The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a £92m catering contract to Elior UK, it was announced today.
Under the terms of the seven-year deal, the caterer's Avenance Defence Contracts Division will provide catering and "soft" facilities management services for 18,000 army personnel and the wider military community.
Avenance will employ 1,200 staff to service the contract, which will run from 1 April until 31 March 2013 with options to extend the contract for a further three years.
The annual expected turnover is approximately £13m per year.
The contract encompasses catering, hotel, leisure and retail services and soft facilities management services which include accommodation cleaning, tailoring, laundry and waste disposal.
Avenance said it will be making "a considerable investment" in refurbishing existing facilities across all sites to deliver improvements, particularly within retail and leisure facilities, including shops, bars, catering outlets, bowling alley and a pub
Services will be provided within army barracks supplying the following sites:
Bovington and Lulworth Garrison
HQ Land Command, Wilton, Salisbury
HQ AG Upavon
Defence Fuels Group (DFG) West Moors
DNBCC Winterbourne Gunner
21 Signals Regiment Colerne
9 Supply Regiment Stanton St Quinton
29 Regt RLC South Cerney.
The Royal Wessex Yeomanry
The Rifle Volunteer (6th Bn The Rifles)
The Service Cotswold Centre
Various TA Units and Centres, AFCOs, UOTCs, museums and other small locations across the south west of England
By Daniel Thomas