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Oscar Williams

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The week in govtech: the biggest tenders and awards (5/2/19)

This is the latest instalment of an exclusive series analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. Every week, in partnership with 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…

Top five tenders

Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has issued the biggest tender of the week: a framework valued at up to £20m for digital evidence extraction tools. The notice is light on detail but reveals plans to allow police forces from across the country to buy tools and training to extract digital evidence from computers and smartphones. Because it will be set up as a dynamic purchasing system, suppliers can join the framework at any time up until the point at which it closes in 2025.

Authority Contract Title Date Published Bid Deadline Framework Tender Value (High)
Police & Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire Procurement of DiTED — Lot 2 — Evidence Extraction and Acquisition 28/1/19 30/3/25 N £20,000,000
Police & Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire Procurement of DiTED — Lot 4 — Digital Forensic Proficiency Testing 28/1/19 30/3/25 N £2,500,000
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Gigabit Capable Fibre Programme 28/1/19 27/2/19 N £2,351,000
Department of Justice (NI) DoF NISRA — Purchase of IBM SPSS Subscription and Support 28/1/19 25/2/19 N £184,000
Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council Supply and Installation of Meeting room Technology 28/1/19 14/2/19 N £180,000

Prior Information Notices

This week’s biggest PIN comes from Tayside Procurement Consortium, which is searching for a supplier to roll out full fibre broadband to public buildings across the Tay cities region, encompassing Dundee, Perth, Angus and Fife. The contract, which is worth £11m, does not yet have a bid deadline.

Contracting Authority Contract Title Date Published Bid Deadline Framework Value
Tayside Procurement Consortium Tay Cities Full Fibre Network Programme — Market Information Event 28/1/19 N £11m
East Of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub Wound Imaging Solution 1/2/19 Y £2m
Department for Work & Pensions Intelligent Automation Resources 30/1/19 8/3/19 N
NHS North East Essex CCG Request For Information – Digital Platform and Digital passport for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions 22/1/19 14/2/19 Y

Top five awards

Itelligence Business Solutions has won the biggest single award of the week: a £40m contract to supply the Open University with new core technology, including an integrated HR, finance and student record system. The contract was awarded in December and currently has no end date.

Contracting Authority Supplier Contract Title Date Awarded Framework Award / Framework Value
The Open University Itelligence Business Solutions (UK) Limited Core SYSTEMS/PUR/OJEU/2018 13/12/18 N £40,000,000
Ministry of Defence Airbus Defence And Space Limited Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC) Contract Renewal 10/1/19 N £19,600,000
University of Birmingham Ellucian Global Limited Student Record System 29/1/18 N £8,000,000
British Transport Police Phoenix Software Limited Microsoft Enterprise Subscription 17/1/18 N £4,200,000
Essex County Council Multiple Suppliers IT Hardware 8/12/18 Y £4,000,000