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United Kingdom-Manchester: Fibre-optic materials
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Greater Manchester Local Full Fibre Network Programme
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the LAs across GM currently run ICT services over a combination of WAN's utilising a wide range of underlying connectivity circuits. To improve the value, flexibility, and future-proofing of these arrangements, the LAs are looking to procure the design, implementation, maintenance and support, including a minimum 20 year right of use of dark fibre connectivity, or dark fibre virtual equivalent circuits. This will provide unlimited capacity dedicated fibre connectivity to as many LA public sites and assets in the region. The LAs will continue to be able to procure their WAN connectivity from existing Suppliers when required. These services will be delivered over the connectivity achieved through this contract. Simultaneous confirmed contracts will be awarded under each Framework Agreement as described in the tender documents which will collectively connect over 1300 sites across Greater Manchester.
Subject to tenderers demonstrating resilience in terms of capacity and capability the following lots or groups of lots may be combined:
— Framework Lot 1: The Northern Arc localities, and
— Framework Lot 2: The Southern Arc localities. The framework authority requires compelling solutions and significant assurances from any Supplier bidding both Lots that delivery capacity can be achieved.
Framework Lot 1: The Northern Arc (which includes confirmed contracts for Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and GMCA)
Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham.
The requirements for this contract are as detailed in the main tender document description.
It is proposed that a Framework Agreement will be established with up to 2 suppliers. A single supplier will be awarded to each framework lot. At the same time simultaneous confirmed contracts will be awarded to the supplier, for each Contracting Authority within each framework lot. The procurement will be a competitive procedure with negotiation and further details will be defined in the tender documents. The evaluation criteria will be a combination of qualitative technical and cost commercial submissions, including maximising the potential number of sites to be connected across Greater Manchester. In summary there will be a supplier selection process, followed by an invitation to submit initial tenders for up to 5 shortlisted tenderers for each framework lot. Following further evaluation, up to 3 tenderers for each framework lot may then be invited to further negotiation sessions and a final revised tender will then be requested and evaluated before award. The contract is anticipated to commence in September 2019 and works will be delivered such that the Government funding contributions are required to be expended before 31.3.2021, with Local Authority match contribution completing before and after this date.
The confirmed contracts will outlive the Framework Agreement, however the Framework Authority may extend the Framework Agreement for up to 24 months, incrementally over 12 month periods.
There will be an open supplier selection/qualification process, after which the highest 5 scoring and qualified tenderers will be invited to submit initial tenders. Following receipt of initial tenders, a further evaluation will be undertaken against the criteria described in the tender documents and, the highest 3 scoring tenderers may then be invited for further negotiation sessions. If required, a final revised tender will be invited and will be subject to re-evaluation, before an award is confirmed.
This will apply for both framework lots.
Framework Lot 2: The Southern Arc (which includes Confirmed Contracts for Salford, Stockport, Trafford, Manchester and GMCA)
Stockport, Trafford, Salford and Manchester.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Contained within Schedules 2, 3, 9, 11 and 12 of the tender documents.
Additionally tenderers attention is to be drawn to the requirement for spending (physical works completed) the allocated DCMS Grant Funded element of the overall project, before 31.3.2021. This should feature highly in any response to be returned by tenderers and the Framework Authority and Contracting Authorities will evaluate responses received against the achievability and deliverability of this requirement.
Section IV: Procedure
Th Framework Authority and Contracting Authorities intend to award the framework agreements and confirmed contracts simultaneously. Whilst the Framework Authority intends all work to be completed through the Confirmed Contracts, it reserves the right that additional Contracts could be instructed by named parties at a later stage and hence require the Framework agreements to be extended.
Section VI: Complementary information