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The biggest govtech deals of the week (2/12/19)

This is the latest instalment of an exclusive series analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. In partnership with GlobalData, which is part of the same group as NS Tech, we’ve drilled down into the most valuable tenders and awards from the last seven days. Here’s what we found this week…

Prior information notices

Newcastle University has unveiled plans to roll out a new digital assessment system. According to a prior information notice, the supplier will be tasked with supporting “high stakes secure online exams at the university”. The university is specifically looking for a vendor which already provides a similar service to other universities and can offer an off the shelf solution.

Authority Contract Title Framework Register Interest Deadline Publication Date (Estimate)
Newcastle University Pre-tender for the supply, maintenance and support of a digital assessment system N 6/1/2020 18/3/20
Edinburgh Council Pre-tender for the provision of ICT managed services for the Lothian Pension Fund N N/A 6/1/20
City of Edinburgh Council Pre-tender for a Customer Records Management System N N/A 17/1/20
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Pre-tender to produce an ophthalmology telemedicine and image workflow management solution N 5/12/19 1/4/20
Network Rail Pre-tender for the OLE Dynamic Interface Pattern Recognition System N 20/12/19 1/4/20


The largest tender of the week comes from Tower Hamlets council, which is looking to procure a customer relationship management system. The contract has an estimated value of £17.5m and will remain in place for 11 years. The closing date for applications is 23 December.

Authority Contract Title Value Length (months) Framework Deadline
Tower Hamlets Tender for fully functional CRM system operating as a back office system £17.5m 132 N 23/12/19
NHS Shared Business Services Tender for a framework agreement for digital dictation and speech recognition £3m-60m 48 Y 8/1/20
Durham County Council Tender for the provision of broadband infrastructure £9.7m 26 N 2/2/2020
Home Office Tender for enhancing the technologies and capabilities of an existing application solution £6m 24 N 12/12/19
Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Tender for an Equipment and Support Provider (EESP) £5m 24 N 5/12/19


Cricle IT has secured the single largest award unveiled last week: a £15.4m contract to overhaul Cardiff University’s IT network. The tender notice stated that university was “exploring a ‘working partnership’ based approach where its appointed supplier will deliver the new IT network; providing an overall design and replacement programme that meets the University’s identified current and future needs whilst protecting its investment in technology.”

Contracting Authority Supplier Contract Title Value Framework
Cardiff University Circle IT Award to deliver IT network solution that meets University’s current and future needs £15.4m N
Highways England Telefonica Award for corporate mobile devices £8.1m N
Coventry University Deloitte Award for a suitable transformation partner to modernise end-to-end student journey £8m N
Waltham Forest Council Various Award for the supply, installation and maintenance of CCTV and network and security management £7m Y