East Midlands repairs and maintenance deal has big savings potential

23 June 2011

23 June 2011 | Angeline Albert   

Public sector organisations in the East Midlands could save as much as £2.5 million over the next four years by taking advantage of a repairs and maintenance framework agreement.

Six contractors have been selected to be on the framework which is for members of the East Midlands Property Alliance (EMPA), a consortium of 38 public sector organisations.  

The framework, which will be launched on 4 July, will enable the group to buy repairs and maintenance services without each having to go through a costly and time-consuming procurement process. Projects worth £10,000-£350,000 are part of the agreement which covers a range of services from 24-hour emergency call out repairs to planned maintenance

The six contractors are Willmott Dixon Partnerships, Kier Support Services, Robert Woodhead, Enterprise Managed Services, Derbyshire County Council and Oliveti Consortia. 

A mini-competition between these contractors will be carried out before an order for work is placed under the framework. It is hoped the agreement will be used by not only EMPA’s member organisations but other public sector bodies including universities, police forces and NHS trusts.   

Alan Coole, development director for EMPA’s managing agent Scape Systems Build, which is owned by six local authorities, said: “Public sector budgets are continuing to shrink so it is more important than ever that the wider public sector take steps to make savings in all aspects of their work. Our role as a local authority-controlled company and managing agent for EMPA is to develop a range of frameworks which will enable their property teams to operate their services in a more efficient and cost effective way.”

Mick Williamson, managing director for Willmott Dixon, said: “We believe the efficiency gains made available through the framework will be important in making public sector funding go further. We are excited by the challenge of delivering efficient and cost effective services to public sector organisations operating in the East Midlands.”

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