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Procurement: prime contracts

This spring Defence Estates will begin inviting tenders for 13 regional prime contracts. Combining maintenance, capital works and facilities management, the packages range in value from £50M to £400M. Many of the areas will require the contractor to provide for more than one MoD service. Areas will be let to a single contractor, providing a one-stop-shop for a five year period. Contracts will be reviewed, with compulsory re-bidding, every five years. Because of the size and complexity of the prime contracts - in Scotland, for example, Defence Estates owns more than 400 sites - the tender period is two years.

Discrete capital works projects will continue to be let to meet immediate MoD needs, alongside the one-stop-shop contracts. Pearson says that these may be added to the agreed works contract with corresponding 'top-up' fee adjustment. However, projects can be carried out as stand-alone prime contracts with the contractor kept on to manage the facility for a full compliance period before it is integrated as part of the one-stop-shop.

Scotland (excluding the Clyde). Value £200M-£300M.

Invitation to tender spring/summer 2000. Prime contractor to be appointed 2002.

The Clyde. Value £80M-100M.

Invitation to tender summer 2000. Prime contractor to be appointed 2002.

Borders to Sheffield. Value £300M-400M.

Invitation to tender spring/ summer 2001. Prime contractor to be appointed 2003.

Shires. £250M.

Invitation to tender late 2001. Prime contractor to be appointed 2003- 4. West Midlands. £150M-£200M.

Invitation to tender summer/ autumn 2002. Prime contractor to be appointed 2004.

Wales. £50M-£80M.

Invitation to tender spring 2002. Prime contractor to be appointed 2004.

East Anglia (including US air bases). £200M-£250M.

Invitation to tender summer/autumn 2000. Prime contractor to be appointed 2002.

South East England. £200M-£250M.

Invitation to tender summer 2002. Prime contractor to be appointed 2004.

Thames. £100M-£150M.

Invitation to tender spring 2002. Prime contractor to be appointed 2004.

Buckinghamshire

Invitation to tender summer 2001. Prime contractor to be appointed 2003.

Central & Southern England. £400M-£500M.

Invitation to tender summer 2002. Prime contractor to be appointed 2004.

South West England. £200M-£300M.

Invitation to tender summer 2002. Prime contractor to be appointed 2004.

Devon & Cornwall. £200M-£300M.

Invitation to tender summer 2001. Prime contractor to be appointed 2003.

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