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