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Cofathec wins 25 year emergency services FM contract

05 September 2008

Cofathec has been awarded the 25 year FM contract for the Dorset Emergency Services Partnering Initiative (DESPI) PFI contract.

The £0.5m per year contract provides energy management, mechanical, electrical and building fabric maintenance for three new sites consisting of seven new buildings – a fire station and training facility in Poole, a fire headquarters, fire station and training facility in Dorchester and a police divisional headquarters in Poole. Cofathec is also responsible for installation of fixtures and fittings in the new buildings and decant of approximately 500 staff from various locations in the Dorchester and Poole areas (worth £1.9m).

Cofathec has established a dedicated maintenance team and FM manager for the project, with additional support for out of hours reactive calls from regional staff. All reactive calls are channelled through Cofathec’s 24 hour help desk, ensuring a fast response and clear lines of communication.

As well as standard M&E plant, Building Fabric and Fixtures and fittings, Cofathec is responsible for maintaining process combustion equipment for state-of-the-art training towers at both fire stations – which will provide training for fire services throughout the county.

Led by PFF (Dorset) Ltd, the DESPI PFI contract has been developed to provide state of the art facilities for the fire and police service in Poole & Dorchester. The Fire Authority facilities will become operational in September 2008, with the police authority’s divisional headquarters due for completion in December 2009. The buildings are being constructed by construction partner Morgan Ashurst.

PFF (Dorset) Ltd general manager Duncan Johnston commented, “These facilities represent a significant contribution to the community and we hope members of the police & fire authorities, together with the public, are looking forward to seeing the buildings becoming operational”.

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