The Ministry of Defence has decided to appoint TNT Express Services with ProLogis Ltd. as the preferred bidder for the Hayes PPP Project. Subject to negotiations, TNT will be responsible for the provision of records management and archiving services to the Ministry of Defence and a number of other Government organisations for a 25-year period. ProLogis will become the owners of the Ministry site at Bourne Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex and will be responsible for its redevelopment. Within two years, TNT intends to relocate the records service to new facilities in the midlands.This project is a pan-government collaboration between the MOD, as project sponsor, and its 13 partners who are as follows:
- Court Service
- Public Record Office
- Lord Chancellor's Department
- Department for International Development
- Department of Trade and Industry
- Public Guardianship Office
- Parliamentary Commissioner
- Crown Prosecution Service
- Home Office
- Metropolitan Police Service
- Food Standards Agency
- Veterinary Medicines Directorate
When the contract takes effect, possibly in the summer of 2003, TNT will become the new employer for all transferring civil servants (perhaps more than 60).
All transfers to TNT will be covered by the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) 1981.
The Hayes PPP contract will initially provide secure storage for possibly 200Kms of official paper records. The service will include a high degree of accountability for this material and will offer a range of delivery standards to suit each Government organisation's needs via a UK-wide logistics network.