Jarvis will build the new school and provide facilities management services when it opens. This includes maintenance, catering, running computer systems and school dinner supervision. The company can also earn extra income by charging for the use of school buildings and sports facilities outside school hours.
Unlike many other construction companies involved in the PFI, Jarvis is acting alone, rather than forming a joint venture with a building contractor or facilities manager. This is a deliberate move designed to reduce tension within the concession company. 'All of the services will come from within the Jarvis group so if I have to make a decision it can be made on the basis of whole life costs,'
He believes that consortia on other projects can run into problems if members include separate facilities management and construction companies. This can result in the contractor members pushing for cheap construction while the facilities managers are keener to build more expensively if this helps minimise long term maintenance costs.