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Contracts: Editor's choice of recent partnerships

18 August 2014

Here's a round up of the latest contracts including partnerships undertaken by the Environment Agency (see image), TNT Express, Edinburgh College, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and Charlton Athletic

Environment Agency keeps its defences up

Editor's Choice Contract:
Environment Agency awards contract for upkeep of defence assets

The Environment Agency (EA) has awarded IPL and Manhattan Atrium a £9m framework contract to implement a new system to manage the upkeep of its flood and coastal defence assets. The first phase of work will be to implement Manhattan Atrium’s enterprise asset management system, which will transform and streamline the management of these vital assets.

The four-year programme will enable the EA to focus more funds on the upkeep of these crucial assets by reducing the administrative cost of maintenance planning, delivery and reporting. The EA has over 150,000 flood and coastal defence assets across England, and the system will give it a single view of maintenance activity nationwide, enabling it to create efficiently prioritised schedules based on local need and available funding.

The programme will be delivered by IPL, a full-service IT organisation and Manhattan Atrium, which specialises in the development, implementation and support of a fully-integrated enterprise asset management system. As prime contractor, IPL will manage the project, and provide business intelligence and Java development expertise to build the links between Manhattan Atrium’s off-the-shelf asset management platform and other EA systems.

Manhattan Atrium will provide its standard enterprise asset management product and associated implementation services, including configuration management workshops and subsequent product configuration, data loading, provision of interfaces, product hosting and software training courses.

By enabling the EA to manage its maintenance through a central system, the EA will be able to produce more up-to-date reports on the condition of assets, and manage short-, medium- and long-term maintenance schedules more effectively.

Jim Barlow, deputy director of asset performance and engineering at the EA, said: “I’m looking forward to working with IPL and Manhattan Atrium to implement its proven enterprise asset management system which will enable the EA to adopt latest industry best practices and help us make step changes in the way we plan and deliver our services for the community.”

Paul Jobbins, CEO at IPL added: “As recent events prove, this programme is of huge national importance. We’re pleased the EA has selected IPL to deliver it. We look forward to bringing our long-established expertise in creating business-critical business systems to this high-profile programme to create something exceptional.”

Shepherd FM
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Shepherd FM has rubber-stamped a deal to deliver mechanical and electrical maintenance to TNT Express. The partnership will see Shepherd FM deliver a tailored ‘hub-and-spoke’ solution, combining resident and mobile engineering teams, across TNT Express’ vast network of more than 70 UK sites as well as its UK head office in the Midlands. Simon Harper, TNT Express director of operations, said: “We greatly appreciated Shepherd FM’s different approach which includes a dedicated account manager for the life of the contract. Having so many locations throughout the UK with a wide range of heating, air-conditioning and electrical maintenance requirements, Shepherd FM’s forward-thinking solutions proved the best option.”

ISS Facility Services
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ISS Facility Services has won a contract to provide ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ FM services to Edinburgh College, Scotland. Edinburgh College was formed in 2012 following the merger of Edinburgh’s Telford, Jewel & Esk and Stevenson Colleges. ISS services will cover four main campuses and five satellite sites, delivering a mixture of support functions including cleaning, maintenance, security and landscaping. This award, which commences 1 August 2014, means ISS Education has retained its cleaning contract with the College and added additional sites and services. Chris McDougall, head of resources and facilities at Edinburgh College, said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership, the first total FM contract the college has entered. We’re looking forward to developing the relationship, which will involve the ISS team working closely with our own in-house staff.”

McLaren CAFM Explorer
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McLaren CAFM Explorer has been awarded the CAFM service contract for 99p Stores. Launched in 2001, 99p Stores has grown at an exceptional rate, with the 200th store opened in 2012. The company has matured in the recession and flourished, moving to a new 375,000ft2 distribution centre in Northampton to meet the demand of over 100 million annual shoppers. 99p Stores selected CAFM Explorer to help streamline its multisite FM requirements, using the feature-rich software suite for greater control and reporting across its stores.

Incentive FM
Incentive FM has further extended its relationship with property management company Jones Lang Lasalle, after having been awarded a contract for Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool. Middleton Grange Shopping Centre covers an area of over 550,000ft2 and contains 140 stores, including leading names on the UK high street, as well as an indoor market. It has a car park with 1,200 spaces. Under the terms of the deal, Incentive FM will provide a TFM solution at the centre including responsibility for security, cleaning, waste, and mechanical and electrical services. The 50-strong FM team will transfer to Incentive FM under TUPE.

Axis Cleaning and Support Services
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Charlton Athletic FC
Axis Cleaning and Support Services, part of Axis Group and supplier of commercial cleaning services, has been chosen by Charlton Athletic FC to help ensure the club’s grounds and stadium are clean and welcoming for fans and visitors throughout the 2014/15 the season. The partnership will begin at the beginning of August, with a pre-season clean of The Valley Stadium, in time for the mid-August start of the season. Initially, Axis Cleaning and Support Services will be required to provide extensive preparations of the stadium for match days covering seating areas, access points and all external concourses, using its specialist experience in stadium cleaning as well as providing support during and after matches.

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