that £52 million has come from the government, falling under the Private Finance Initiative remit.

It has been commissioned on behalf of the London Fire Brigade, which has been looking to bolster its presence and service in the south-east and east of the city.

The nine fire stations, which will completely replace some of the ones that were built between 50 and 100 years ago, will be constructed and then looked after between 2014 and 2016, before being passed on.

"We look forward to working in partnership with London Fire Brigade in delivering strategic assets that are sustainable and promote inward investment in the region," said Kier Group chief executive Paul Sheffield.

"This is an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate how effective public/private partnerships can deliver high quality, value for money solutions."

The fire stations will be designed to be state-of-the-art spaces, forward thinking in their approach, and totally relevant to the 21st century.

It will allow firemen and their extended teams to deliver efficient, relevant and reactive responses to emergency calls, while providing them with a place to encourage greater engagement with local residents.

"The community spaces that these stations will provide also reinforce our commitment to providing fire safety education and advice to Londoners," added Mr Sheffield.

"[This is] something that we believe has played a key role in the fall in fires and deaths and injuries from fire over the last ten years."

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