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Services - 609104-2020

16/12/2020    S245

United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2020/S 245-609104

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: Home Office
Postal address: 2 Marsham Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1P 4DF
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Vincent Ward
Internet address(es):
Main address:
I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
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
Public order and safety

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Contract for the Provision of a Managed Service Provider for the Agile Data Retention and Disclosure Service (ARDS)

II.1.2)Main CPV code
72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Contract for the provision of a Managed Service Provider (MSP) that could help develop and deliver ARDS.

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: 30 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
32000000 Radio, television, communication, telecommunication and related equipment
48000000 Software package and information systems
73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The ARDS project sits within the HO’s Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) whose objectives (without limitation) are to:

— develop, coordinate and assess delivery of the Government’s counter-terrorism and serious and organised crime strategies;

— deliver elements of those strategies that fall to OSCT;

— enable oversight by the Home Secretary of the Security Service, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and police CT;

— coordinate domestic CT crisis management;

— maintain capabilities to collect, access and exploit Communications Data (CD) and content (the objective that the delivery of ARDS sits under); and

— support our security industry, Notably in promoting security related exports.

Within OSCT, the National Communications Data Service (NCDS) is accountable for delivering and maintaining communications data services that enable Requesting Authorities (RA) such as security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain CD within the appropriate legal framework. These RA’s must have the ability to identify and locate subjects of interest and determine how and when they are communicating through the acquisition and exploitation of CD. This ability is required to keep up with changing technology and is vital to the work these agencies do to protect the public.

CD has been shown to be a particularly rich and reliable source of data that can be used by investigators to develop actionable intelligence and/or build a compelling evidential case to bring offenders to justice. CD has played a role in every major Security Service counter-terrorism operation over the past decade. It has also been used as evidence in 95 % of all serious organised crime investigations handled by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Internet communications are constantly and rapidly changing, and it is frequently the case that essential data is only either partially available, or fragmented, across service providers in the UK and overseas. NCDS must monitor and anticipate changes in the communications market and deliver, and be ready to deliver, timely, affordable capabilities and services. The growth in CD variety, volume and complexity means that NCDS wishes to deliver improved arrangements for providing CD to RA’s.

Within this context, there is also an operational requirement from Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and the United Kingdom Intelligence Community (UKIC) to improve the coverage of smaller TOs. This fundamental change in approach and the underlying assumptions for the management of Telecommunications Operators (TO) and CD is at the core of the ARDS concept.

NCDS intends to procure an MSP service to provide a collaborative, innovative and responsive environment in which ideas, solutions and services can be developed to the benefit of NCDS, TOs and its customers in the LEA community. NCDS needs new thinking, new approaches and new attitudes to create this environment, it will encourage potential bidders to approach ARDS with fresh ideas, creativity and openness. In creating ARDS, the MSP should enable TOs to be on-boarded and off-boarded rapidly.

NCDS requires an organisation for the MSP with an innovative approach, a highly proactive mind set and the desire to constantly seek better ways of delivering success. Clearly, solid knowledge of the technological landscape in which NCDS operates is important, but previous experience in the specific sector, and indeed in working with the public sector, may be less important.

The ARDS project has obligations under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and the Communications Data Code of Practice whilst the TOs have obligations that are mandated via the Data Retention Notice, ‘Investigatory Powers Act’ and the ‘IPA Code of Practice’.

II.2.5)Award criteria
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
Competitive dialogue
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: 2020/S 034-081747
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

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: 5
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 5
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Leidos Innovations UK Ltd
Postal address: Skypark 1, 8 Elliot Place
Town: Glasgow
Postal code: G3 8EP
Country: United Kingdom
The contractor is an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot: 30 000 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: N/A
Postal address: N/A
Town: N/A
Country: United Kingdom
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: