Amey and Carillion have been named preferred bidders for £500M of framework contracts to carry out maintenance and facilities management services across public sector prisons for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
The new providers are expected to start delivering services on 1 June 2015 following a period of mobilisation. The contracts will run for an initial five years with the option of a two year extension.
Each company was selected for two separate geographical areas, making a total of four regions covering more than 130 Prisons across the whole of England and Wales.
Amey will be responsible for delivery of works in Lot 1, covering the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside, as well as Lot 2, covering the East Midlands, West Midlands and Wales.
Meanwhile Carillion will provide services in London and East of England prisons (Lot 3) and also in the South West, South Central and Kent and Sussex under its Lot 4 framework contract.
As part of the framework deals, each firm is expected to carry out maintenance, works and building projects, management of prison stores, waste disposal and collection, energy and environmental management and cleaning services. They will also be responsible for escorting of contractors and their vehicles to public sector prisons across England and Wales.
Naming of the preferred bidders follows a competition process that is expected to save taxpayers around £115M over a 5 year period.
The competition was announced in June 2013 and formally launched in January 2014, as part of Government’s programme of work to drive down costs and improve outcomes across the prison estate without compromising public safety.