Sodexo has been appointed preferred bidder for the £10.5 million per annum contract at UCL to deliver soft services to the university’s 175 academic and accommodation sites in London.
Founded in 1826, UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 12,500 staff and 41,500 students from 150 different countries.
Sodexo has been a partner to UCL since 2014 delivering catering, hospitality and food retail services and in 2017 extended this contract to include food provision at UCL’s catered accommodation sites.
The initial contract period of five years, is due to start on 1 November, and will include management and delivery of all cleaning, waste management and porterage services.
Sodexo will make quality improvements from day one, with investments in people and equipment. This will include Sodexo employing a sustainability and waste manager to help drive innovation and support UCL’s clear focus on reducing the impact of its estate.
Duncan Palmer, Director, UCL Accommodation said: “UCL is a world-class institution and it is essential we have the right partners to maintain our physical assets and deliver an excellent experience to students and staff. Sodexo has been a partner to UCL since 2014 and brings a wealth of experience, credibility, and strategic thinking that complements our approach to achieve our ambitious vision.”
The contract will see Sodexo welcome over six hundred employees who will be transferred to the business via TUPE.