VIVO and Mitie have been awarded contracts worth a total of £117 million by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to deliver repair and maintenance services for US Air Forces stationed in the UK.
Tender evaluations were weighted by the DIO by quality rather than price to ensure the contracts are designed to deliver an improved service through more effective and collaborative contract management.
VIVO, a 50:50 joint venture between Serco and EQUANS, will carry out hard facilities management works at RAF Lakenheath, RAF Alconbury, RAF Molesworth, RAF Croughton, RAF Fairford and RAF Menwith Hill – and Mitie will supply these services at RAF Mildenhall.
The contracts will support current and future operational requirements by providing property maintenance, repairs, servicing, and hard facilities management to buildings used by the US Forces, as well as housing at Lakenheath in West Suffolk.
The contracts, which also include the provision for another £46 million in additional works, have been developed in close collaboration with the US Air Force to guarantee that the needs of the users on each base have been fully considered.
The DIO said lessons learned from the delivery of previous FM services have helped to shape the contracts, which incorporate best practice and recognised industry standards.
David Brewer, DIO’s chief operating officer said: “We are proud of our relationship with the US Air Force and want to ensure we are providing them with the best possible service.
“These contracts represent a step change in how we deliver facilities management services to the US Visiting Forces and we have worked closely with our US colleagues to design these new contracts to ensure they reflect their needs.”
VIVO said the contracts for its four regions are estimated to be worth over £98 million over the initial three-year period, and it expects a further two one-year extension options. In addition to the core fixed-price contract, there will be £35 million of additional works which will be commissioned as required by the DIO. The company added that following a mobilisation phase, the core work is set to start in December and it expects additional project work to begin during 2023.
Jerry Moloney, managing director of VIVO Defence Services, commented: “This important award reinforces our position as a key supplier to DIO and Defence. We are grateful to the MoD and the DIO for the trust they are placing in us and look forward to continuing to build on our parent companies existing relationships with the United States Visiting Forces”.
Brigadier General George Dietrich, director of logistics, engineering, and force protection for US Air Forces in Europe and Africa, added: “The award of these new base maintenance contracts are a very welcome and important step for US Forces in the United Kingdom. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with DIO over the life of this contract and beyond.”