The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded Mitie a new seven-year contract to deliver maintenance services on the Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) programme for sites across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The contract which has the option to be extended by a further three years, is worth up to £646 million over the seven-year term, including project and billable works.
Building on Mitie’s commitment to support the British Armed Forces, the new deal will see the FM provider deliver grounds, reactive and scheduled maintenance services for sites across Scotland and Northern Ireland, from the borders to the Shetland Islands, covering 4,400 buildings over 91 sites, ranging from historic military locations, such as Edinburgh Castle and Fort George, through to RRH Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, and forces bases like Abercorn Barracks, RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth. The services include maintenance to ensure a wide range of assets are working safely and efficiently, from ground lights on airfields to critical fuel supplies, through to overseeing the safe storage of munitions and conducting hydrographic surveys to ensure sea ways are clear.
Social value will be a focus throughout the contract. With DIO committed to making its estate more sustainable, Mitie will start by auditing all 91 sites to collect data on energy consumption and waste generated. This data will act as a baseline and be used to identify new initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, such as opportunities to install equipment to provide renewable energy or supporting the rollout of electric vehicles. Through its Landscapes services, the Mitie team will also support biodiversity across the estate, including at several sites of scientific interest.
Mitie will look to nurture the next generation of facilities management talent by rolling out apprenticeship schemes across the contract. This will include ensuring that every team that is fixed to a specific location has at least one apprentice, filling vacancies with apprentices wherever possible, and offering existing colleagues the opportunity to take advantage of the apprenticeship scheme to upskill where appropriate.
As a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, Mitie holds a Gold Award on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. This recognised Mitie’s support for its significant community of Armed Forces veterans and reservists, as well as its outreach programmes to help service leavers find new careers.
Simon Venn, Chief Government & Strategy Officer, Mitie, said:“As a British business and proud supporter of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces, we are delighted to have been chosen by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to deliver maintenance services for sites across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Armed Forces play a crucial role in keeping Britain safe, so we’re proud to serve our Military by ensuring that these sites are run in the most efficient way possible so that our service men and women have the infrastructure and support they deserve and need.”
David Brewer Chief Operating Officer, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, said: “I am pleased to announce Mitie as the successful supplier in Scotland and Northern Ireland. I look forward to working with industry leading organisations to continue the work we are doing to improve the service we deliver for our Servicemen and women. The Built Estate contracts will create and sustain thousands of jobs and protect local supply chains throughout the UK. DIO is committed to building a broader and more diverse supply base, working with both larger companies and SMEs through our supply chain to support local industry and deliver the facilities that the military need to live, work, train and deploy.”