Global service provider, Servest, has won the contract to support the Scottish Canals after a competitive tender process. Scottish Canals is the public corporation of the Scottish Government responsible for managing the country’s inland waterways.
As well as the waterways themselves, the Scottish Canals portfolio is made up of over 200 bridges, buildings and locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and 19 water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland. The reservoirs cover an area equivalent to 7,494 football pitches and supply the canals with the 332 million litres of water, which flow through them each day. Formerly a division of British Waterways, it became a stand-alone public body of the Scottish Government on 2 July 2012.
The three-year contract, which went live at the end of 2017, sees Servest look after the maintenance and mechanical and electrical provision across 120 buildings, including the administrative and forecourt properties. This vast collection of spaces, sees over 22 million visitors annually, to some of the more iconic monuments.
The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Servest, who operates across the UK, has been keen to further grow its customer base in Scotland since it acquired established Glasgow-based building services firm, Arthur McKay, in 2016.
Mike Floyd, managing director of FM for Servest has said, “Our portfolio is rapidly growing to include a wide range of customers in the public sector. We’re thrilled to be able to support Scottish Canals and look forward to the challenge of managing such a diverse portfolio”.
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