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Oscar Williams

News editor

The week in public sector tech: the biggest tenders and awards (18/07)

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

Transport for London issued the biggest tender of the week: a £71m contract to install a new CCTV system on the Piccadilly Line. The cameras will be introduced in time for the rollout of new trains as part of the “deep tube upgrade programme” in 2023. The public tender is light on detail, but similar systems are currently used by drivers on all lines other than the Piccadilly and Bakerloo to check the doors of the train before departure. The contract includes an option to extend the system to the Bakerloo line in due course.

Authority Contract Title Date Published Bid Deadline Framework Tender Value (High)
Transport for London One Person Operation Platform to Train CCTV System 13/07/18 10/08/18 N £71,000,000
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Unified Communications and Networks Support Services 09/07/18 30/07/18 N £14,000,000
University of Exeter Contract for provision of an IT service management solution 12/07/18 13/08/18 N £3,045,000
Southern Water Services Sludge Application Management Solution 10/07/18 06/08/18 N £760,000
UK Shared Business Services Limited Satellite Data Imagery Bulk Buy 13/07/18 23/08/18 N £750,000

Top 10 suppliers

Top five awards

The biggest deal of the week is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ £135m award to the IT services giant Atos. Atos has been enlisted to provide hosting and application support to Defra and several of its agencies. The department is currently trying to modernise its IT network and replace existing contracts. But it came under fire earlier this year for extending a 13-year-old £1.4bn contract with IBM to the tune of an extra £30m. It said it was forced to make the move because “substantial application development and maintenance services” were required in the run up to Brexit.

Contracting Authority Supplier Contract Title Data Awarded Framework Award / Framework Value
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Atos Defra — UnITy Programme — Hosting and Application Support 19/06/18 N £135,000,000
Essex County Council Multiple Suppliers Superfast Essex Phase 4a 14/06/18 N £6,570,000
North Lanarkshire Council PwC Digital Business Partner 20/06/18 N £6,400,000
Ministry of Defence Techmodal VERITAS Enduring IT Support 21/06/18 N £6,002,000
Information Commissioner’s Office Little Fish Hosting and Systems Management 04/04/18 N £6,000,000