By consolidating 50 contracts into six TfL said it is saving £34m

Transport for London (TfL) has announced plans to consolidate its facilities management contracts, and has revealed the five firms who will benefit from the £320m-worth of work.

TfL has merged 50 contracts, covering the provision of services and the management of its facilities, including fire protection, mechanical and electrical facilities, buildings maintenance, security and reception services, into six. The move will save £34m, it said.

TfL has awarded the five contracts to Engie Services, Interserve Facilities Management, Lanes Group and Vinci Construction UK. The new contracts, which have a total value of £320m, will last for five years with an option to extend them for a further three years.

A sixth contract, which will be for cleaning, is expected to be awarded in the summer.

The contracts include a commitment for all employees to be paid the London Living Wage and the creation of an additional 300 apprenticeship positions throughout the life of the six contracts. All of the bidders were required to submit an Equality and Diversity Plan and will be tracked on their delivery of this plan throughout the contract.

David Wylie, TfL’s chief procurement officer, said: “We are committed to making sure that our organisation is representative of the customers that it serves and inspiring the next generation into the transport industry.

“These new contracts reaffirm how both TfL and our suppliers consider skills and equality and diversity to be key priorities that we need to deliver on.”