Babcock and Serco on shortlist for contract for the management of MoD training areas, camps and weapons ranges

Four firms have been shortlisted for a new national contract to manage the Ministry of Defence’s training estate.

The Ministry of Defence’s estate management arm, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, said four bidders had now been shortlisted for the contract, which is worth up to £950m.

The contract is for the management of MoD training areas, camps and weapons ranges in the UK.

The shortlisted bidders are:

  • Babcock Support Services
  • Kellogg Brown & Root and Balfour Beatty Workplace
  • Landmarc Support Services
  • Serco BAE Systems Surface Ships and Kier Regional

The contract is being procured through the MoD’s Next Generation Estate Contracts programme, where progress on a raft of construction contracts has been delayed after Building revealed the DIO had placed the programme under review.

Steve Rice, NGEC programme head, said: “This contract covers a significant expanse of the defence estate, including a wide variety of built assets, types of terrain and service outputs, requiring a first-rate prime contractor that is ready to deliver innovation and value for money.

“I am pleased that after a thorough evaluation of evidence submitted by the bidders we have achieved a strong shortlist of contenders.

“I would now urge smaller businesses to consider where and how they might contribute within supply chains, and to start liaising directly with the bidders.”

Key sites will include Salisbury Plain Training Area, Catterick Training Area, Dartmoor, Sennybridge, and Otterburn.