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MoD advertises £4.35bn FM contracts

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has today published OJEU notices advertising facilities management contracts worth up to £4.35 billion over a five to 10 year period.

The three regional prime contracts – for the North of England, Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia; the South-west; and the South-east – are worth between £500 million and £1.8bn each.

Between three and five contractors will be invited to tender or participate for each contract with successful companies going on to provide maintenance and repairs to the defence estate.

Services will include a 24/7 helpdesk for estate-users, a regional energy management bureau, grounds maintenance, and snow and ice clearance.

Each contract also includes options for land management services and construction projects valued below £3.93m.

Major sites covered by the contracts include:

  • Central– Catterick Garrison, Beacon Barracks Stafford, RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley training bases, DST Leconfield, Wattisham Airfield, RAF College Cranwell, and the intelligence and security centre at Chicksands
  • South-east – RMA Sandhurst, DMRC Headley Court, HQ Land Forces Andover, Hyde Park Barracks, Woolwich Barracks, Horse Guards, RAF High Wycombe and RAF Northolt
  • South-west – various Royal Marines bases, RNAS Yeovilton, RNAS Culdrose, Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) headquarters

Regional Prime Central will replace two separate regional prime contracts – RPC Central and RPC East – currently in service.

The other two contracts will replace arrangements over comparable geographical areas.

All prime contractors will be required to operate project bank accounts.

The new contracts are expected to be awarded in early 2014.

NGEC programme director Steve Rice said: “Supporting our Armed Forces as they prepare for operations is the top priority for DIO, and the stewardship of first-class facilities is central to fulfilling that aim. In each of these regions we are determined to find the right industry partner to manage these facilities to the standards expected by our military customers. Successful bidders need to be armed with innovative ideas and a willingness to respond flexibly to the evolving needs of the Defence frontline.”

Gill Hodson, senior NGEC project manager, said: “This is an important milestone in the NGEC programme with our foremost regional prime contract – for Scotland and Northern Ireland – having paved the way for procurement of the remaining three regional contracts. We look forward to widening our procurement work across these three regions for England and Wales, and hope the contracts will generate a healthy response from supply chain businesses and prime contractors alike.”

The closing date for expressions of interest is 23:59hrs on 23 March 2012.

Following expressions of interest DIO will issue Pre-Qualification Questionnaires, and host an industry day at a venue and date to be confirmed.

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