Defence industry searches for FM providers for contracts worth almost £3bn

Jacqui Rock

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has launched a search for suppliers to tender for FM contracts worth almost £3bn.

The seven-year Future Defence Infrastructure Services contracts will provide FMservices 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 Workplace Services Facilities Management Marketplace framework. This is a new way of working for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, and enables access to a more diverse supplier base, while improving value for money for the taxpayer by leveraging government buying power.

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.”