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The biggest govtech deals of the week (20/05/19)

This is the latest instalment of an exclusive series analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. Every week, in partnership with the data analysis firm Tussell, we drill down into the most valuable tenders and awards from the last seven days. Here’s what we found this week…

Prior information notices

The Met Office has unveiled plans to procure new supercomputing services for the next five to 14 years. According to the notice, “this must deliver a substantially enhanced capacity, that is both sustainable and innovative in terms of economic, technical, social, environmental and political considerations.” The value of a potential tender has not yet been published.

Contracting Authority Contract Title Date Published Bid Deadline Framework Tender Value (High)
Department for International Trade Enhanced International Support Service (EISS) 14/5/19 N £29m
Ministry of Defence Through Life Support to Modular Data Centres in UAE and Qatar 13/5/19 N £2m
Scottish Government Scottish Government Payments Transformation — Alpha Stage 17/5/19 N £400k
Staffordshire University Academies Trust Broadband Tender 16/5/19 N £50k
Met Office Met Office’s Supercomputing 2020+ 14/5/19 N


One of the biggest tenders of the week comes from Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, which is launching a framework for the provision of data centre, maintenance, security and cloud hosting services. It is estimated the framework will be worth between £50m and £400m.

Authority Contract Title Date Published Bid Deadline Framework Tender Value (High)
National Employment Savings Trust Provision of Nest Scheme Administration Services 13/5/19 16/6/19 N £1.5bn
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation Data Centres, maintenance and management including design and hosting 17/5/19 17/6/19 Y £400m
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Fund Procurement of an Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Solution 13/5/19 9/6/19 N £300m
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Electronic Health Record (EHR) System 14/5/19 9/6/19 N £175m
London Borough of Waltham Forest Lot 1 Network Management 14/5/19 16/6/19 Y £7,m


Amazon Web Services won the biggest deal revealed last week: a £20m contract to supply “IT hosting and compute services” to HMRC. The contract started last month and will last for two years.

Contracting Authority Supplier Contract Title Date Awarded Framework Value
HM Revenue & Customs Amazon Web Services UK Limited HMRC_AWS002 – Compute 17/4/19 N £20m
Cambridgeshire County Council British Telecommunications Public Limited Company Cambridgeshire County Council Connecting Cambridgeshire Phase 4 Superfast Broadband Rollout 15/4/19 Y £8.6m
Ministry of Defence XMA Limited Hardware, Software and Licences for the Ministry of Defence 1/3/19 N £7.1m
Lincolnshire County Council Softcat PLC Further Competition for the Provision of Microsoft Subscription Agreement 4/4/19 Y £3.5m
High Speed TWO (HS2) Limited Sitel UK Limited Award Notice for HS2 Helpdesk and Enquiries Centre 21/1/19 Y £2.9m