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Big names in the hunt for Defence Estates contract

Defence Estates has launched an online directory of potential bidders for work on its major capital spending programme, the Next Generation Estate Contracts. 

The directory is designed to help subcontractors find work on the massive programme, as the government looks to open procurement to SMEs.

The first list of potential bidders to be published is for the regional prime Scotland and Northern Ireland contract and features 30 firms.

The contract covers repairs and maintenance to the built estate, options for land management and rural services and construction projects worth under £3.93 million.

Major players including Carillion, Hochtief, Interserve and Kier are in the hunt for the contract.

The Next Generation contracts are split between four regional primes for facilities management, one national and six regional capital works frameworks for construction projects and a national housing prime contract.

DE also announced it was to host a series of estate procurement industry events for each of the contracts following the expressions of interest stage.

The one-day events will be held at defence venues around the UK for companies which have submitted expressions of interest as potential prime contractors or framework main contractors.

Companies which have requested places at specific industry days as potential subcontractors or supply chain members during the EOI period, and military customer representatives, will also be invited to attend.

Industry days will be followed by a “bidders’ conference” for each contract after the pre-qualification questionnaire stage, exclusively for those companies short-listed to tender bids.

Details of the potential bidders for each contract will be added to the directory as the corresponding industry day is held.

NGEC programme head Steve Rice said:  “During this period of significant change across Government, sound engagement and communication with industry are essential to the procurement process.

“I am determined that through these industry days we should be setting out our requirements clearly and openly, to ensure that potential bidders get the best possible chance to demonstrate their merits.

“We also want to support small and medium-sized enterprises in identifying and researching supply chain opportunities, and the online NGEC Potential Bidder Directory is one way in which we hope to achieve this.”

The first industry day is to be staged at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh later this month, for companies which have expressed an interest in the Regional Prime Scotland & Northern Ireland contract to provide facilities management services.

Project manager for the contract John Brennan said:  “The Defence estate in Scotland and Northern Ireland offers a unique and challenging opportunity for innovative and dynamic contractors and supply chain companies. It is encouraging to see strong market interest in the maintenance and development of facilities for the Defence frontline.”

The first list of bidders includes:

  • Arthur McKay & Co
  • Babcock International
  • BAE Systems Surface Ships Support
  • CarillionEnterprise
  • City Building (Glasgow) LLP
  • DynCorp International
  • Ecovert FM
  • G3 Systems
  • HOCHTIEF Facility Management
  • Integral UK
  • Interior Services Group
  • Interserve
  • Kier Facilities Services
  • Miller Developments
  • Morrison Construction
  • NICEIC Consulting
  • PriDE (SERP)
  • Rider Levett Bucknall UK
  • Robertson Group
  • Savills (L&P)
  • Serco Hook
  • Sodexo
  • Specialist Subsea Services
  • SSE Contracting
  • UK Power Networks Holdings
  • Veolia Water
  • Wates Group

For more information including bidder contact details, CLICK HERE

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