ISS Facility Services Landscaping wins 'UK's largest' grounds maintenance contract

ISS Facility Services Landscaping has won grounds maintenance contracts servicing military properties which could be worth up to £100 million.

Phil Jones with Chelsea Pensioners, CEO of Gardening Leave Heather Budge-Reid and cadets at the ISS-built garden for veterans
Phil Jones with Chelsea Pensioners, CEO of Gardening Leave Heather Budge-Reid and cadets at the ISS-built garden for veterans

The company, which says the deal is the UK’s largest grounds maintenance win to date, will look after grounds maintenance and other tasks including sports, airfield, snow and ice clearance and arboriculture, for more than 250 Ministry of Defence sites including Sandhurst, Horse Guards, Britannia Naval College, RAF Lyneham and Catterick Garrison.

The award is for the central, south west and south east Regional Prime, Next Generation Estates Contracts and will see ISS Facility Services Landscaping continue its long term partnership with prime contractor CarillionAmey.

The new wins are estimated to be worth around £50 million over the initial contract period of five years, which can be extended by a further five years subject to approval, potentially doubling the income for the company.

The Guildford-based ISS division has added to existing Housing Prime and Regional Prime Scotland contracts with the MOD and is now responsible for delivering grounds maintenance on five Next Generation Estates Contracts.

The new contracts, which started on 1 February, saw 500 staff transferred over from the previous contractors to ISS Facility Services Landscaping, the UK’s largest grounds maintenance contractor with 1500 core and 100 seasonal staff who operate from over 40 depots and office.

Managing director Phil Jones said: "The award of these contracts is a major landmark for both ISS and the grounds maintenance industry as a whole.

"They are also an opportunity for us to further demonstrate our commitment to the Armed Forces community. ISS Facility Services Landscaping is the founder member of the Garden Support Team for Gardening Leave, a charity which helps veterans with mental health issues on the road back to health and civilian life by providing horticultural therapy within walled gardens.

"Our main focus will be to ensure that we continue to deliver the right culture of continuous improvement, efficiencies, and value for money to CarillionAmey and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

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