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Buying Solutions as the Contracting Authority has put in place a Pan Government framework agreement for use by UK public sector bodies (identified at VI.2) including but not limited to central government departments and their agencies, non ...

CONTRACT AWARD NOTICE

Services

SECTION I: CONTRACTING AUTHORITY

I.1)NAME, ADDRESSES AND CONTACT POINT(S)

Buying Solutions
Rosebery Court, St Andrews Business Park
Attn: Corporate Service Desk
NR7 0HS Norwich
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel. +44 3454102222
E-mail:
Fax +44 3454102222

Internet address(es)

General address of the contracting authority www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk

I.2)TYPE OF THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY AND MAIN ACTIVITY OR ACTIVITIES
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
Other Public procurement
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities Yes

SECTION II: OBJECT OF THE CONTRACT

II.1)DESCRIPTION
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract
GSi convergence framework.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category: No 5
Main place of performance Primarily in the UK with some limited requirements overseas.

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)The notice involves
The conclusion of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Buying Solutions as the Contracting Authority has put in place a Pan Government framework agreement for use by UK public sector bodies (identified at VI.2) including but not limited to central government departments and their agencies, non departmental public bodies; NHS bodies and local authorities.
The above public sector bodies have a need for the provision of secure intranet services to facilitate inter-organisational collaboration through secure communication, interoperability and sharing of information. This framework agreement will address this need.
The framework agreement has an initial term of 2 years, with the option to extend for 2 further terms each of up to 1 year’s duration.
The services under the framework agreement include network, email, application, web, hosting, security, data and information sharing including portals and remote presentation services, plus associated design, consultancy and other professional and supporting services.

Services will provide for a range of impact levels up to and including 4,4,4, with possible occasional requirement for applications at higher levels. Impact levels are defined in business impact level tables contained in document "HMG information assurance standard no. 1”, the relevant extract from which may be obtained from the CESG website at www.cesg.gov.uk/policy_technologies/policy/policy.shtml.

The framework agreement will enable customers to call off services to provide continuity for the government secure Intranet service (GSi). The GSi is part of UK Critical National Infrastructure, managed by Buying Solutions and supported by the Cabinet Office and CESG. The secure network and community of secure services operating over it that are created through procurements made via this Framework Agreement are referred to in this document as the "secure intranet”.
The services are to be provided primarily to the UK, although the framework may also be used by UK Contracting Authorities to service their overseas sites.
Related procurements.
This is one of several related OJEU notices issued or planned in association with the provision of telecommunications services to the UK public sector as part of a general transition to PSN standards. Others are listed below:
- Managed telecommunications convergence framework to provide managed telecommunications services (OJEU notice published concurrently with this notice),
- Procurements to establish a range of PSN central services (services that underpin the core infrastructure of the PSN),
- 2 procurements for provision of PSN-compliant services.
Services to be provided within this framework agreement.
The successful framework supplier will offer all the services listed.
1. Network services to support voice, video and data applications, including but not limited to:
1.1. Network connectivity (including connectivity via the use of satellite and other wireless services) to any end location, from large to small buildings, shared or single occupancy, and including users’ domestic residences;
1.2. A range of network connectivity options for capacity, performance, interoperability, class and quality of service and availability;
1.3. The ability to specify for each connection a range of service classes to meet the differing priority demands of different customer traffic types, such as voice, video and data;
1.4. Flexible capacity options, where there are known peaks in demand or the need to respond quickly to unforeseeable temporary peaks in demand;
1.5. Appropriately protected gateways to enable intercommunication with other networks and to the Internet as required;
1.6. The ability to establish segregated customer-specific and community network services;
1.7. Customer local area networks (LANs), cabling and associated uninterruptible power supplies;
2. Support for communities of interest (which may include public and private sector organisations providing services to government) including, but not limited to:
2.1. Support for communities accredited to Impact Levels from 2,2,4 to 4,4,4;
2.2. Support for authorised intercommunication between communities accredited to different impact levels;
2.3. Support for intercommunication with authorised third parties and third party communities.
3. Remote access services including, but not limited to:
3.1. Remote access solutions to enable users to securely access their business services from any location.
4. Email services including, but not limited to:
4.1. Secure SMTP mail gateway to and from the Internet and other connected networks;
4.2. Email relay and associated services such as anti-spam, anti-virus and other malware protection services;
4.3. Email mailbox and associated services including the creation and use of a user email directory as part of a consolidated user directory;
4.4. Content (including image) scanning and control to identify inappropriate content.
5. Web browsing, data transfer, HTTP and FTP services including, but not limited to:
5.1. HTTP proxy / secure Internet gateway - mediated Internet gateway providing access to the Internet and controlling active content inbound to the secure intranet;
5.2. HTTP content scanning for the presence of inappropriate material, viruses and other malware;
5.3. FTP publishing between government websites and intranets and the secure intranet;
5.4. Secure proxy service, enabling users working at impact levels 4,4,4 or 3,3,4 to safely browse down to a lower security regime;
5.5. Large file transfer service.
6. Domain name services including, but not limited to:
6.1. A domain name system across the secure Intranet for central name to address management and resolution.
7. Hosting services including, but not limited to:
7.1. Server and application hosting;
7.2. Co-location for customer systems.
8. Application services including, but not limited to:
8.1. Managed shared applications service for development, hosting, maintenance and support of applications;
9. Web portal and directory services including, but not limited to:
9.1. A web portal for the secure Intranet;
9.2. A directory hosted on the web portal, maintaining information about people and organisations in secure Intranet communities.
10. Security services including, but not limited to:
10.1. Intrusion detection and prevention services;
10.2. Encryption services.
11. Design, deployment and transition services in respect of services provided within this framework, including, but not limited to:
11.1. Planning, specifying and designing acquisition, deployment, transition and integration;
11.2. Implementation including testing and integration;
11.3. Project and programme management;
11.4. Compatibility planning with legacy systems and technologies;
11.5. Transition from legacy systems and technologies;
11.6. Exit arrangements and transition to successor services;
11.7. Consultancy and design relating to the services provided under this framework.
Common service attributes.
The successful framework supplier will also offer the following:
- Business continuity,
- Flexible billing.
Standards.
The services provided by the successful framework supplier will comply with the following standards and requirements:
- Next generation networks (NGNs).
The contracting authority recognises the benefits associated with next generation networks (NGNs), and the need for the associated risks and issues to be addressed within this tender in relation to services offered that are based on NGN technologies. The NGN procurement standards project was initiated as part of the Cabinet Office’s NGN Risk Mitigation Programme, and the resulting guidance may be downloaded from:

www.ogc.gov.uk/procurement_documents_telecoms_procurement.asp.

- Sustainability.
The sustainability of services offered under the framework will be key in reducing customers’ carbon footprint, not only in energy consumption but also in enabling further wider reduction. In addition, the sustainability of contractors’ sources of supply will be a key consideration. As such, sustainability will be a common theme throughout the lifetime of the framework and the call-off contracts awarded under it.
- Public sector network (PSN).
The UK PSN is a developing concept of interoperating services creating the effect of a single network. The standards will govern both interconnection of service provider networks and the relevant key service characteristics/attributes that ensure interoperability and end-to-end service assurance.
To the extent practicable given the state of development of the PSN standards at the time of issuing the invitation to participate in dialogue, suppliers who are invited to dialogue will be required to take those standards into account in preparing their proposals with a view to ensuring a smooth transition to PSN-compliant services across the UK public sector. Buying Solutions may decide, however, not to include any such requirement in the invitation to participate in dialogue.

Further information on the PSN may be found at: www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/cio/public_sector_network.aspx.

II.1.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

32400000, 80531200, 79710000, 79421200, 79421100, 79421000, 79212000, 72720000, 72710000, 72700000, 72511000, 72422000, 72421000, 72420000, 72417000, 72415000, 72412000, 72411000, 72400000, 72322000, 72212514, 72212224, 72212223, 72212221, 72212220, 72212214, 72212211, 72212210, 72212200, 72150000, 72140000, 72130000, 72120000, 72110000, 72100000, 72000000, 71631000, 71630000, 71621000, 71620000, 71356400, 71356300, 71356200, 71356100, 71356000, 71316000, 64227000, 64224000, 64222000, 64221000, 48211000, 48210000, 48200000, 45315300, 45314320, 45314310, 45314300, 45314200, 45314000, 45312330, 45311000, 45310000, 45232332, 45232300, 45231600, 32581100, 32581000, 32580000, 32572000, 32571000, 32570000, 32562300, 32562200, 32562100, 32552000, 32530000, 32524000, 32523000, 32522000, 32521000, 32418000, 32417000, 32415000, 32413100, 32413000, 32412120, 32412110, 32412100, 32412000, 32411000, 32410000, 31154000, 32420000, 32421000, 32422000, 32423000, 32424000, 32425000, 32427000, 32428000, 32430000, 32500000, 32510000, 32520000, 48214000, 48219000, 48219100, 48219500, 48219700, 48219800, 48220000, 48221000, 48222000, 48223000, 48224000, 48510000, 48514000, 48730000, 48731000, 48732000, 48760000, 48761000, 48811000, 48825000, 50300000, 50312300, 50312310, 50312320, 50330000, 50331000, 50332000, 50333000, 50334400, 51300000, 51311000, 51600000, 64200000, 64210000, 64214400, 64216120, 72212760, 72212761, 72222000, 72222200, 72222300, 72223000, 72224000, 72224100, 72224200, 72225000, 72226000, 72227000, 72228000, 72230000, 72246000, 72250000, 72251000, 72252000, 72253000, 72253100, 72253200, 72254000, 72254100, 72260000, 72261000, 72262000, 72263000, 72264000, 72265000, 72266000, 72267000, 72267100, 72315000, 72315100, 72315200, 72318000

II.1.6)Contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
Yes
II.2)TOTAL FINAL VALUE OF CONTRACT(S)
II.2.1)Total final value of contract(s)
Value 74 163 000 GBP

SECTION IV: PROCEDURE

IV.1)TYPE OF PROCEDURE
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Competitive dialogue
IV.2)AWARD CRITERIA
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of
1. Price. Weighting 35
2. Contract. Weighting 15
3. Requirements & SLA. Weighting 20
4. Transition. Weighting 20
5. Convergence. Weighting 10
IV.2.2)An electronic auction has been used
No
IV.3)ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority
RM828
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Contract notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 343643 of 12.12.2009

SECTION V: AWARD OF CONTRACT

CONTRACT NO: RM828TITLE GSi convergence framework.
V.1)Date of contract award decision:
1.6.2011
V.2)NUMBER OF OFFERS RECEIVED:
3
V.3)NAME AND ADDRESS OF ECONOMIC OPERATOR IN FAVOUR OF WHOM A CONTRACT AWARD DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN

Cable & Wireless UK
Waterside House
RG12 1XL Bracknell
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel. +44 2073154000
Internet: www.cw.com

V.4)INFORMATION ON VALUE OF CONTRACT
Total final value of the contract
Value 74 163 000 GBP
If annual or monthly value number of years 4
V.5)THE CONTRACT IS LIKELY TO BE SUB-CONTRACTED
No

SECTION VI: COMPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

VI.1)CONTRACT RELATED TO A PROJECT AND/OR PROGRAMME FINANCED BY COMMUNITY FUNDS
No
VI.2)ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Central government departments, executive agencies and NDPBs.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/A-ZOfCentralGovernment/index.htm

Executive agencies.

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ministerial_responsibilities/executive_agencies.aspx

Public corporations.

http://www.shareholderexecutive.gov.uk/portfolio/index.asp

Local authorities.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/Localcouncils/AToZOfLocalCouncils/DG_A-Z_LG)

NDPBs.

http://beta.civilservice.gov.uk/Assets/Master%209 %20March%20version_tcm6-6429.pdf

http://beta.civilservice.gov.uk/jobs/Departments-NDPBs-AtoL/A-to-L.aspx

National parks authorities.

http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/

Educational establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the department for children, schools and families including schools, universities and colleges but not independent schools.

http://www.edubase.gov.uk/search.xhtml;jsessionid=4767F89630A039E98FE593093D577013?clear=true

Police forces.

http://www.police-information.co.uk/police-directory/index.php?cat=6&subcat=29

Fire and rescue services (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

http://www.fireservice.co.uk/information/ukfrs.php

NHS Bodies England including acute trusts, ambulance trusts, primary care trusts, care trusts, NHS Hospital trusts, strategic health authorities, mental health trusts, special health authorities, community health councils, local health boards, NHS trusts, including ambulance trusts. (there is also a drill down to NHS doctors making them ‘easily identifiable’).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Aboutus/OrganisationsthatworkwithDH/Armslengthbodies/Categorisationofarmslengthbodies/index.htm

http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/Pages/PrimaryCareTrustListing.aspx

http://www.general-practitioners-uk.co.uk/

Hospices.
Hospices in UK including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

http://www.hauraki.co.uk/hospice_uk/

Registered social landlords (housing associations).

http://www.housingcorp.gov.uk/server/show/nav.490

Charities.
Third sector organisations whose activities involve the delivery of public services [note: do you intend this to be a separate heading as third sector organisations also include community groups, co-operatives and mutuals, voluntary groups and social enterprises.
Citizens advice.

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/aboutus/citizens_advice_offices.htm

Scottish public bodies.
Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government & ministers.
Scottish local authorities.
Scotland Excel CoPE is the CoPE for the majority of Scotland’s local authorities.
Scottish agencies, NDPBs.
Central Government CoPE is the CoPE for all Scottish agencies, NDPB’s, Advisory NDPB’s, public corporations and tribunals.
Cross border public authorities.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/si/si1999/19991319.htm

Scottish NHS bodies.
National Procurement CoPE for NHS.
Scottish further and higher education bodies.
APUC CoPE (for colleges and Universities the below link takes you to a list of organisations on the SHEFC site).
Scottish Police.
Scottish police forces & associated bodies.
Scottish fire and rescue.
Scottish fire & rescue services link to the 8 services.
Scottish housing associations.
Scottish housing associations (this site shows the housing associations signed up to SFHA).
Scottish Parliament.
Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) - The Scottish Parliament.
The Scotland Office.
The Scotland Office.
Scotland Citizens Advice.
Citizens Advice.
Scottish schools.
Primary schools.
Secondary schools.
Special schools.
Welsh public bodies National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh local authorities.

http://www.assemblywales.org/abthome/abt-links.htm

http://new.wales.gov.uk/?lang=en

https://www.sell2wales.co.uk/help/2158.html

NHS Wales.

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/catorgs.cfm#1

NHS Wales GP practices.

http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/small/en/home/healthinformation/usefulpatientinformation/localhealthboards

Police Forces Wales.

http://www.police-information.co.uk/police-directory/index.php?cat=6&subcat=32

NI public bodies.
Northern Ireland government departments.

http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/gov.htm

Northern Ireland public sector bodies and local authorities.

http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/az2.htm

Schools in Northern Ireland.

http://www.denidata.nics.gov.uk/appinstitutes/instmain.aspx

Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland.

http://www.unixl.com/info/northern-ireland.htm

Health and Social care in Northern Ireland.

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=hospitals

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=boards

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=agencies

http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=councils

http://www.centralservicesagency.com/files/currentmedicallists/file/Northern%20Ireland%20Practice%20List.xls

Police Service of Northern Ireland.

http://www.police-information.co.uk/police-directory/view.php?id=31&page=0&cat=6&subcat=31&subsubcat=0

Citizens Advice Northern Ireland.

http://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/en/Where-We-Are/Bureaus/

http://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/en/About-Us/Contact/

VI.3)PROCEDURES FOR APPEAL
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

This procurement is subject to review by the courts of England and Wales

Body responsible for mediation procedures

DRS-CIArb, on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
12 Bloomsbury Square
WC1A 2LP London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail:
Tel. +44 08452707055
Internet: www.padre.org.uk

VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action in the High Court. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period (3 months from the date of the claimant's knowledge of the breach). 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 only award damages.
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Buying Solutions
3rd Floor, Royal Liver Building, Pier Head
L3 1PE Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4)DATE OF DISPATCH OF THIS NOTICE:
23.6.2011