Chester University has appointed outsourcing specialist Enterprise on a three-year framework to maintain grounds and buildings on its campuses.
The university, with centres in Warrington and Chester, awarded the 'measured term contract' to the FTSE-listed group, based in Leyland, following competitive tender.
Ashley Rogers, assistant director of technical support at Chester University, said: "A similar arrangement is now in place at a number of other universities, whereby the Measured Term Contractor estimates the price for each job, referring to a national schedule of rates. The beauty of this is that pricing can be done after the event rather than wait for three quotations before work can commence.
"At the end of the month, all invoices are checked by a quantity surveyor, who also checks a random proportion of the work completed to ensure the measurements are correct."
Hill Dickinson is sole legal advisor to Chester University.