The seven year deal was won following an extensive tendering process which began in December last year. Patient and public catering, cleaning and portering services were previously provided by Sodexo as part of its 25% share in the hospital's 38 year private finance initiative (PFI).
The contract came out to open tender after the Trust carried out a benchmarking process, as demanded every seven years by PFI rules, and felt there was enough cause to warrant going down the market-test route.
Compass is expected to begin services on site from 16 December this year.
Steve Cenci, business director of Medirest, said: "We are delighted to be supplying services for King's and we look forward to a long and positive partnership."
Over 700 Medirest employees will be based at the hospital to provide services for patients and staff.
By Janie Stamford
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