Published date: 3 October 2016

This notice was replaced on 3 October 2016

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Awarded contract (published 11 December 2018, last edited 11 December 2018)

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Contract summary


  • Transport services (excl. Waste transport) - 60000000

  • Guard services - 79713000

  • Building and facilities management services - 79993000

    • Accommodation services - 98341000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

3 October 2016

Closing date

4 November 2016

Contract start date

1 May 2018

Contract end date

30 April 2028

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type


Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Home Office is responsible, under the Immigration Act 1971 and the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, for detaining and/or enforcing the removal of certain persons (detainees) from the UK.
The Immigration Enforcement Directorate of the Home Office is responsible for the provision of escorting services and detention.

At any one time, approximately 3400 detainees are held over night in one of the Immigration Removal Centres, residential Short Term Holding Facilities, prisons and police stations across the United Kingdom. In addition, persons can be detained for shorter periods of time in holding rooms at reporting centres, land and sea ports.

This often entails the provision of transportation for detainees and escorts who will travel with them to their final destination and hand them over to the appropriate authorities. This will include vulnerable detainees, (e.g. with a medical condition), as well as those who refuse to leave the UK voluntarily and those being removed on chartered flights.
The Home Office is seeking a commercial partner for the provision of a number of distinct, but fully integrated services. These services include (but are not limited to):
- The escorting and transportation of detainees within the UK (In-Country Escorting Services),
- The escorting of detainees from the UK to and from an overseas destination (Overseas Escorting),
- Management of detainees detained at holding rooms and Short-term Holding Facilities(STHFs)
- Operation and management of Short-term Holding Facilities.
The escorting and transportation of persons who are subject to the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 may also be required.
There may also be a requirement to escort service users for other government departments.

With regards to Section 1 Summary - Procedure Type, please note this is a competitive procurement for the award of a contract under the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation procedure as covered by the UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/102).

Please note the duration of this contract is up to a 120 months.
Please note the Closing Date, Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 11:00 hrs BST 28.10.2016.

For the RFI stage, Bidder's past performance will be one of the selection criteria; further information on this is available under the Procurement Policy Note, which is made available at the path given below:

For the tender stage, grounds for exclusion will be based on a non-compliant or non-competitive proposal.

More information



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Revised Information:
Please note the revised Closing Date, Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 11:00 hrs 04.11.2016.
If you have already expressed an interest for this competition then you are not required to take any action.
In order to express an interest process please follow the steps set out in the document 'How to express an interest' attached at Section 5 of this notice. Please note a couple of dates referred to under this section, should now read as follows:
Potential Suppliers are requested to express interest by 31.10.2016
RFI clarification request must be submitted no later than 28.10.2016.

Original Information:
For the avoidance of doubt, please note that potential suppliers are required to express an interest separately for this competition regardless of their involvement in the Market Engagement activities, any such involvement will not constitute an expression of interest for the competition advertised in this notice.
The Home Office uses an eSourcing toolkit to enable its sourcing activities to be conducted over the internet. In order to express an interest process please follow the steps set out in the document How to express an interest' attached at Section 5 of this notice.
Additionally, potential suppliers are requested to read the published OJEU Contract Notice, the link for this notice is available at Section 5 of this notice.

About the buyer

Contact name

Escorting Procurement Project Team


Home Office
7th Floor, Long Corridor, Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road