The partnership, called Sussex Estates & Facilities LLP, will provide facilities management services to the university, starting from 1 January 2014. Interserve will take care of the management and administration of the partnership.
Sussex Estates & Facilities will provide services across 23 service specifications including cleaning, grounds maintenance, buildings management, portering, mailroom and postal services, security, car parking, waste management, health and safety support, estates project management and energy-saving improvements.
Six undergraduates will be given the opportunity to work on the contract each year as trainee managers.
University registrar and secretary John Duffy said: "Through working in partnership with Interserve we will ensure the long-term development of our campus facilities, ensuring that we are benefitting from new technology, best-in-class systems and the sector-leading standards that Interserve works to. Sussex Estates & Facilities has been established to provide industry-leading support services that will improve the research and teaching environment for students and staff, as well as supporting the local economy.”
Interserve executive director Bruce Melizan added: "At the core of our service is the delivery of effective transformation programmes, which focus on people and processes, to deliver great service in an efficient manner. We look forward to bringing that experience to support the University of Sussex in its ambitious plans for growth and development.
"Our team is particularly keen to help the students gain 'real-world' work experience in an environment that they are familiar and comfortable with. Additionally we look forward to helping the university to develop beneficial skills and knowledge for its future development."