Mobile Application Development Services for BBC – Preferred Suppliers

Mobile Application Development Services for BBC – Preferred Suppliers

Design and Engineering is seeking to establish a short list of preferred suppliers for the provision of mobile development services.

United Kingdom-London: Software development services

2016/S 151-273362

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Broadcasting House, Portland Place
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 7753902714
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: broadcasting

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Mobile Application Development Services.

Reference number: PROC201638

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Design and Engineering is the Division of the BBC responsible for delivering digital experiences to the audience. Part of the digital portfolio includes a range of audience facing native (iOS and Android) mobile and hybrid applications.

Design and Engineering is seeking to establish a short list of preferred suppliers for the provision of mobile development services, and associated services, to support their engineering efforts. The benefits sought in going to market are:

— Development of a specialised, focussed capability.

— Building deep expertise with the BBC Mobile Application Platform (MAP) and MAP component suite.

— Driving alignment on mobile application build and architecture approach.

— Driving development of modular, functional, capabilities by augmenting and extending the Mobile Application Platform and in turn, greater utility and reuse across the BBC mobile technology estate.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 4 500 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Supplier shall be required to provide the following range of services and/or deliverables:

Bespoke development and support of native mobile applications or components, comprising:

(a) Full lifecycle development from requirements to deployed application;

(b) Built to the BBC’s requirements by:

(1) Adopting the BBC’s mobile components and architectural patterns; and

(2) Contributing back reuseable components;

(c) Adopting Agile practices; and

(d) Support and maintenance of such deployed application.

Augmentation of BBC teams (either existing teams or enabling parallel work-streams) in order to uplift velocity (i.e. deliverables based) by:

(a) Providing skills in the combination of:

(1) agile delivery management;

(2) business analysis;

(3) engineering; and

(4) testing;

(b) Embedding and working alongside existing BBC teams to deliver product features;

(c) Normally on-site at a BBC location (for example, Salford or London); and

(d) Working under the direction of the BBC.

The BBC intends to award between 4 and 7 Framework Agreements following the procurement process, in accordance with our evaluation methodology at Section B, paragraph 3 of the ITT Documentation.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Strategic Alignment / Weighting: 13
Quality criterion – Name: Scalability / Weighting: 7.5
Quality criterion – Name: Platform and Domain Expertise / Weighting: 7.5
Quality criterion – Name: Software Design / Weighting: 7.5
Quality criterion – Name: Testing / Weighting: 7.5
Quality criterion – Name: Agile / Weighting: 7
Price – Weighting: 50
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

This Framework Agreement shall commence on the 28.10.2016 and shall continue for a period of 2 (two) years. For the avoidance of doubt, the Initial Term shall expire on 27.10.2018. The BBC may extend the Initial Term for up to 2 (two) separate periods of up to 12 (twelve) months per period commencing on expiry of the Initial Term and the first extension respectively.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The estimated value of the framework agreement is approximately 1 000 000 GBP per annum, however the initial term may be slightly less depending on utilisation and may become more as the framework succeeds.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

Where there is more than one economic operator, the BBC reserves the right to require a grouping of economic operators to take a particular legal form or to require a single economic operator to take primary liability or to require that each party undertakes joint and several liability.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 7
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 09/09/2016
Local time: 10:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 09/09/2016
Local time: 10:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

In the case of technology requirements, the BBC may involve its technology partner (Atos IT Solutions and Services Limited) to assist in the scoping and drafting of invitations to tender and/or the evaluation of tenders. However, the final decision as to which is the most economically advantageous (by reference to the award criteria) will be made by the BBC. The awarding authority reserves the right not to award a contract and to annul the procurement process at any stage. Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in sterling and all payments will be made in sterling. The contract shall be subject to English law. The awarding authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest, or any tender and reserves the right to accept part of a tender unless the tenderer expressly stipulates otherwise in the tender document.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

British Broadcasting Corporation
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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