The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has launched a procurement process to see if it can work with a strategic private sector partner.
It is using this ‘soft market test’ to decide whether to bring in a partner, rather than to definitely appoint one.
Bidders will be asked whether they could manage DIO’s operations and staff, develop and implement a strategic asset management plan for its estate, manage existing and new suppliers and develop contract strategies to drive further efficiencies across the Ministry of Defence estate.
DIO was formed last year and is responsible for managing and maintaining land and property for the MoD in the UK and abroad.
Chief executive Andrew Manley said: “I believe a strategic business partner could take DIO another step closer to becoming a world-class public sector infrastructure delivery organisation.”
DIO said in January that it wanted to “explore prospective roles for the private sector” as it bids to find £1.2bn in efficiency savings.