In partnership with Capita and PA Consulting, AECOM has entered into a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to manage the UK’s national and international defence estate portfolio. The overall contract has a value of approximately £400 million, or $670 million, to the partnership over the ten-year base period.

As the strategic business partner for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), the partnership is responsible for strategic disposal of sites, allocation of assets and construction and maintenance of estate infrastructure in the UK and abroad. This includes military bases, accommodation for service personnel and their families and training facilities.

Functions delivered by the team include hard and soft facilities management, workforce planning and transformation, utilities management, project and programme delivery and strategic asset management.

In total, DIO manages assets worth more than £21 billion and maintains over 45,000 buildings, 50,000 houses and 135,000 bed spaces for the UK Armed Forces. The estate, totalling some 230,000 hectares, represents one per cent of the UK landmass, making MoD one of the largest landowners in the country. MoD also has the use of some 220,000 hectares of private land, through a range of access agreements. The 4,900 personnel in DIO also manage UK military bases in Germany, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Belize.

The team has been tasked by the UK Government to increase efficiencies, reduce running costs and deliver best value to UK taxpayers.