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CCS to handle FM across defence estates

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s (DIO) Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) programme has announced that Crown Commercial Services (CCS) will handle the contract for housing and facilities management across defence estates.

The CCS will begin work once current arrangements end.

Each contrast will be seven years in length, with the option to extend for a further three years, subject to satisfactory performances. 

The contract aims to make it easier to access a more diverse supplier base while being more efficient and better value for the taxpayer through leveraging government buying power.

This phase of the FDIS programme will procure new hard FM arrangements for four regional contracts and five contracts that will replace the current National Housing Prime.

The replacement for the current national training estate prime will be procured through a subsequent framework during the next phase of the programme.

DIO’s Commercial Director Jacqui Rock said: “DIO spends around £3 billion every year buying infrastructure services for our armed forces both in the UK and overseas. These new contracts will form a significant part of this and will provide improved value for money for the taxpayer. They will also allow us access to a wider supply base including both large multinational companies and small and medium enterprises.”

Sam Ulyatt, CCS’s Buildings Strategic Commercial Director, said: “CCS has engaged extensively to design a framework structure which meets the needs of customers and incorporates social value. Our public sector contract has also been simplified to aid procurement for customers and suppliers alike.”

The next part of the project includes an invitation to tender for suppliers on the CCS contract. Competitions will take place later in the year for companies seeking a place on the DIO project

FM suppliers invited to bid for places on new defence framework

The Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) contracts will provide FM services across the UK defence estate, replacing existing arrangements when they come to an end.

The contracts are being procured as part of the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Workplace Services Facilities Management Marketplace framework. This is a new way of working for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), designed to enable access to a more diverse supplier base, while improving value for money for the taxpayer by leveraging government buying power.

This phase of the FDIS programme will procure new Hard FM arrangements for 4 Regional Prime contracts and five contracts that will replace the current National Housing Prime. The contracts have a collective value of £2.9 billion, excluding additional works. A later stage of the process will procure a National Training Management contract to replace the current National Training Estate Prime.

DIO’s Commercial Director Jacqui Rock said: “DIO is not only one of the largest providers of housing in the UK, with a stock of nearly 50,000 homes, it is also responsible for managing land and buildings across hundreds of diverse MOD sites.

“We are pleased to be working with CCS to procure these contracts. We want to make DIO easier to do business with and adopting this route to market is one of the ways that we hope to achieve this, while enabling us access to a wider, more diverse and increasingly resilient supply base.”

CCS Strategic Category Director – Buildings, Sam Ulyatt said: “This procurement is a part of the FM Marketplace, which is changing the way in which central government and the wider public sector procure their FM deals, delivering great value for the taxpayer. We are proud to be working in partnership with DIO and supporting delivery against their commercial strategy for common goods and services.”

The initial phase of the procurement process will see suppliers qualifying onto each of the lots in the framework, enabling them to participate in subsequent call-off competitions. The award of places to suppliers on each of the framework lots is expected to be completed by the end of February 2019, with call off competitions starting soon afterwards.

Each DIO call off contract will be 7 years in length, with options to extend up to a further 3 years, subject to satisfactory performance and other considerations.