Buying Solutions, the government procurement agency based in the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, is launching a massive framework agreement for facilities management firms to handle public sector contracts in the UK and overseas.
The framework is worth between £500m and £850m and covers a mixture of so-called managemt, hard and soft services. Management includes health & safety, work permits and space management. Hard services will incorporate fabric maintenance, statutory inspections and mechanical and electrical maintenance. Soft services are such areas as catering, room booking and cleaning.
Up to eight companies will make up the framework agreement, which is due to remain in place for four years.
Buying Solutions said: "Buying Solutions is putting in place a pan government collaborative framework agreement for use by UK public sector bodies including but not limited to central government departments and their agencies, non departmental public bodies, NHS bodies and local authorities."