The seven lead consortia will now be invited by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to submit a tender for inclusion on the framework.
The seven consortia are:G4S/Carillion GEO Group/Balfour Beatty Kalyx/Interserve Mitie/Laing O'Rourke Reliance/Bouygues Serco/Skanska Wates Construction
This news comes after Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw announced plans in April for the first two of five new 1,500 place prisons - one on the site of the former Runwell Secure Psychiatric Hospital in Essex and one at Beam Park West, Dagenham.ADVERTISEMENT
All the new prisons in the building programme will be privately constructed and operated under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
The aim is to create 7,500 new prison places. The duration of the PFI contracts awarded under this framework will range between 20 and 40 years.
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