Services - 302713-2020

29/06/2020    S123

United Kingdom-London: Programming services of application software

2020/S 123-302713

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Health Data Research UK
Postal address: Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road
Town: London
Postal code: NW1 2BE
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2033711393
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Other type: Private company that can use Public Sector Procurement procedures
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: National Institute for Health Data Science

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Health Data Research Innovation Gateway Technology Partnership

Reference number: 2019.45
II.1.2)Main CPV code
72212000 Programming services of application software
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Health Data Research UK is seeking a technology partner to design, deliver and operate the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway — a web application to enable researchers and innovators to search for, request access to and analyse UK health research data held by data custodians in Trusted Research Environments. This project will be delivered as an agile, design-led project delivered collaborative with Health Data Research UK, the Health Data Research Alliance and a wide range of external stakeholders. This work offers a unique opportunity to work in partnership to deliver a game changing portal for health research and innovation.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 5 250 000.00 GBP
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
72212461 Analytical or scientific software development services
72212783 Content management software development services
72322000 Data management services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is the national institute for health data science. Its mission is to unite the UK's health data to enable discoveries that improve people's lives. By working in partnership with the NHS, industry, academia, patients and the public, and providing safe and secure access to rich health data, it aims to better understand diseases and discover new ways to prevent, treat and cure them. HDR UK is leading the development and delivery of the UK-wide Digital Innovation Hub Programme which is co-funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ICSF). For more information visit

As part of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme, HDR UK is seeking to create the Health Data Research Innovation Gateway (‘Gateway’), a web application that will enable researchers and innovators to find and request access to health research data; supporting the analysis of data by industry and academia. The Gateway will not store or hold health data, which will be held by data custodians in secure and accredited Trusted Research Environments with all analysis conducted in these environments. The Gateway will hold the business and technical metadata associated with the datasets to support a rich data discovery experience.

Development of a minimal viable product for selected gateway functions is underway and is scheduled to be complete in January 2020. HDR UK is now seeking a technology partner to design, develop and operate the full gateway commencing 30 April 2020 until 30 April 2022. The partner may be a single supplier or a consortium of suppliers with a single lead organisation. The partner will have best-in-class skills in designing and developing complex solutions while working with agile methodology, with a commitment to HDR UK’s Development Principles, in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including patients and the public; operating web-based production environments to a service level agreement; managing health data for research and innovation while ensuring data security and full regulatory compliance and developing solutions for search and discovery across metadata and data held by third-party data custodians.

Further information about the Gateway can be found on our website at Detailed requirements for the gateway and the procurement process are provided in the Health Data Research Technology Partnership Specification

Suppliers that are interested in applying to undertake this work should complete the standard selection questionnaire (SQ) located at

Those considered a suitable match for the partnership through the evaluation of the SQ will be invited to submit a proposal document. Following the evaluation of proposals, a shortlist of no more than six suppliers will be invited to interview.

Following interviews, a shortlist of no more than three applicants will be invited to take part in a rapid development exercise. This will take place over eight weeks and will involve the shortlisted applicants working independently to build and test a specified functional component of the Gateway. The HDR UK team will work alongside each applicant over this period and the work will be remunerated according to the contract for this task. Following completion of this task, HDR UK will select a partner based on the completed component and the experience over the rapid development period.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Quality criterion - Name: Technical quality / Weighting: 18.5
Quality criterion - Name: Usability and user experience / Weighting: 14.8
Quality criterion - Name: Operation and contimuous improvement / Weighting: 18.6
Quality criterion - Name: Patient and public involvement and engagement / Weighting: 11.1
Quality criterion - Name: Ability to meet timescales, problem solve, develop in an agile way and work with HDR UK and partners / Weighting: 18.5
Quality criterion - Name: Value for money / Weighting: 3.7
Price - Weighting: 14.8
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Innovation partnership
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 202-491705
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: 2019-45
A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 11
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 1
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: 0
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: 0
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 11
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: PA Consulting Services Ltd
Postal address: 10 Bressenden Place
Town: London
Postal code: SW1E 5DN
Country: United Kingdom
The contractor is an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 5 250 000.00 GBP
Total value of the contract/lot: 5 272 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

(MT Ref:218795)

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Public Procurement Review Service
Postal address: Cabinet Office
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: