Article 15 September 2021

Kicking off a new facilities management contract with Swansea University

We’ve started a new five-year contract to deliver facilities management services for Swansea University. The contract has the option to extend for up to four more years and is worth £2.4 million a year.

We’ll deliver services, such as cleaning, waste management and grounds maintenance, across all the University’s buildings, including offices, lecture theatres and student halls. With face-to-face teaching expected to return for most students during the next academic year, these services will make buildings clean and safe for the University’s employees and students.

Sustainability will be a priority, and we’ll be committing to only using cleaning products with reduced or biodegradable packaging to help minimise the amount of single-use plastic brought onto the site. Our waste management expertise will allow us to advise the University on new initiatives to reduce the amount of waste produced across its sites.

During the first year of the contract, the fleet of vehicles on site will be switched to zero emission electric models, helping the university achieve its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2035.

Giving back to the local community will also be a key part of the contract, with Mitie committing to at least one internship every year to allow Swansea University students to combine their studies with on-the-job work experience. Mitie colleagues on this contract will also be given time to participate in the University’s volunteering activities, such as beach cleaning, to support local community projects.

Alice Woodwark, Managing Director for Communities, said:

“We’re very excited to have been chosen by Swansea University to deliver facilities management services, helping to get its buildings ready to support students and staff as they return to the campus this September. We look forward to using our sustainability expertise and experience delivering services for higher education facilities to support the University with its goal of cutting waste and reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2035.”

Ben Lucas, Associate Director of Commercial Services at Swansea University, said:

“We’re thrilled to have appointed Mitie to deliver cleaning, waste management and grounds management services here at Swansea University. The Mitie team bring broad expertise and experience in providing sustainable facilities management services and we look forward to working in partnership to make sure we continue to provide our community with the best possible on campus experience.”