Construction manager Bovis and facilities management specialist Dalkia have joined forces in a bid to win a bumper package of work from BT.

The two firms were on a longlist of 14 construction industry suppliers for BT’s Project Jaguar in August. But BT told the suppliers that they should form alliances to provide “best in class” performance in all skills.

Bovis main board director Doug Chalmers said the alliance was prompted by BT’s suggestion. “We talked to a number of companies on the list and plumped for Dalkia because of its FM and energy management expertise,” he said.

Bovis’ move follows contractor Mansell’s link-up with longlisted company WS Atkins and M&E contractor Drake & Scull.

BT’s Project Jaguar manager Sion Latter said he was glad that the companies were working together, and admitted that this is what he hoped would happen. “If the bidders aren’t best in class, they can forget it,” said Latter.

He explained that the longlisted companies had prequalified for a package of facilities management and maintenance work worth £160m a year. He added that the work would eventually be split between just two, three or four companies.

The longlist now comprises: Amec; Bovis/Dalkia; Carillion; Citex/Mace; HBG/NG Bailey; Mowlem; Johnson Controls; Kier; Mansell/WS Atkins/Drake & Scull; Mitie; Morgan Sindall; Regus; Servus; and Taylow Woodrow.