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West of England Wireless Concession.

Public works concession

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Bristol City Council
City Hall, College Green
For the attention of: Ian Macdougall
BS1 5TR Bristol

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
1.3)Main activity
General public services
1.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

West of England Partners as described in Description
See ITPD documentation

Section II: Object of the concession

II.1)Description of the concession
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
West of England Wireless Concession.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works
Realisation, by whatever means of work, corresponding to the requirements specified by the contracting authoritiesMain site or location of works Bristol CC;
South Gloucestershire Council;
North Somerset Council.
II.1.3)Short description of the contract:
Further to Prior Information Notice 257542-2013, issued on 1.8.2013, Bristol City Council, as lead Authority are seeking to procure wireless concession(s) on behalf of neighbouring Authorities (the Authorities) within the West of England (WoE). These Authorities are named within the Lots.
Four Lots have been identified all with the following over arching outcomes:
- Availability of region wide wireless;
- Level of free usage available - Authority specific;
- Enable participation & inclusion within excluded areas;
- Engage, attract & grow business;
- Private sector investment leveraged;
- Authority growth areas covered;
- Wireless technology including 3G/4G,5G & beyond & Wi-Fi network available;
- Revenue streams support local objectives;
- Business growth hubs connected;
- Cross border and local SME mobility addressed;
- Corporate branded splash page - Authority specific.
Lot 1
Bristol City Council

We are seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced organisations for the provision and supply of a wireless concession to covering 54 business growth areas as identified within Bristol's Core Strategy:

Lot 2
Bath and North East Somerset Council
B&NES has identified 19 growth areas that represent significant footfall in terms of tourism, retail, businesses, sporting venues and transport links. Improved wireless coverage of Wi-Fi hotspots and mobile broadband will encourage not only economic development but also stimulate innovation in terms of service/applications
Lot 3
South Gloucestershire Council
Bidders are required to provide and supply a Wireless concession across South Gloucestershire. South Gloucestershire Council's street furniture assets consist of 8,710 street lighting columns. These offer significant potential to help roll out area wide wireless through the granting of a concessions of use.
Lot 4
North Somerset Council
North Somerset is strategically located at the gateway to the South West and is part of the Bristol and Bath City Region. In order to meet objectives such as increasing employment and job opportunities and promoting economic inclusion and providing support for economic development and regeneration in disadvantaged communities, a wireless concession is sought.
The tender will result in the award of up to four contracts, one for each Authority.

Suppliers wishing to participate in this tender will need to register on Bristol City Council's tender portal, this can be found at

Once registered, suppliers will be able to download the relevant documentation.
The Authorities have chosen to adopt a procurement process which encompasses some elements of the Open Procedure and some elements of the Competitive Dialogue Procedure. This hybrid procurement will follow a clear, structured and transparent process to ensure that all bidders are treated equally and fairly and will comply with all aspects of the Public Procurement Regulations 2006.
As part of this tender process, a bidders forum will be held on the 13.1.2014, times to be advised.
Suppliers who have already registered their interest following the issuance of the PIN in August 2013 will be contacted by email.
Suppliers wishing to register interest can contact:
Details of venue and joining instructions will be issued prior to event.
This tender process is subject to the Authorities call in period for projects of this nature. Should approval to proceed not be granted, bidders will be informed.
The Authorities will not be liable to pay anything towards bidders costs in the event of a call in and subsequent abandonment.
Wireless Concession
The Authorities will seek to offer a license or concession to use street furniture through this procurement, which would see the Wi-Fi element of the wireless concession, paying for itself in commercially viable areas while creating a revenue stream to support ubiquity in less viable tracts i.e. cross fund investment.
It should be noted that:
- The procurement will follow a concessionary model contract. The Authorities have chosen to voluntarily issue an OJEU Notice and for the avoidance of doubt this action shall not give rise to any further obligations other than those applicable to Concessionary services.
- Subject to the successful completion of the procurement process, the Authorities intend to award public services concession contracts to the successful bidder(s) for a period of up to 7 years.
Suppliers with following accreditation will be able to work on the Authorities Street Furniture and certification must be evidenced as part of the procurement process:
- HERS (NHSS8) accreditation to demonstrate that suppliers have competent engineers in Highway Electrical and Associated Works.
- G39 accreditation for working on lighting columns and CCTV Columns
- Health and Safety - Suppliers must use suitable mobile elevated platforms for working at height.
- The Council's Highways and Street Lighting teams will conduct a number (estimated 10 %) of inspections to ensure that the work meets the Council's standards.
Small cell devices must meet the following standards:
- ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection) radiation standards.
II.1.4)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

32510000, 32412100, 32412110, 32424000, 32523000, 32571000, 64200000, 64227000

II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Minimum percentage of the works to be awarded to third parties:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met Please see ITPD documentation - download from ref. REQD1000958

III.1.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met Please see ITPD documentation - download from ref. REQD1000958

III.1.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met Please see ITPD documentation - download from ref. REQD1000958

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Award criteria:

Please see ITPD documentation - download from ref. REQD1000958

IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.2.2)Time-limit for the submission of applications
Date: 31.1.2014 - 12:00
IV.2.3)Language(s) in which applications may be submitted

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Procedures for appeal
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: