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Defence Infrastructure Organisation launches new UK training estate contract

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has announced that it will develop a national prime contract worth up to £950M to manage its 240,000ha UK training estate.

The National Training Estate Prime (NTEP) contract will deliver management of training areas, camps and ranges (including air weapons ranges) in the UK when the current arrangement starts to expire in 2013.

Some sites will follow in 2014 and beyond. Key sites will include Salisbury Plain Training Area, Catterick Training Area, Sennybridge, and Otterburn.

The Defence Training Estate (DTE) supports training for an average of 9,000 military personnel per day. Services to be provided under the project will include management and operation of ranges and training areas, specialist range safety and range warden services.

They will also include built estate facilities management, accommodation services, management of the rural estate, catering, cleaning, construction, range bookings and information management.

The contract is valued at between £400M and £950M over a minimum of five years and a maximum of 10 years. It will replace the current contracts for the DTE sites.

“This is a very significant commercial opportunity which we anticipate will be of interest to a wide range of companies of all sizes and a wide variety many different sectors, including potential supply chain companies,” said Head of the NGEC programme Steve Rice.

“I am determined that through the procurement for this contract we engage all interested companies, from SMEs to prime contractors, to ensure that we deliver the best possible outcome for the military frontline.”

The contract tender notice for the NTEP will be issued to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and the Defence Contracts Bulletin (DCB) by the end of July 2011. The closing date for expressions of interest is 2 September 2011.

A list of organisations which submit expressions of interest in the contract will (with their individual permission) be made available via the online NGEC Potential Bidders Directory on the MOD website.

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