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The contractor Sodexo has a contract with the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) to provide an integrated asset and estates management service. The contract is for an initial five years with a total turnover of £60m-plus, described as the largest contract of its type in the UK public sector.
Sodexo, as the integrator, will be responsible for managing the service providers, who are contracted by DWP to provide facilities management, security, and project and lease and landlord management. Sodexo says that it will provide insight and advice to inform investment and service delivery decisions about the DWP estate and assets. With more than 900 properties across the UK, including head offices and Jobcentres, this is one of the largest portfolios in the UK.
Mark Seastron, CEO, Defence and Government Services, Sodexo UK and Ireland said: “We are very proud to be working with the DWP and applaud their ambition and capability to design a market leading model. This contract represents the way forward for asset and estates management which enables our customers with large, geographically dispersed property portfolios to focus on running their business whilst we concentrate on assisting them manage their estate.
“We will help the DWP to maximise their property assets to deliver on-going savings across their estate and ensure that all service providers deliver to high standards.”
And Max Curzon-Hope, DWP Estates Target Operating Model Lead said: “We are pleased to have appointed Sodexo as our Estates Supply Chain Integrator. We look forward to working with them to deliver a great service for our people and customers and build on the successes and achievements of the past.”
Sodexo’s scope will include over 20 services; the contractor will provide management information, knowledge and advice ranging from supplier performance, finance, business continuity, compliance and space planning to asset and health and safety management and helpdesk services.
The contract was awarded to Sodexo’s Government Services division and will start with an initial nine months’ transitional phase and then will become fully deployed on Sunday, April 1, 2018.