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Second big facilities deal in a week

Troubled Interserve secures £140m BBC contract

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Contract covers BBC office at Pacific Quay, Glasgow (photo by Terry Murden)


Interserve, the support services and construction group which last week issued a profits warning, has won a £140 million contract with the BBC to continue providing facilities services until 2023. 

The four-year extension to the account, first awarded in 2014, will see Interserve provide facilities management services across the broadcaster’s UK estate.

The deal covers 150 sites and 560,000 m2 floorspace, including the corporation’s offices and production facilities at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, MediaCityUK in Salford and Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London.

It follows a £227 million five-year government contract a day awarded last week just a day after the company’s shares plunged 27% on a warning that profits would be lower and that it might breach its covenants.

The company will provide facilities management for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The BBC partnership covers 26 separate service lines reflecting the diversity of the BBC’s operations across its estate and the need to deliver a coordinated and positive workplace experience for employees across the organisation’s sites.

Services ranging from critical broadcast engineering, energy and utilities management through to cleaning, portering and security are tailored to specific building requirements, including the need for 24-hour operations at several locations.  

In addition to this contract, Interserve currently delivers security guarding and building contractor services for the broadcaster under separate frameworks.

Debbie White, chief executive, said that the contract extension was testament to the strong partnership between the two organisations:

Our ongoing partnership with the BBC has been built on our collaborative approach, marrying our expertise in delivering high performance workplaces with the needs of the customer’s diverse teams across its UK estate,” she said.

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