Sodexo, the multinational services company, has won a £15.7 million contract to provide retail catering and hospitality services at University College London (UCL) for the next three-and-a-half years.
Founded in 1826, UCL is England’s third oldest university and draws students from 155 countries across the globe.
Sodexo has been commissioned by UCL to provide food services at the University’s Bloomsbury campus in the capital, where its services will include retail catering, vending and hospitality services to 25,000 students and 9,000 university staff from 26 January.
Internationally inspired menus and eclectic, casual dining offers, with a focus on innovation and sustainability, are being planned by a dedicated Sodexo culinary team. As part of its commitment to quality, variety and diversity, Sodexo will introduce specially selected independent pop-up and street food providers as guest vendors. The aim is for a range of different offers and small to medium-sized food enterprises to come together to provide a unique and diverse campus experience.
The three-and-a-half year contract, which is worth £15.7 million in total or £4.5 million per annum, has two one-year extension options.
David M Smith, UCL’s head of facilities, stated:
“We look forward to working with Sodexo which will provide a range of offerings and price bandings, additional vending machines, fine dining for events and extended opening hours to suit staff and student work and study patterns. Additionally, Sodexo has excellent green credentials, supporting UCL’s sustainable food policy.”
This latest contract win comes just a year after Sodexo secured a five-year £25 million catering and hospitality deal with Brunel University, one of the largest of its type within the university market. Jane Bristow, managing director of Sodexo Education, said:
“We are delighted that an institution as prestigious as UCL has chosen Sodexo to provide its catering and hospitality services. This latest success is testament to our agility and expertise in identifying ways to meet the complex and diverse needs of clients in the university sector.”
The contract will see Sodexo providing a bursary fund to support work placements for UCL students. Also planned are a range of carbon reduction schemes along with innovative software that will measure the consumption of electricity in all catering outlets across the UCL estate.