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MOD announces FM shortlist for English sites

29 June 2012

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has announced the shortlist for the three prime contracts for providing FM to defence sites in England from 2014.

The DIO is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and is responsible for managing and maintaining land and properties to meet the current and future needs of the military and personnel at home and abroad.

Developed under the Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) programme, the contracts have an estimated combined value of up to £4.35 billion over a minimum of five years and a maximum of 10 years.

Individual contract values range between £500 million and £1.8 billion, depending on potential contract extensions, according to the DIO statement.

The contracts and shortlisted bidders are:
Regional Prime Central
(including Catterick Garrison, Beacon Barracks Stafford, RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley training bases, DST Leconfield, Wattisham Airfield, RAF College Cranwell, and the intelligence and security centre at Chicksands):
•    Axiam, a joint venture between Interserve Defence and DynCorp International;
•    Babcock Support Services, a division of Babcock International Group;
    Carillion Enterprise, a joint venture between Carillion Services and Enterprise Managed Services;
•    KBR, a proposed joint venture between Kellogg Brown and Root and Balfour Beatty Workplace.
Regional Prime South East (including RMA Sandhurst, DMRC Headley Court, HQ Land Forces Andover, Hyde Park Barracks, Woolwich Barracks, Horse Guards, RAF High Wycombe and RAF Northolt):
•    Babcock Support Services;
•    Carillion Enterprise;
•    KBR, a proposed joint venture comprising Kellogg Brown and Root and Balfour Beatty Workplace;
•    PriDE (SERP), a joint venture between Interserve Defence and SSE Contracting.
Regional Prime South West (including various Royal Marines bases, RNAS Yeovilton, RNAS Culdrose, Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) headquarters):
•    Babcock Support Services;
•    Carillion Enterprise;
•    Landmarc Support Services, a joint venture between Interserve and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).
The NGEC team evaluated evidence of bidders' capacity and capability including technical capability, health and safety, financial standing, quality assurance, environmental management and equal opportunity and diversity.

The successful bidders will provide maintenance and repairs to the Defence estate.

Other services will include a 24/7 helpdesk for estate-users, a regional energy management bureau, grounds maintenance, and snow and ice clearance.

There will also be delivery of soft FM services to some sites in the southwest.

Each contract includes options for land management services and construction projects valued below £3.93 million.
“The bidders will soon begin the tendering process with a programme of visits to selected defence establishments, followed by invitations to submit tenders in October.

Final tenders are expected before March 2013, with the preferred bidder being announced by April 2014.”

The three regional contracts for England are expected to be in-service from September 2014, replacing the two current regional prime contracts for south east and southwest, and introducing a new single regional prime contract for the existing separate central and east regions.

A fourth regional prime, for Scotland and Northern Ireland, was launched in 2011 and is “well advanced” in the tendering process.