Blue Light Call Out for Eric Wright Facilities Management Team

Preston-based Eric Wright Facilities Management (EWFM), part of the Eric Wright Group, has been awarded a contract to service 16 PFI fire stations across the North West over the next 18 years.

The team, which is based at Bamber Bridge in Preston, has been appointed as a subcontractor by ENGIE Services Limited and Balfour Beatty under the partnership’s PFI arrangement.

They will service stations located across Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria all of which have been designed, built, financed and are operated by Balfour Beatty Investments. They range in size from a single appliance fire station to multi-appliance stations with additional garaging for special equipment. Some of the sites also include training facilities and office space.

As part of the contract EWFM will deliver a range of services which include both hard and soft FM services including service desk operation, statutory compliance, planned and reactive maintenance, energy management, grounds maintenance, vending, cleaning and janitorial services.

The Eric Wright team has also transferred, under TUPE regulations, 7 team members including a technical services supervisor, engineers and caretaker from ENGIE into EWFM as well as 18 staff to cleaning sub-contractor Future Cleaning Services.

Kate Bailey, senior business development manager for EWFM, added: “Providing facilities management to the emergency services sector is an exciting new challenge for us and, together with the education and healthcare markets, we see it as a significant future growth area for the business. To be appointed on our largest contract to date in this area over an 18 year period is testament to the knowledge and skills we have in our team.”

EWFM also delivers Facilities Management services to Lancashire County Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Manchester College, Bilfinger Industrial Automation Services and One Partnership, a public–private partnership which connects health, social care and housing.

Established in 2002, EWFM is one of the country’s most innovative FM providers delivering a full range of estate services including management of all assets and staff under TUPE regulations.

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