The Authority 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), being persons detained under the 1971 Act and assigned by the Authority to an Immigration Removal Centre from the United Kingdom.
At any one time, approximately 3 400 Detainees are held overnight in one of nine Immigration Removal Centres, two residential Short Term Holding Facilities, Pre-Departure Accommodation (PDA), prisons and police stations across the United Kingdom. In addition, persons can be detained for shorter periods of time in Short Term Holding Facilities (Rooms) at Reporting Centres, air and sea ports, including locations overseas at the juxtaposed controls in Calais and Coquelles.
The Authority is seeking commercial partners to provide a range of services at two Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs/PDA) which are situated on the perimeter of Gatwick Airport.
Brook House IRC accommodates approximately 508 male detainees. Tinsley House IRC/PDA accommodates approximately 162 male detainees and additionally has 1 family apartment in the IRC for Border Force cases and two apartments for families with children under 18 years old in Pre- Departure Accommodation (PDA).
The Authority is looking to maximise the efficient use of its immigration estate and may increase/decrease capacity at these sites in future. Services at the IRCs/PDA include (but are not limited to):
— Overall management of the Immigration Removal Centres/PDA;
— Security and guarding services;
— Local escorting and hospital bed watches;
— Recreational, sporting and educational facilities;
— Catering and shop services;
— Religious and welfare facilities;
— Provision of furniture and equipment;
— Facilities management and cleaning services; and
— Hard and soft landscaping services.
In the Pre-Departure Accommodation, safeguarding and welfare, recreational, sporting and educational provision will be delivered under a separate contract.
The contract falls under Regulation 74 of and Schedule 3 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. As a result the Authority has determined the procurement procedure that is being followed. The Authority will ensure that the procurement procedure is at least sufficient to ensure compliance with the principles of transparency and equal treatment of Bidders.