Hertfordshire appoints O&G in £55m deal

Office & General confirmed as new facilities services provider for University of Hertfordshire in a contract worth more than £55m

O&G, a part of the Tenon Group of companies, secured the deal to deliver a full facilities service following a seven-month Competitive Procurement process.

The University of Hertfordshire is located in Hatfield and has two main campuses, College Lane and de Havilland, which are situated less than a kilometre apart and are home to approximately 25,000 students studying in ten schools.

The work won encompasses the whole University estate and includes planned and reactive maintenance, statutory compliance work as well as services ranging from grounds maintenance and cleaning to hygiene, pest control and helpdesk services. The contract will run for 10 years.

The procurement process focused on delivering a number of University ‘must haves’, which included Control (the University wanted students and staff to feel like they were receiving services from University staff), seamless service with continuous improvement, a strong identity and University of Hertfordshire branded facilities service, risk/reward, a student and staff first approach, flexibility and certainty of price. 

A number of outcomes are expected to be delivered over the life of the partnership, including over £1m of investment from O&G, establishing a bespoke customer services training centre, cutting edge technology and equipment, a dedicated CAFM system, an MBA and training placement programme and investment in student led business ventures.

Andrew May, Director of Estates, Hospitality and Contract Services at the University of Hertfordshire said: “As well as improving the quality of service delivery, O&G are able to make efficiency savings and introduce commitments to the partnership that are completely aligned to the University’s corporate strategy of becoming internationally renowned as the UK’s leading business facing university.”

Tim Hancock, chief executive of O&G said: “The goal is for everyone to work together with the sole aim of delivering excellence to students, staff and the wider UH community. It is an exciting prospect and a great testimony to our people and the vison of the University’s estates team.”

The University of Hertfordshire is one of the region’s largest employers with over 2,700 staff and a turnover of over £238 million.

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