ENGIE has been awarded a Total Facilities & Property Management contract by Wakefield Council for a period of 10 years.
The contract will deliver a minimum saving of £10m over the life of the partnership through the modernisation of services, implementation of energy reduction initiatives and improved management of the Council’s property portfolio.
Encompassing a wide range of facilities and energy management services* across 500 council buildings and more than 100 schools, the new partnership will see 800 staff transferring from the council under TUPE regulations. ENGIE has also committed to creating 130 apprenticeships and 500 days of work experience, as well as setting up a social enterprise and ensuring that 60% of procurement is with local SME companies. In parallel, ENGIE will be developing strong links with Wakefield College and with Nova Wakefield, the support agency for voluntary and community groups in the Wakefield area.
Cllr David Dagger, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, commented: “This new partnership will enable staff, customers and services to benefit from private sector expertise and investment, with £1.5m investment in staff training already guaranteed by ENGIE.
“It will also bring improvement, sustainability, and growth for these services, protection for jobs and new opportunities for staff, while helping the Council to make significant savings,” he continued.
Wilfrid Petrie, CEO of ENGIE UK & Ireland added: “ENGIE already has 15 major partnerships with cities and local authorities; spanning facilities management, energy supply & management, energy infrastructure services and ‘smart government’. Through our experience of working with these organisations, we are ideally positioned to bring significant benefits to the people of Wakefield. We look forward to working closely with our new partners and realising the opportunities this new relationship presents.”
Left to right: Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services – Wakefield Council, Joanne Roney OBE, CEO Wakefield Council and Wilfrid Petrie CEO ENGIE UK & Ireland.