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Sodexo partners QinetiQ in £ PFI project

11 February 2009

Sodexo has joined QinetiQ as the new 50/50 equity partner in Metrix UK, the consortium appointed preferred bidder by the Ministry of Defence to manage, build and run the UK’s Defence Technical Academy (DTA).

The 30 year £12bn project is the UK’s largest PFI project and the new DTA will be the largest vocational training facility in the country. It will deliver specialist technical training to the three armed services at a purpose-built site at St Athan, South Wales.

Sodexo has been a member of the Metrix consortium since 2005, with responsibility for the provision of soft services such as catering and cleaning. Metrix UK was selected as preferred bidder for the delivery of a new Defence Technical Academy in January 2007. Sodexo previously held a non-equity position within the Metrix consortium.

Sodexo has extensive experience in the PFI market and as a partner with the MOD. The company is currently involved in 17 PFI projects across the defence, healthcare, education and correctional services sectors, providing a wide range of facilities management services.

Aidan Connolly, finance director, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to play such a significant role in one of the most important PFI programmes to date. Our involvement in this project demonstrates our continued growth as a leading provider of integrated facilities management services.”

Charles Barrington, Chairman of Metrix UK, said “We welcome Sodexo as our new partner. The Defence Technical Academy will significantly improve training to our armed forces and we are pleased to work with Sodexo in delivering this nationally important project. We are delighted that Sodexo has decided to take up LST’s position thus ensuring there is no disruption to the Defence Training Review programme, which continues to make excellent progress.”

The Defence Training Academy construction project is an estimated £1bn programme and will create 1500 jobs. Construction of the Defence Technical Academy is expected to commence in the autumn of 2010, and the facility is expected to be opened at the beginning of 2014.

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