Support services company Serco has been selected by the Belgian Ministry of Defence to provide integrated FM services on two military bases.
The Belgian subsidiary of Serco was awarded the contract to provide an integrated range of FM services on the Heverlee and Meerdaal military bases, near Leuven.
The contract is valued at 30 million over a 10-year period.
This is the first time that the Belgian Ministry of Defence has outsourced the full management of the installations of a military base to a private company and will enable the military to return 61 soldiers to front line military services and concentrate on its core mission.
Serco will provide an integrated range of 11 FM services including maintenance of buildings and infrastructure facilities, accommodation, pest control, winter services, landscaping, cleaning and restoration. All of these are being co-ordinated through a one-stop help desk and the introduction of innovative catering and 'Topdesk' apps for smart phones. This contract will create 30 new jobs for people recruited from the Leuven region.