5 September 2014
The new FM framework agreement includes provision for Government Soft Landings (GSL) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) to be embedded into any further competition contract let.
The FM framework was published this month after a long-awaited Official Journal Of The European Union (OJEU) tender notice was issued by the government.
BIM and GSL being embedded into the framework was a development first put forward by head of facilities management policy and strategy at the Cabinet Office, Deborah Rowland at the Government's Soft Landings conference in April and reported by FM World.
At the time, Rowland said: "We are currently working on how we embed GSL into the new FM contract model and into future construction frameworks to ensure that GSL is supported. The model will go through procurement this year, so we're working on that now."
Central government departments, their arms-length bodies and the wider public sector will be able to use the agreement for the provision of FM services.
The Crown Commercial Service (CSS) took on the responsibilities of the Government Procurement Service (GPS) last year.
The government will mandate that the UK's central government departments (except the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Defence), executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies should purchase services from the sector using this Framework Agreement.