United Kingdom-Cambridge: Networks
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Address of the buyer profile: www.lgssprocurementportal.co.uk
Section II: Object
Cambridgeshire County Council EastNet Wide Area Network and Wi-Fi Procurement.
Cambridgeshire County Council wishes to appoint a Provider to provide Wide Area Network (WAN) and Wi-Fi services to the organisation. The Provider shall be expected to undertake:
— Managed WAN Service;
— Managed Internet Access Service;
— Managed WiFi Service (Public);
— Managed WiFi Service (Staff Access).
The initial contract will last for a period of 6 years and will take the form of a framework agreement, under which individual requirements for each site will be specified and priced according to a schedule of rates agreed as a result of this tender process. It is difficult to predict the exact value of this contract as the Authority's property portfolio is likely to vary over the contract term, but it is estimated that the total value will not be less 20 000 000 GBP or greater than 45 000 000 GBP.
Cambridgeshire County Council is dependent on network connectivity to function efficiently and the increased reliance on digital communications and transactions has increased this dependency over recent years.
To facilitate this the CPSN Partnership was formed in 2009 with two objectives:
— To reduce the cost of network connectivity for public sector partners via economies of scale achieved through taking a shared approach to network connectivity across a geographic area;
— To act as an enabler for delivering more joined up public services with the shared network facilitating shared service arrangements, shared buildings and new service delivery models.
Each partner initiated their own call-down contract against the framework. The contracts have a co-terminus end date of 23.6.2018.
The County Council intends to build on the success of CPSN with a new partnership to be called EastNet, in recognition that the CPSN membership now includes organisations in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. The County Council will act as the lead authority to ‘stand up’ a 6 year Framework for all partners to able to initiate their own call down contracts for up to 7 years for the following key network connectivity:
The initial EastNet Partnership membership comprises of:
— Cambridgeshire County Council;
— Cambridgeshire County Council Schools;
— Northamptonshire County Council;
— Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service;
— Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority;
— Huntingdonshire District Council;
— Cambridge City Council;
— South Cambridgeshire District Council;
— Fenland District Council;
— Norwich City Council;
— Peterborough City Council;
— East Cambridgeshire District Council;
— Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
Other potentially interested parties in utilising EastNet services include:
— Cambridgeshire Constabulary;
— Hertfordshire Constabulary;
— Bedfordshire Police;
— North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust;
— Nene Clinical Commissioning Group;
— Corby Clinical Commissioning Group;
— Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
— Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.
Following a Selection Questionnaire exercise.
This Framework is open to: Partners/other organisations delegating services/functions to LGSS; County, Unitary, District, City, Borough, Metropolitan Councils within Cambridgeshire and/or Northamptonshire; Educational establishments within Cambridgeshire and/or Northamptonshire; Wider public sector bodies within Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The Council will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the Contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the Contracting Authority before the Contract is entered into. Such additional information should be requested from (refer to address in part I.1). If an appeal regarding the award of Contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (Chapter 6) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules, to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly. Where a Contract has not been entered into the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the Contract has been entered into the Court may order the ineffectiveness of a Contract where serious breach have occurred in addition to any fine, the Court may instead provide for alternative penalties, either contract shortening, fines or both.