Services - 207540-2018

15/05/2018    S91

United Kingdom-London: Information technology services

2018/S 091-207540

Qualification system – utilities


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
Postal address: 1 Eversholt Street
Town: London
Postal code: NW1 2DN
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1908781000
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.6)Main activity
Railway services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Network Rail Technology Supplier Qualification System

II.1.2)Main CPV code
72222300 Information technology services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
30213300 Desktop computer
34943000 Train-monitoring system
48000000 Software package and information systems
48100000 Industry specific software package
50300000 Repair, maintenance and associated services related to personal computers, office equipment, telecommunications and audio-visual equipment
50312000 Maintenance and repair of computer equipment
50312610 Maintenance of information technology equipment
50312620 Repair of information technology equipment
63711100 Train monitoring services
72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
72140000 Computer hardware acceptance testing consultancy services
72150000 Computer audit consultancy and hardware consultancy services
72200000 Software programming and consultancy services
72212517 IT software development services
72222000 Information systems or technology strategic review and planning services
72222100 Information systems or technology strategic review services
72222200 Information systems or technology planning services
72222300 Information technology services
72223000 Information technology requirements review services
72227000 Software integration consultancy services
72228000 Hardware integration consultancy services
72267100 Maintenance of information technology software
72267200 Repair of information technology software
72268000 Software supply services
72416000 Application service providers
72500000 Computer-related services
72600000 Computer support and consultancy services
73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This Qualification System Notice is to inform the market that Network Rail has launched a Technology Supplier Qualification System (SQS). The scope of the SQS will include all IT goods and services (and where part of a monitoring system, the associated operational technology) required by any function within Network Rail.

The categories which will be covered initially within this SQS are listed below, but this may be subject to change as additional categories may be added in the future.

— Hardware and Software Value Added Resellers.

— Software as a Service.

— Software Applications.

— Integrated Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service.

— Specialist Platform as a Service.

— Professional Services - IT Consultancy.

— Professional Services - IT Architecture.

— Professional Services - IT Benchmarking.

— Professional Services - Information Security.

— Support Services.

— Cloud Services Provider.

— Intelligent Infrastructure - Infrastructure Monitoring of Infrastructure.

— Intelligent Infrastructure - Infrastructure Monitoring of Trains.

— Intelligent Infrastructure - Train Monitoring of Infrastructure.

—Solution Delivery including the following:

—— Business Process Management,

—— Requirements Management,

—— Solution Design Development,

—— Proof of concept,

—— Operating System Configuration Services,

—— Software Development Services,

—— Application Configuration and Customisation,

—— Integration Services,

—— Building Infrastructure IT and Installation,

—— UAT and OAT Services,

—— Application Testing Services,

—— Integration Testing Service,

—— Performance Testing,

—— Test Management,

—— Test Assurance,

—— Test Facilities,

—— Client Provisioning,

—— Mobile Device Provisioning,

—— Peripherals Provisioning,

—— Server Provisioning,

—— Software Provisioning,

—— Decommissioning,

—— Mobile Application Development.

The SQS has been established in order to provide a single platform for suppliers to register against multiple technology specific categories. Qualification will negate the need for a supplier to complete Network Rail’s mandatory and discretionary questions every time they are invited to participate in a competitive process.

Registered and qualified suppliers on the SQS can be considered by Network Rail for contract opportunities without further notification of requirements published via the Official Journal of the European Union. For future contract opportunities, suppliers will be selected based on the categories they are qualified for and their level of capability within that category. There may be further qualification stages required dependent on the requirements of specific contract opportunities.

Within the scope defined above, the SQS will be the primary method for qualification of all technology categories over the next 10 years. It is therefore imperative that all suppliers who wish to participate in future procurement opportunities within the technology category register their details and complete the qualification questionnaire.

Please note that there will be NO cost to the supplier for registration onto the Technology SQS.

It is anticipated that the total value of spend under the SQS, including associated Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS), Frameworks, Contracts and Innovation Partnerships will be c. 2bn GBP over 10 years, although this value is subject to change in the event of a change in demand or additional categories.

For any queries regarding the Supplier Qualification System, please contact either or

II.2.5)Award criteria
II.2.8)Duration of the qualification system
Start: 10/05/2018
End: 09/05/2028
Renewal of the qualification system
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.9)Qualification for the system
Conditions to be fulfilled by economic operators in view of their qualification:

The opportunity listing for this SQS is available to view via the BravoNR homepage (prior to logging in/registration) at where a user guide is available to assist with the registration process. In order to register for the SQS all suppliers will need to create an account on BravoNR via the following link: Please note all relevant documents will be available to download via the opportunity listing and also the supplier attachments section of the PQQ.

Should a supplier already have a BravoNR account, the SQS PQQ will already be visible in the PQQs Open to All Suppliers area. Once the PQQ has been accessed, please follow the instructions on the PQQ and submit a response for evaluation. Please note that if a supplier is currently registered on BravoNR, they must still complete the profile questions for this SQS.

Methods according to which each of those conditions will be verified:

There will be a period of at least 30 days from the issue of this Qualification System Notice during which suppliers can register for qualification and no evaluation of responses will take place. Following this period, evaluation will commence and suppliers will receive a notification within BravoNR once evaluation has been completed to inform them of their qualification status. Please note that in order to facilitate the on-going registration of suppliers at any point during the SQS; a second continuous PQQ will be published follow the initial PQQ.

Conditions to be fulfilled by economic operators in view of their qualification:

In order to qualify onto the SQS for the categories listed in this notice, suppliers will be required to complete Network Rail’s mandatory and discretionary questions as well as some technical questions specific to some, but not all, categories. These responses will be evaluated by Network Rail and further information on the evaluation criteria can be found via the opportunity listing within the document entitled Supplier Qualification System Guidance Note.

Methods according to which each of those conditions will be verified:


It is Network Rail’s intention to launch a DPS via the SQS on 22.6.2018 following a period of 30 days from the issue of this Qualification System Notice. During this period, suppliers will be permitted to respond to the questions pertaining to the DPS contained within the SQS PQQ. No tenders will be issued via the DPS until the end of this period at the earliest. Suppliers registered and qualified against the relevant categories will be notified of their qualification status within BravoNR. In order to qualify for the DPS, suppliers must pass both the mandatory and discretionary questions and achieve 100 % against the category specific technical questions. An unlimited number of suppliers are permitted to join throughout the life of the DPS. Further information on the DPS can be found via the opportunity listing within the document entitled Dynamic Purchasing System Guidance Note.

The DPS will cover categories within Software as a Service and Software Applications as follows:

Conditions to be fulfilled by economic operators in view of their qualification:

People Management.

Financial Management.

ICT Management.

Governance and Risk Management.

Content and Records Management.

Commercial and Contract Management.

Design and Construction.

Asset Management.

Train and Transport Services.

Procurement, Order and Inventory Management.

Analytics and Data Insight.

Collaboration and Communications.

Customer Relationship Management.

Supply Chain and Logistics Management.

Contact Centre and Channel Management.

Legal and Compliance Management.

Information and Operational Security.

Innovation Management.

Quality, Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

Personal Productivity.

Property, Workplace and Facilities Management.

Portfolio, Programme and Project Management.

Sales& Marketing.

Creative Designand Publishing.

Social Media.

Learning and Knowledge Management.

Business Operations Management.

Business Strategy and Planning.

Spatial Data Management and GIS.

Customer Information Systems.

Product Lifecycle Management.

Work Order Management.

Fleet Management and Telematics.

Scheduling Timetable Planning.

Rail Industry Specialist.

Methods according to which each of those conditions will be verified:

The period of validity for this DPS will be 5 years, with an anticipated spend of 25m GBP, but should this change at any point; Network Rail will issue a notice via both the SQS and to OJEU to communicate the change with any supplier who meets the selection criteria admitted onto the DPS.

Conditions to be fulfilled by economic operators in view of their qualification:

Network Rail’s intention is to also issue the following frameworks via the SQS on 29.6.2018, but could be subject to change. Further information pertaining to these frameworks will be issued via the SQS to suppliers registered and qualified against the relevant categories.


This will allow Network Rail to procure services in the following lots:

— IT Professional Services (IT Architecture, IT Benchmarking, IT Consultancy and Information Security).

— Mobile Application Development.

— Integrated Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service.


This will allow Network Rail to procure services in the following lots:

— Hardware and Software Value Added Resellers.

— Solution Delivery.

Methods according to which each of those conditions will be verified:

Please note that Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS), hosted by Capita and Altius, will continue to operate as Network Rail’s qualification system for all auditable and non-Technology related categories. Auditable categories are defined as those for which companies are required to have an audit undertaken of their company’s Health, Safety, Environment and Quality capabilities based on the level of risk associated with the product code and the requirements set by the RISQS Community. The level of risk assigned to each code is dependent on the business impact that the product or service has to RISQS members.

In the event that a procurement under the SQS contained requirements associated with an auditable category, Network Rail would still require assurance of the suppliers associated RISQS status. These systems are not competitive systems and are complimentary to each other.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used
Additional information about electronic auction:

We reserve the right to hold an electronic auction where suitable.

IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: The High Court
Postal address: Rolls Building, 7 Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: