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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

CCS awards Interserve with £40m TFM contract…

Interserve has secured a new five-year total facilities management (TFM) account with six central government departments worth over £40 million.

The deal, awarded through the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Framework Agreement for Facilities Management Services, will see Interserve deliver a broad range of services including catering, security, front-of-house, as well as mechanical and electrical maintenance.

It is the first time that all six departments’ facilities management services will be handled by a single provider. 

John Manzoni, chief executive of the Civil Service said: “Bringing the support services together under a single overarching account will deliver significant benefits for each department and for the government as a whole. Thanks to the efficiencies that our partnership with Interserve will deliver, we will achieve consistent service level across the estate whilst bringing savings; ensuring we are delivering real value to taxpayers.”

Known as the ‘Affiliate Cluster’, the account covers: the Cabinet Office; the Department for International Development (DFID); the Food Standards Agency (FSA); the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD); the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted).

Alongside the new cross-departmental deal, Interserve also has pre-existing partnerships with the Home Office (HO), the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton (HSE).