The NHS’s property company is preparing to award 50 contracts worth £160 million for managing and maintaining office and primary care facilities across the country.
An NHS spokeswoman told FM World that NHS Property Services was due to finalise the deals before the start of the 2016/17 financial year.
The 50 national contracts that will run across England will replace 2,300 agreements with 1,000 different suppliers that the firm inherited from primary care trusts (PCTs).
Before 2013, PCTs owned the assets and frequently entered into local outsource deals for FM functions.
New contracts are being tendered for:
- Hard facilities management (building fabric);
- Hard facilities management (mechanical and electrical);
- Pest control, fumigation and disinfecting services;
- Domestic and cleaning services;
- Feminine hygiene (waste disposal); and
- Gardens and landscaping.
There will also be new national contracts for security and waste, asbestos services, and health and safety services.
These will be procured through government frameworks rather than through an open tender, the NHS confirmed.
The contracts will affect buildings owned by NHS Property Services, which are mainly NHS offices, and primary care and community health service facilities.
As a portfolio across England, the firm’s assets are worth an estimated £3.5 billion.
The NHS spokeswoman added that the bodies concerned are in “a legally enforced ‘stand-still’ period at the moment” so no more details were available.
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