Servizi - 331382-2020

14/07/2020    S134

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Research and development services and related consultancy services

2020/S 134-331382

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Transport Scotland
Postal address: Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road
Town: Glasgow
Postal code: G4 0HF
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Iain Miller
Telephone: +44 1412240454

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

CivTech 5 — Challenge 10 — Empowering/Fostering Networks and New Connections for Work Local

II.1.2)Main CPV code
73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

How we go about work and business is being redefined by the need to respond to and live in a post-Covid world. It is very likely that at-home and near-home working will be important, with organisations both large and small adopting distributed workforce models.

How can tech drive the vital development of informal networks and break down the barriers to connectedness within the distributed workplace?

Networks play a vital role in all aspects of the economy. They drive the sharing of knowledge, skills, experience, expertise and ideas. These ‘increments of chit-chat’ help build long lasting valuable relationships.

Best practice in the design of our physical office spaces is often based on supporting exactly this type of informal social interaction and creating the right culture and atmosphere to foster this. But it is incredibly difficult to replicate this when working remotely.

Formal interaction is well catered for in the digital realm through applications which support face to face online meetings; there are a plethora of messaging and community tools which also support less formal interaction based around ‘communities of interest’. However, the ‘coffee stop’ interaction, the ‘bump’ in the corridor with someone you maybe haven’t seen in a while and the unexpected, serendipitous meeting with someone new are things that are not readily available online.

Without such informal interaction there is a risk that people are left excluded, either from the career development opportunities which come from informal social interaction or left out of opportunities to collaborate across a wider pool of teams or excluded through feeling socially more isolated through the absence of the casual conversations in the canteen. Creating this in the context of a public sector organisation, empowering its people to interact with people both inside and outside their organisation has the potential to drive huge advantages — particularly if it also increases interaction between people working in different sectors, be that in the public, private, third or academic sectors.

So how can tech help foster the development of informal networks when people are working at home or in Work Local hubs, in a way that is safe, secure and will drive the vital development of informal networks and the cross-pollination of ideas?

Please visit our website for information on CivTech and how to get involved

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 25 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
72600000 Computer support and consultancy services
72200000 Software programming and consultancy services
72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services
79315000 Social research services
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

About CivTech

CivTech brings together public sector expertise and private sector innovation to solve real problems, develop new products and deliver better, faster and easier services for everyone. Central to the approach is co-production with the citizen.

Part of the Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate, CivTech’s approach is helping transform public sector engagement with tech and innovation, delivering significant benefits to public services, producing genuine uplifts for the Scottish economy — and along the way, making lives better.

Across the country there are problems public sector organisations would like to solve and in the current environment the need for smart, efficient and effective products has never been greater. The Scottish Government is aware innovation is a good way to create them and is committed to ensuring a large part of its tech spend goes to smaller, innovative businesses. This is where CivTech comes in.

The CivTech Innovation Flow is designed to create solutions to public sector problems as quickly and effectively as possible. For you — whether you’re an individual, team or company — it’s an opportunity to take a challenge, solve it and win contracts with a blue-chip public sector organisation. You’ll build a product and a business to take it as far as possible. Because here’s the kicker: the challenges we issue aren’t ‘single organisation’ problems — most exist worldwide.

In short: open challenges are set. Any organisation, team or individual can respond to them. Applications are assessed and shortlisted proposals go into an exploration stage where they’re developed further. The best go through to the accelerator — a period of intensive work to create the solution and through CivTech’s unique business workshop system, a business capable of taking the emerging product to the world.

Please visit our website for information on CivTech and how to get involved

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
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 III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 03/08/2020
Local time: 11:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 03/08/2020
Local time: 11:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:

Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland website at

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the postbox facility. A user guide is available at

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

(SC Ref:624640)

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Postal address: 27 Chambers Street
Town: Edinburgh
Postal code: EH1 1LB
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: