2015 Report details for project: Search and Rescue Helicopters

Project name: Search and Rescue Helicopters - there are 6 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
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Organisation: DFT (D9) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: To manage the delivery of Search And Rescue (SAR) contracts for the provision of a search and rescue helicopter service to cover the entire UK search and rescue region. The UK SAR-H contract will replace the MCA contracted service, which runs to June 2017, and the MOD capability which is due to end in March 2016 when the Sea King fleet is due out of service. The UK Government is committed to a number of international agreements which require a national framework of search and rescue resources to be available within a geographically defined region, currently the service is jointly provided by the MOD at 8 bases and the MCA at 4 bases. The UK SAR-H programme aims to deliver the UK SAR service from 10 bases. The benefit of the service is to save lives.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Green
DCA text: The UK SARH Programme is progressing against the plan. Bristow continues to work towards the construction of new bases, the delivery of airframes and recruitment/training of personnel. The first two bases, Inverness and Humberside, went live on the 1st of April and are fully operational. Operational delivery of the remaining bases remain on track and Bristow has, at the time of writing, taken delivery of seven of the larger airframe types ahead of schedule. Bristow has experienced challenges due to the late delivery of the smaller airframe type and, as a result, initiated a contingency plan. Despite the late delivery of the smaller airframe type, the contingency plan, which formed part of Bristow’s bid, will ensure that a SAR capability will be in place as each base goes live.
Start date: 2011-02-08
End date: 2017-09-08
Schedule text: Due to unforeseen issues, a change from the infrastructure plan has occurred due to the closure of Manston Airport, the tendered solution for SAR cover in the SE of England. Lydd Airport, meeting the MCA’s requirements, has been identified as an alternative location. There is no impact of the service start date at this location. The MCA and Bristow continue to work closely towards the construction of new bases, the delivery of airframes, the recruitment and training of personnel. Major Milestones achieved include; Inverness SAR base construction– Complete; Humberside SAR base – Complete; Delivery of Large Airframe #1-7 – Complete. Delivery of Smaller Airframe Type #1 – Complete; Recruitment – Complete.
Baseline: £0.00m
Forecast: £0.00m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £1,923.00m
WLCost text: Budgeted whole life cost [of £1,923m] is the headline cost figure [£1.6bn] for the contract plus the associated non-recoverable VAT. This represents a significant saving against the previously reported whole life cost figure [of £3,286m] as a result of the procurement strategy requiring a shift away from a PFI-negotiated contract to a contract procured under the Competitive Dialogue process. Contract costs will only be incurred once operational delivery commences in April 2015.
Notes1: Search & Rescue Helicopters (SARH)
Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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