Joint venture with Jacobs awarded Programme Delivery Partner for DE&S

Jason Martin

UK Head of Defence


In a joint venture partnership with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., we have been awarded a contract to be the Programme Delivery Partner (PDP) for Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), part of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD).

DE&S manages a vast range of complex projects to buy and support equipment and services for the efficient operation of the U.K. Armed Forces.

The U.K. businesses of Turner & Townsend and Jacobs, under the Equinox joint venture, along with TVS Supply Chain Solutions, will draw on their proven U.K. capability and resource base and global best practices to assist DE&S with the delivery of specialist, temporary project management, project controls and integrated logistics support to improve procurement through enhanced quality, cost efficiencies and best practice in service delivery. DE&S estimates the contract value to be up to $320 million (£250m).

Vincent Clancy, Turner & Townsend Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said:

Being appointed together with Jacobs provides a further platform to support this transformation programme and strengthens our relationship with the MOD.

"This builds upon our appointment in 2017 by the MOD, as part of the Paragon JV, as DE&S’ Commercial Delivery Partner and in early 2018 as Strategic Construction Advisor for the Defence Estates Optimisation Programme. Through the Equinox JV, we will draw upon our global programme setup and delivery experience to deliver enhanced programme performance across DE&S.”

Pete Lutwyche, Jacobs Senior Vice President Aerospace, Technology, Environmental and Nuclear International added: “Jacobs has decades of experience providing and integrating full lifecycle services supporting government, military, defence and security sectors in the U.K., and worldwide, to run more efficiently and safely.

Our global programme delivery expertise, coupled with our extensive defence and non-defence capabilities, positions Jacobs ideally – along with our partners – to support DE&S’ continuing transformation programme and journey to becoming a world-leading, best-in-class defence delivery organisation.”

DE&S has responsibility for equipping and supporting the U.K.’s armed forces. Over the last four years, DE&S has undergone a major transformation programme to become a best-in-class delivery organisation. The award of the PDP contract builds on this work and, where and when required, will see the provision of tailored, specialist resources, products and services to support the project management, project controls and integrated logistics requirements of DE&S over the next two years, with the option to extend this an additional two years. It is estimated in excess of 400 personnel, based predominately in the DE&S headquarters in Abbey Wood, Bristol, will be required to support the programme.

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