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Mitie wins £60m FM contract with Manchester Airports Group

Mitie has won a £60m contract to deliver integrated FM services across three airports for Manchester Airports Group.

The facilities management provider has been delivering FM services at Manchester Airport since 2008, but will now provide a range of hard and soft FM services at two of MAG’s other – London Stansted, and East Midlands Airport.

Under the five-year contract, Mitie will deliver services including cleaning, waste management, gritting and snow clearance, as well as hard FM services including M&E maintenance, plumbing, and building management systems across all three airports.

MAG owns four British airports, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Manchester Airport and London Standsted Airport.

London Stansted Airport CEO and sponsor of the contract Andrew Cowan said the group had picked Mitie due to its “extensive experience” in delivering FM services in the airports sector.

“Mitie was awarded the work after a rigorous and technical tender process,” he said.

“We have been working with Mitie for over seven years and it is a great credit to their team that we are developing our long-standing relationship with this new contract.”

The contract win follows a profit warning posted by Mitie in September, when the firm said profit would be below expectations amid market uncertainty.

Mitie warned that changes to the minimum wage and the upcoming EU referendum could hit business in its latest full-year results, as it posted a pre-tax profit of £96.8m for the year to 31 March 2016, up from £41.5m the year before.

Earlier this month, chief executive Ruby McGregor-Smith, who has been at the helm of Mitie for nearly a decade, revealed that she would leaving in November.

She will be replaced by former Cable & Wireless boss Phil Bentley on 12 December this year.

Manchester Airports Group is currently developing its £850m Airport City masterplan in Manchester, with Carillion and Chinese contractor Beijing Construction and Engineering Group acting as construction partners.

The development was originally intended to be led by commercial, warehousing and hotel development but, last week, MAG divisional chief executive for property Lynda Shillaw told Construction News that the plan could potentially include some housing development.

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