Serco began a new three-year £40 million contract this week to provide specialist support services at RAF Brize Norton.
The contract was awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence in July following a competitive process and has an initial value of about £40 million over its initial three-year period. It contains two one-year extension options, bringing the total potential value to around £65 million.
Under the deal, Serco is introducing specialist services at RAF Brize Norton Brize, including airfield services, additional engineering, transport, fuels, logistics, cargo/freight movements, fitness instructors and administration. These add to the existing roles of RAMP services, engineering, security, IT support services, photography and transport services that Serco has been carrying out there since 1997.
The number of Serco staff employed is more than doubling as a range of fresh services added to the existing roles that the company has been delivering at the base since 1997.
'Brize' is the main operating base for the RAF's entire air transport and air-to-air refuelling fleets and is the largest station in the Royal Air Force.
Paul McCarter, managing director of Serco’s Defence business, said: “Serco is excited to be starting this new phase of delivery at the RAF Brize Norton Support Contract. We have provided vital support services at Brize for 24 years and understand the critical role that the base plays for the UK Armed Forces.”
During the pandemic, said Serco, the delivery of services has required significant levels of operational flexibility, agility and innovation to maintain the required levels of service while following the government guidelines and keeping people safe.
Group Capt Emily Flynn, RAF Brize Norton Station Commander, said: “As we come to the key operational transition period of the Brize Support Contract, the work of the Joint MoD-Serco Transition team has built the foundations for the ongoing successful delivery of RAF Brize Norton’s output and continues to build on the long-standing relationship between Serco and the station.”
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