Article 14 June 2021

We’ve won a seven-year maintenance contract on the Future Defence Infrastructure Services programme

The team in Central Government and Defence has won a new seven-year contract to deliver maintenance services on the Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) programme for sites across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The contract, awarded by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is worth up to £646 million over seven years, including project and billable works. It builds on our existing DIO contract and our commitment to support the British Armed Forces.

We’ll deliver grounds, reactive and scheduled maintenance services for 91 sites, 4,400 buildings from the Scottish borders to the Shetland Islands. The sites include historic military locations, like Edinburgh Castle and Fort George, aswell as RRH Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, and forces bases like Abercorn Barracks, RAF Kinloss and RAF Lossiemouth.​​

We’ll be making their assets are working safely and efficiently, from ground lights on airfields to critical fuel supplies, through to overseeing the safe storage of munitions and conducting hydrographic surveys to ensure sea ways are clear. Our teams will play a vital role in ensuring that everything on site is running smoothly, so that the men and women of the Armed Forces can focus on protecting our nation. 

Social value will be a focus throughout the contract as the DIO is committed to making its estate more sustainable. We’ll start by collecting data from all 91 sites on energy consumption and waste generated. We’ll then help them to identify new initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, like renewable energy or electric vehicles. Through our Landscapes services, the team will also support biodiversity, including at several sites of scientific interest.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

We’ll look to nurture the next generation of facilities management talent by rolling out apprenticeship schemes across the contract. Every team that is fixed to a specific location will have at least one apprentice, vacancies will be filled with apprentices wherever possible, and existing colleagues will be offered the opportunity to take advantage of the apprenticeship scheme to upskill where appropriate.

Technology will underpin service delivery, and we’ll be setting up a 24/7/365 helpdesk and rolling out our facilities management app, ARIA.

This new contract builds on our work supporting the Armed Forces, including providing services at overseas military bases and the UK’s defence training estate. As signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant, we hold a Gold Award on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. This recognises our support for our community of Armed Forces veterans and reservists, as well as our outreach programmes to help service leavers find new careers.

Simon Venn, Chief Government & Strategy Officer said:

“As a British business and proud supporter of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces, we are delighted to have been chosen by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to deliver maintenance services for sites across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Armed Forces play a crucial role in keeping Britain safe, so we’re proud to serve our Military by ensuring that these sites are run in the most efficient way possible so that our service men and women have the infrastructure and support they deserve and need.”

David Brewer Chief Operating Officer, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, said:

“I am pleased to announce Mitie as the successful supplier in Scotland and Northern Ireland. I look forward to working with industry leading organisations to continue the work we are doing to improve the service we deliver for our Servicemen and women. The Built Estate contracts will create and sustain thousands of jobs and protect local supply chains throughout the UK. DIO is committed to building a broader and more diverse supply base, working with both larger companies and SMEs through our supply chain to support local industry and deliver the facilities that the military need to live, work, train and deploy.”   ​​​​​​​