18 May 2012
The University of Sussex is seeking bids to manage its estates and facilities services, which are run in-house at an annual cost of £20 million.
The move, to be completed by August next year, “is expected to bring wider market experience and expertise to the university to enable it to meet the increasing demands of a highly competitive environment”, according to a statement.
“Student numbers at Sussex have grown by 2,000 in just the last two years, reaching 12,000 this year, and we are planning for 15,000 by 2015-16,” said John Duffy, registrar and secretary.
“We have already made significant improvements in our support services to students and staff, and we need now to sustain them into the future as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
Surrounded by the South Downs National Park, the University of Sussex campus includes a range of listed Sir Basil Spence-designed buildings as well as a number of teaching and research facilities and accommodation.
The area to be managed is around 200,000 square metres (2.15 million square feet) of building floor area. This is expected to increase to 240,000 square metres (nearly 2.6 million square feet) by 2015.
The affected services currently employ 168 people, who would transfer to the new provider under TUPE regulations.
The university already outsources grounds-maintenance services as well as most of its cleaning and laundry services.
Completed pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQ applications) must be returned electronically no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, 11 June 2012.