The Ministry of Defence has announced the names of four shortlisted bidders for the £500 million regional prime contract for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Carillion, Interserve, Babcock Support Services and TurnerHenry will fight it out for the chance to provide hard facilities management services to the defence estate in the regions.
The contract is the first of the Next Generation Estates work to go to shortlist and will commence from 2013.
The four firms were selected from a crowded field that initially showed interest in the job, including Hotchief, Kier, Miller and Morrison.
Steve Rice, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation head of Next Generation Estate Programme, said: “DIO’s top priority is to support our armed forces as they prepare for operations, but value for money must underpin everything we do for the defence frontline. This requires closer collaborative business partnering in key regions like Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“We’ve received a strong response to this contract opportunity, and the evaluation of pre-qualification questionnaires has been intensive but thorough. The onus is now on finding the right industry partner for Scotland and Northern Ireland. I am delighted that we have a strong and competitive shortlist of bidders with whom to discuss our requirements.”
Bidders will now be invited to participate in competitive dialogue, with a view to submitting their final ‘tender solutions’ from December 2011. It is expected that a preferred bidder will be announced by August 2012.
Developed under the NGEC programme, the Scotland and Northern Ireland contract is one of four regional primes, the other three covering: north of England, Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia; south-west England; and south-east England. Industry will now be invited to submit expressions of interest in these three regional prime contracts later this year.