Opex Consulting have been supporting UK and European contractors bidding activities for over 19 years, including within many UK procurement models such as; PFI, BSF, LIFT, PPP. Our first PFI involvement was in 1995 on early prison sector and healthcare projects. Our experience then moved into the schools programme and to date Opex have worked on over 500 PFI schools. After this followed LIFT where we have front line experience on over 40 schemes and then most recently in BSF where we have now worked in varying capacities on 15 separate schemes.
Opex has an in-depth understanding and experience of PFI contracting, having worked on well over 100 PFI projects including many healthcare projects.
FM Bidding Services are core business for Opex and we are regularly asked to undertake. Our experience straddles both public (PFI/BSF/LIFT) and private (FM/TFM) sector clients and we believe this offers our clients significant additional benefit and should add value to this commission.
Our healthcare experience spans from single building PCT premises and health centres to large single site or multi-site acute hospital facilities both in the UK and Europe.
If you’re interested and would like to have a look at some of our previous work within the healthcare sector click here.
Our experience goes back to the first secondary school awarded at Colfox school in Dorset and since this time have worked on several hundred schools (over 440 at last count) as single, small bundles, or in the case of for example Glasgow and Kirkless large bundles exceeding £1bn in deal value. Many of these bidding services projects have been successful, but we highlight the Northampton Centre for Learning by way of example, where interestingly we lead the FM from the PQQ stage through to the Financial Close for both the SPV (Kajima) and the FM Co (MITIE). We were even involved with the Council in the selection of the new school’s Principal!
Caroline Chisham School – this is a fairly unique, all-through 4-19 school for 1,700 primary and secondary aged children and sits on a 44 acre green field site on the outskirts of Northampton. Also, known as the Wooldale Centre for Learning, it includes; a public library, 50 place nursery and extensive community services. The contract closed in March 2003, the capital value was £24m and the contract was for 25 years and was nominated for the Public Private Finance Awards in 2006.
To date we have worked on many BSF deals in varying capacities. Schemes where we have lead or had a significant role in the FM bidding are; STAG, Kent and Birmingham, with the Kent (IiC, Land Securities Trillium, MITIE) bid being successful.
Kent BSF – this was a Wave 3 tender and the contract closed in October 2008, the capital value for the initial 12 schemes (3 PFIs and 7 D&Bs) considered was £200m and the contract was for 25 years. Following these schools, a further 21 schools were planned in streams 3 to 6. Opex drafted the full FM tender return and developed all annual costing models and liaised with LST on their lifecycle development.
To view some of our previous work within the education sector click here.
We have worked on a number of Bluelight schemes in a variety of capacities. Other than the early prison schemes, we have provided commercial support on a wide range of Police PFIs such as; Cheshire, Gloucester, Southampton, and Gloucester Custody Centres and Operational Accommodation facilities. We were also part of the Intrakat consortium bidding for the new Piraeus Police HQ in Athens. More recently we have provided clientside commercial support for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service from 2012 to 2018.
If you’d like to read about our work at the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service click here.