25 January 2017 | Martin Read
An unusual contract that will see Servest provide full FM and technical infrastructure support to one of South Africa's most pre-eminent hospitals is set to go live later this year.
The deal is with the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital (NMCH), which will welcome patients from May. Servest will provide full FM and technical infrastructure support, self-delivering all aspects of building maintenance.
The three-year contract, to be run by 15 dedicated onsite management and technical personnel, has already been mobilised.
During this time the contractor will set up a dedicated FM company that, by 2020, will be donated to the hospital. Seen as a key part of Servest's bid, the setting up of a dedicated firm to be run by the hospital directly will see Servest continue to offer support to the teams in charge once the contract term has concluded.
Servest won the contract because of its experience with other high-profile hospital groups and capability to deliver an integrated package of services, as well to its commitment to black empowerment in South Africa.
"This is a fantastic opportunity that will give the group an impressive reference point," said Rob Legge, group CEO. "The healthcare environment is one of the targets for the UK and we know our work with such a high-profile hospital will broaden our offering across borders. We're humbled as well as proud to be associated with Mandela's legacy."