Infrastructure services and engineering company Amey has secured two contracts with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to maintain Service Family Accommodation (SFA) across its Central and Northern regions. The contracts, which fall under the Regional Accommodation Maintenance Services (RAMS) element of the Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS), will run for seven years with an option to extend for an additional three.
FDIS, which is the largest Facilities Management (FM) procurement currently running across Europe, aims to change the way FM is delivered to SFA occupants and increase value for money to the taxpayer. In addition to the core services, which include housing maintenance, the contracts will deliver improvement projects and refurbishment work to approximately 25,000 properties.
The contract award follows Amey successfully delivering maintenance solutions under National Housing Prime – procured under the Next Generation Estates contract in 2014. Amey’s defence team will work with the DIO to provide enhanced services, as outlined within the new FDIS requirement, through collaborative working and improved data management.
RAMS will support more than 500 jobs within Amey and its key supply chain partners in both the Central and Northern regions. New ways of working will provide opportunities for flexible employment, meaning members of the military community, parents, and carers will be able to access jobs. This will translate into more choice and flexibility for people living in SFA.
Craig McGilvray, Managing Director of Amey Secure Infrastructure, said:
“We recognise the important role housing plays to military personnel and are committed to providing an enhanced service that not only improves living standards but contributes to thriving communities.
“Supporting and sustaining regional and local supply chain partners remains a core part of Amey’s agenda and we are pleased that our delivery model will support specialist contractors across Britain including Northern Ireland.”
Air Commodore James Savage, DIO Head of Accommodation, said:
“Accommodation is such an important part of family life for Servicemen and women, which is why we collaborated closely with representatives of our Service personnel and their families to develop these contracts and ensure that their needs are fully considered.
“These new contracts offer the opportunity to break decisively from the past and to build on the commitments made by all suppliers to innovate and deliver more responsive and flexible services to the Armed Forces and their families.”