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Carillion to build forensic centre in Toronto

TORONTO – British building and support services group Carillion Plc announced that it won a public private partnership (PPP) project worth £306 million to build the Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex (FSCC) in Toronto.

The joint venture, Carillion Secure Solutions, will design, build, finance and maintain the Toronto facility, which will house Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences and its Office of the Chief Coroner in a single facility.

The FSCC will include forensic laboratories, offices, autopsy suites, and two courtrooms for coroner’s inquests and the 30-month construction period will begin on site in August 2010, the company said in a statement.

Apart from arranging debt finance to meet the cost of construction, Carillion said it will invest £11.8 million of equity in the project, which will be delivered using an alternative financing and procurement model similar to the UK’s PPP model.

Carillion plans include providing facility management and life-cycle repair services over the 30-year concession period.

“We are delighted to have achieved financial close on this prestigious project, which further reinforces our leading position in the PPP market for social infrastructure in Canada, where we have established a very strong track record. We look forward to working with Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and its stakeholders to provide Ontario with one of the most modern facilities of this kind in the world,” chief executive John McDonough said.

In addition to the FSCC project, Carillion is currently building and financing Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Sault Area Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, after having successfully delivered two of the first major PPP hospitals in Canada - the new William Osler Hospital in Toronto and the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Employing about 50,000 people, Carillion is one of the UK’s leading support services and construction companies with an annual revenue of around £5 billion with operations across Britain and in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, North Africa and Caribbean.

Posted July 15, 2010