Wakefield Council has embraced the addition of two new specialist providers to manage certain aspects of its property and facilities functions.

The contract for the Council’s facilities management function has been granted to Robertson, a prominent family-owned construction, infrastructure, and support services business in the UK. Robertson is renowned as one of the largest entities in this sector.

Gleeds will oversee the Council’s Professional Services functions. As an international property and construction consultancy, Gleeds boasts extensive experience working with local governments. The transition to these new providers commenced on October 31st, marking the conclusion of the seven-year contract with Equans.

Cllr Les Shaw, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources and Property, said: “We are pleased to confirm our new partnerships with Robertson and Gleeds. We welcome their expertise to help us deliver the transformation of our property and facilities management services.

“This new approach will give us the control and flexibility we need, whilst also benefitting from the knowledge and expertise of specialists in these areas.”

The Facilities Management contract awarded to Robertson refers to the physical structures and covers the building services for the Council’s estate, as well as providing a 24-hour facilities management Help Desk. This contract provides these services to schools, if they choose to buy them.

Adrian Mole, Managing Director at Robertson Facilities Management, said: “As the selected delivery partner for all hard services, our focus will be on ensuring that Wakefield Council has an excellently maintained estate that will provide occupants with high-quality environments.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the new employees, who will bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge of the council’s estate. This previous knowledge will be a huge benefit to Team Robertson as we deliver best in class, transformation services.”

Paul Mann, North England Regional Director for Gleeds, said: “Gleeds’ work in partnership with central and local government agencies such as DfE, Homes England, and locally, West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and North England will stand us in good stead to take on Wakefield Council’s Professional Services functions over the next three years.

“Our focus will be on delivering value-for-money property solutions, with a significant commitment to social value for the local community.

“Welcoming new employees means we can combine vital local knowledge and experience with Gleeds’ own expertise and strength in depth. We have embedded a PMO team into Wakefield One Council offices, and we look forward to getting started on delivering the first of the Capital Delivery Programme priority projects in the months ahead.”

Services brought back in-house include soft facilities management services, addressing the day-to-day operations of buildings. This team manages logistics, oversees the execution of planned projects, and handles the sale, leasing, and tenancy of Council buildings, as well as any acquisitions made by the Council.