24 May 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) has been awarded the first contract under a new government single supplier framework agreement with the UK's Home Office.
The national contract includes managing a 24/7 helpdesk, computer-aided facilities management system, performance monitoring of the supply chain and management information and reporting.
Mobilisation of services will start immediately.
KBR will act as the single point of contact and expects to receive about 40,000 requests annually, which it will manage from its National Integrated Service Centre in Swindon.
KBR's team currently manages a number of other separate support contracts from its centre, including those for the Metropolitan Police Service and London Fire Brigade.
This new Home Office contract will add to KBR's growing portfolio of property services.
Under the FM assurance framework KBR will support the Home Office to manage some 400 properties and 450,000 square metres of accommodation nationally.
The diverse estate is used by Home Office business units to deliver a range of services such as visas, immigration, and passport and border control.
The new framework approach was introduced by Crown Commercial Service (CCS) last September to simplify the procurement process for public sector entities - giving them greater flexibility and a menu of options for a wide range of support services.
Colin Kenton, managing director of KBR FM Services, said: "This new style of contracting reduces the procurement burden and enables departments to act more quickly and efficiently, while also benefiting from savings for the taxpayer."
Revenue associated with this project is estimated to be £2.6 million.