Fifteen-year deal covers 186 properties and could 'signficantly exceed' initial contract price

Facilities management company Interserve has won a £500m contract with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs designed to make it a sustainable place to work.

Interserve said the 15-year contract covered 186 sites across England and that the ultimate value could “significantly exceed” the £500m initial price. Existing facilities management staff working at Defra and it’s agencies will transfer to Interserve under the deal.

The firm said the contract went beyond a traditional facilities management contract, with Interserve also providing a detailed assessment of building layouts and occupancy, and quality of accommodation.

It has also been asked to embed “sustainable” procurement in to the delivery of management services, with carbon emissions reduction a key goal. Part of this will be to expand and improve combined heat and power systems at Defra properties.