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12 September 2011
| Helen Gilbert
universities and further education colleges are to benefit from what is
believed to be the first joint framework agreement for Estates Maintenance Services
in the sector.
LondonUniversities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC), which counts the London School of
Economics and Political Science, and Goldsmiths, University of London among its
members, embarked upon the deal after analysing the high level spend areas of
OJEU-compliant agreement runs for three years and covers mechanical and
electrical maintenance, lift maintenance, asbestos and water compliance
services, as well as a 'one stop shop' for members that wish to engage a single
firm to provide all their fabric and mechanical and engineering services.
Director of LUPC Andy
Davies said the consortium was able to identify new collaborative framework
agreement opportunities thanks to a system by supply management software
provider BravoSolution, which categorised high level summary spend data.
He told SM: "BravoSolution could see we
wanted a low-cost solution for the consortium to get high level spend
information to allow us to spot opportunities. For the first time, the London
academy has the ability to call a maintenance provider without having to go
through a lengthy process. The
estate managers in the universities won't have to go through the EU procurement
process because we've done that."
LUPC is also launching a new, shared e-sourcing portal
at the end of October.