Merseyside Police awards £7m facilities contract

A £7m contract to provide facilities management at the new Merseyside Police headquarters and a further 78 buildings has been awarded to a Salford-based business. Tony McDonough reports

Merseyside Police
The new £48m Merseyside Police headquarters close to Scotland Road

 

Merseyside Police has awarded a £7m facilities management contract to Salford-based BAM FM.

As part of the deal, BAM FM will provide facilities management for the force’s new £48m headquarters just outside Liverpool city centre which was opened in October 2021. They will also manage a further 78 police buildings across Merseyside.

Under the terms of two separate three-year contracts (extendable by an additional two years) BAM FM will deliver 24/7 electrical and mechanical maintenance services including proactive and reactive projects.

The scope for both contracts will also extend to planned preventative maintenance and small project refurbishments and alterations. Services provided will also include helpdesk, computer-aided facility management (CAFM) and administrative services.

BAM FM operations director – north, Rob Smith, said: “BAM’s experience in the law and order sector, and other blue light services, makes us a good fit for a major client such as Merseyside Police.

“The strong strategic fit will deliver for them not only our exceptional standards of service and responsiveness, but top class sustainability tools, energy advice and social value measures that will enhance and support their ability to go about such vital work for the public.”

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Elsewhere in the North of England BAM FM delivers services for Cheshire Police and under a PFI agreement for Derby Police. Another blue light client is West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, while it also works for Phoenix House, an MOD client.

Merseyside Police’s new headquarters saw 650 officers and staff, including the force’s top brass, move out of its previous home in Canning Place. It also relocated 350 people from an office in Brunswick Dock and 100 from Lower Lane police station.

It is claimed the new building will save the force £250,000 a year in running costs. When it was opened, Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable Serena Kennedy called it “an absolutely amazing building”.

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