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March 2011 | Lindsay Clark
Defence Estates (DE) is to hold events to help potential
vendors understand changes to the organisation and the way it will contract in
With DE, which manages a £15.3 billion property
portfolio, set to become part of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)
from the start of next month, suppliers need to be assured of continuity in the
creation of the DE’s Next Generation
Estate Contracts (NGEC),
said Steve Rice, head of the NGEC programme.
“During this period of significant change across
government, sound engagement and communication with industry are essential to
the procurement process,” he said.
An online directory, listing details of potential
bidders to encourage collaboration between partners in the supply chain, has
also been set up.
The Ministryof Defence will hold an industry day for each prime contract, and one for each national and
each regional capital works framework – worth £50 million and £12 million each
respectively, after the expressions of interest stage of the tender. Some
subcontractors involved during this phase will also be invited.
“I am determined that through these industry days
we should be setting out our requirements clearly and openly, to ensure
potential bidders get the best possible chance to demonstrate their merits,”
Set to start from 2013, the NGECs are expected to support
maintenance, capital works and services to around 49,000 family homes and
45,000 other buildings on the defence estate.
Meanwhile, the DIO, which will ultimately take
charge of the NGECs, is expected to make an overall saving of £1.2 billion in
its first four years of operation.