Facilities management organisation Arcus has been awarded its first public sector contract with Central Bedfordshire Council.
The seven-year partnership will see Arcus delivering hard FM across the estate, including 53 corporate buildings, four care homes, and 10 children's centres. There is also potential for more than 150 schools across Central Bedfordshire to be included within its scope.
The services Arcus will provide are underpinned by the company's "strong social value proposition"; it intends to develop its public sector FM work as a positive route for people getting into or re-entering the world of work.
It said this is "not just a tick-box exercise the delivery of "real social value will evoke a true sense of pride for Arcus, our colleagues and the people of Central Bedfordshire".
Arcus will provide general services including reactive repairs, planned maintenance, emergency works, capital projects and compliance testing.
Repairs will make up a majority of the works, including mechanical and electrical, general building, windows, doors, flooring, roofing and ground works.
Compliance testing will cover all of the statutory obligations and testing of compliance items across the entire estate.
This contract is a further addition to the company's portfolio, which includes clients such as Sainsbury's, Argos, the Co-op, and Capita.