Mitie has secured a new seven-year contract with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to maintain services on the Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) programme.
Works will be carried out at sites across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The contract is worth up to £646 million over its duration, including project and billable works, and the deal includes the option to extend the contract for another three year.
The FM provider will deliver grounds, reactive and scheduled maintenance services at locations across Scotland and Northern Ireland, from the Borders to the Shetland Islands, at 4,400 buildings over 91 sites, ranging from historic military locations such as Edinburgh Castle and Fort George, through to RRH Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, and forces bases like Abercorn Barracks, RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth.
Mitie’s teams will guarantee that a wide range of assets work safely and efficiently – from ground lights on airfields and fuel supplies to safe storage of munitions and conducting hydrographic surveys to make sure that seaways are clear.
Social value will also be an aspect of the contract. To help the DIO to make its estate more sustainable, the company will audit all 91 sites to collect data on energy use and waste generated. This data will be used to identify fresh initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, such as opportunities to install equipment to provide renewable energy or supporting the rollout of electric vehicles. Mitie’s landscape team will also support biodiversity across the estate, including at several sites of scientific interest.
It will also be rolling out FM apprenticeship schemes across the contract, ensuring that every team that is fixed to a specific location has at least one apprentice, filling vacancies with apprentices wherever possible, and offering existing staff the chance to use the apprenticeship scheme to upskill.
Mitie, a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, said this appointment builds on its commitment to support the British Armed Forces with support for veterans and reservists and its outreach programmes to help service-leavers find new careers.
Simon Venn, Mitie’s chief government and strategy officer, said: “The Armed Forces play a crucial role in keeping Britain safe, so we’re proud to serve our military by ensuring that these sites are run in the most efficient way possible so that our servicemen and women have the infrastructure and support they deserve and need.”
David Brewer, chief operating officer at the DIO, said: “The built estate contracts will create and sustain thousands of jobs and protect local supply chains throughout the UK. DIO is committed to building a broader and more diverse supply base, working with both larger companies and SMEs through our supply chain to support local industry and deliver the facilities that the military need to live, work, train and deploy.”
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