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Ministry of Defence announces training estate shortlist

The Ministry of Defence has this week announced, via the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), its shortlist of bidders to manage its up to £950M training estate contract.

The contract is being developed and procured under DIO’s Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) programme.

The shortlisted companies are:

  • Babcock Support Services
  • Kellogg Brown & Root and Balfour Beatty Workplace
  • Landmarc Support Services
  • Serco, BAE Systems Surface Ships and Kier Regional

The National Training Estate Prime contract covers around 200,000ha, and will provide services ranging from managing air weapons ranges to providing laundry services or clearing snow and ice.

Key sites will include Salisbury Plain Training Area, Catterick Training Area, Dartmoor, Sennybridge and Otterburn. The MOD has also created an option for elements of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association estate to be included in the contract scope.

“This contract covers a significant expanse of the Defence estate, including a wide variety of built assets, types of terrain and service outputs, requiring a first-rate prime contractor that is ready to deliver innovation and value for money,” said NGEC head of programme Steve Rice.

Supply chain activities for consideration include:

Range and training area operations: provision of range warden duties, boundary signage, safety radar and surveillance equipment, advice and guidance on use of targets and targetry, provision of target designators and scoring technologies, provision of range communications facilities, provision of portable toilets, and disposal of military debris and explosive ordnance
Rural estate management: services to the tenanted and hired estate, including rent collection, facility hirings, safeguarding activities such as responding to statutory consultations on town and country planning matters, and snow and ice clearance to maintain access to ranges
Built estate management: allocation of accommodation, planned maintenance including cleaning, caretaking, waste disposal and recycling, electrical distribution systems
Forestry and conservation: long-term management plans for forestry, conservation and include forestry harvesting, scrub clearance, pest and vermin control
Catering: provision of a full meals service (food and ingredients are supplied under a separate MOD contract) in training camp dining rooms and canteens, and packed and container meals to troops deployed on training areas
National helpdesk: setting up and operating a 24-hour service covering maintenance and repairs and range bookings, including development and installation of networked hardware system
Landscaping: maintenance of soft and hard landscaping on ranges (e.g. grass height to enable target visibility), dry stone walling ,and of existing landscaped areas and fencing in built areas
Heritage: development and implementation of long-term maintenance plans for Defence sites and assets of cultural and historical significance, and provision of archaeological services

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