Following a successful develoment and implementation of a highways asset management systems utilising geographical referencing / scaling systems and technology. Blackpool Council wishes to negotiate a variation to the current contract with current ...
VOLUNTARY EX ANTE TRANSPARENCY NOTICE
1 Clifton Street
Attn: Mike Kirkman
FY1 1JD Blackpool
Tel. +44 1253478509
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General address of the contracting authority/entity http://www.blackpool.gov.uk
General public services
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities Yes
Service category: No 8
NUTS code UKD42
Justification for the choice of the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice in the OJEU in accordance with Directive 2004/18/EC or 2004/17/EC respectively
c) The works/goods/services can be provided only by a particular tenderer for reasons that are: TechnicalConnected with the protection of exclusive rights
f) New works/services, constituting a repetition of existing works/services and ordered in accordance with the strict conditions stated in the Directive Yes
The Council wishes to commission additional services from a current service contactor, Gaist Ltd, who were procured following an OJEU process ref: 2009/S 184-265648. The stated value range was 600 000 to 2 000 000 GBP. The additional work now to be commissioned is well within the overall financial scope for the initial procurement and in the council's view would therefore be complaint with the Public Contracts Regulations. However, the council as part of its due diligence procedures has elected to post this voluntary notice.The Council, working with Gaist, has been successful in developing innovative approaches and improvements in highway maintenance achieved through better use of data and the application of technology. The Department for Transport (Element 2 asset management funding in 2009/10) supported the Council in this development. A requirement of Element 2 funding was that the learning from the investment could be applied elsewhere.
The DfT are currently in discussions with Blackpool on developing a series of pilot programmes to test the Blackpool / Gaist asset management system in other live local authority environments (Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme - HMEP). If these pilots are a success, the toolkit produced through this investment will be made available to all highway authorities. The expected cost of undertaking these pilots and providing support services to the participaing authorities (funding which will be used with the Council’s supplier) is likely to be 300 000 GBP to 600 000 GBP approximately although final costs are yet to be determined and may considerably exceed this.
The Council believes that the technical requirements and specialist knowledge of Gaist Ltd in developing innovative and cutting-edge highways information systems involving real time processing of telematic data and 4D geographical database solutions and, real time navigation systems, are essential if the work envisaged by DfT is to be successfully delivered to provide a return on investment and, can not be obtained elsewhere. The council and its supplier claim sole IPR in the bespoke treatment surveys that form the basis for the robust financial models that support the asset register. The work involved in HMEP will also incorporate training Council staff in the use of these unique survey methods which is one of the fundamental reasons why Blackpool Council has gained recognition for HMEP.
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