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Oscar Williams

News editor

The week in public sector tech: the biggest tenders and awards (31/07)

This is the latest instalment of an exclusive feature analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. In partnership with data analysis firm Tussell, we drill down into the top five most valuable tenders and awards from the previous week, and take stock of which tech firms have won the biggest share of the public sector pie.

Top five tenders

The biggest tender of the week comes from Norfolk County Council, which is searching for a supplier to provide access to superfast broadband across the region, “beyond the reach of commercially funded deployments”. This programme is aimed at connecting the remaining 5 per cent of premises that will not have been reached by the commercial initiatives. The contract starts in February 2019 and is worth £18m.

Authority Contract Title Date Published Bid Deadline Framework Tender Value (High)
Norfolk County Council Better Broadband for Norfolk (Tranche 3) 25/07/18 17/08/18 N £18,000,000
Ministry of Defence Provision of Online Databases and Publications and Provision of Online Hardcopy Standards 27/07/18 27/08/18 N £16,500,000
Derbyshire County Council Supply of Networking Equipment including Support and Maintenance and Associated Services 25/07/18 28/08/18 N £3,000,000
Greater Manchester Combined Authority Hosted Electronic Solution for the Administration of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks 27/07/18 03/09/18 Y £2,000,000
Essex County Council Provision of IT Storage and Secure Disposal Services 26/07/18 23/08/18 N £600,000

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Top five awards

The biggest deal of the week is the Cabinet Office’s £500m award to the Crown Hosting Data Centres, a joint venture between the CO and Ark Data Centres. The contract extends an existing deal without the normal tender process “due to the level of critical national infrastructure, which has been moved into the CHDC data centre facilities”. “It had not been appreciated the level of CNI that would rely on this solution when the Framework was set up,” the notice adds. The system must be operational by 16 March 2019, just over a week before the Brexit deadline comes to pass.

Contracting Authority Supplier Contract Title Data Awarded Framework Award / Framework Value
Cabinet Office/CCS Crown Hosting Data Centres Crown Hosting Service 20/07/18 Y £500,000,000
Transport for London Siemens Provision and Commercial Exploitation of a Real Time Optimiser System 27/06/18 N £105,000,000
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council Agilisys The Provision of ICT Services 25/07/18 N £26,476,175
Home Office Mastek Application Development and 3rd Line Support 20/07/18 N £8,000,000
NHS Business Services Authority Valtech NHS Pensions Digitisation 05/07/18 N £4,000,000