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Met police hunt for new estate manager

CONTRACTS - LONDON

THE COUNTRY'S biggest police force is chasing contractors to look after its property interests under two facilities management contracts worth £400 million each.

Work will involve maintaining and upgrading the Metropolitan Police force's huge range of properties from police stations to training establishments, headquarters offices, resident ial buildings, workshops and other specialist properties across London. Over 60 per cent of the total estate will be revamped during the next 10 years.

The work will be divided into two parts covering the northern and southern areas. Interserve is currently the force's main FM contractor.

Alan Croney, the Met's director of property services, said: 'Splitting the contract into two will allow us to provide a customer-focused FM service.

'It also allows the selected contractors to have far greater responsibility and autonomy to deliver against strict performance standards.' The two contracts are expected to start in April 2007 and will last for three years, with a possible extension to 10.

Requests to participate are due back by January 25.