Aramark has cracked a contract win at one of the UK’s highest-profile heritage visitor attractions, Bletchley Park.
Bletchley Park, on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, was the Home of the Codebreakers during World War Two. Enigma, Lorenz and other seemingly impenetrable codes and ciphers were broken there in conditions of absolute secrecy. Aramark’s contract starts in February 2013, lasts for five years with scope to extend for a further two, and is worth approximately £5 million.
Aramark will be running ‘The Café in Hut 4’ which serves visitors and group bookings. Hut 4 was a codebreaking hut during World War Two. It housed the Naval Intelligence Section initially and then Military Section, Intelligence Exchange and Wireless Transmission co-ordination until the end of the war. A new café within the visitor centre is planned for 2014.
In addition, Aramark will be managing Bletchley Park’s on-site group booking services.
Eddie Fairish, sales director, Aramark said: “This is a great name to be working with and it’s a privilege to bring our services to a site so important in modern British history. There’s so much for people to see and do at Bletchley Park and we’ll help make sure they have a great day out.”
It is said that the codebreaking work at Bletchley Park helped shorten the Second World War by as much as two years. Operated by the Bletchley Park Trust, which was formed in 1992 to save the historic site from redevelopment, the site is also the birthplace of the modern computer.
Bletchley Park is open daily except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.