Telecommunications Tender – Superfast Essex Rural Challenge Project

Telecommunications Tender – Superfast Essex Rural Challenge Project

Essex County Council (ECC) is procuring a contract for the delivery of a next generation access network and associated services.

United Kingdom-Chelmsford: Telecommunications services

2014/S 248-438922

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Essex County Council
PO Box 4, County Hall, Market Road
Contact point(s): Commercial Services
For the attention of: Melanie Bailey
CM1 1JZ Chelmsford
Telephone: +44 3330136304

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Electronic access to information:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Epping Forest District Council
Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Essex
CM16 4BZ Epping

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Superfast Essex Rural Challenge Project (0146 BDUK Phase 2B).

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 5: Telecommunications services

NUTS code UKH33

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Essex County Council (ECC) is procuring a contract for the delivery of a next generation access network and associated services.
Under the Superfast Essex programme, Essex County Council is working with the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) Programme to extend coverage of superfast broadband (greater than 24 Mbps) across Essex, in areas beyond the reach of commercially — funded deployments which are unlikely to be covered without public intervention. This procurement requires a wholesale broadband network solution providing wholesale broadband services that retail service respondents can use to provide business consumers, residential consumers, and public sector organisations with a range of broadband services for the term.
The project is being commissioned following an Open Market Review and State Aid Public Consultation to determine the areas in Essex where state intervention is deemed to be required. This was completed in November 2014. The project scope is defined from within the identified areas and is focused within Epping Forest District. ECC is working with Epping Forest District Council on this project.

The contract will be part of the Superfast Essex programme’s Phase 2 delivery, and will operate alongside the existing broadband contract procured under the national BDUK framework for Phase 1 of the programme and a new contract under the framework (with separate scope) currently under procurement for Phase 2. Further information on the Superfast Essex Programme is available at

The solution is required initially within a defined area of scope within the boundary of Epping Forest District Council. Any further scope in other District and Borough councils as well as the unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend on Sea within the county of Essex is to be confirmed.
This contract must be awarded to 1 Contractor or 1 Consortium. Full details will be provided in the tender documentation.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64200000, 72315000, 50334400, 50330000, 45232300, 32571000, 32562200, 32510000, 32412100, 32425000, 32420000, 32424000, 32412000,32412110, 32500000, 32570000, 45000000, 45231600, 45232332, 50332000, 51300000, 64227000, 72400000, 32530000, 45232340, 45314000,64210000, 51000000, 71316000, 72222000, 79340000, 79342000, 32521000, 32522000, 32523000, 32524000, 32572000, 32562100, 32520000,32562300, 65300000, 45314300, 45314310, 72220000, 72411000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no


This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The proposed solution must deliver a wholesale broadband service which makes available the greatest download and upload access speeds (data throughput) to as many premises as possible within the project’s area of scope — which currently contains 4,545 eligible premises within Epping Forest district — by 31.12.2017. This wholesale broadband service must be open to all service and communications respondents on a non-discriminatory basis for at least 7 years from last installation or 31.12.2017 whichever is the later.
The Respondent will be expected to provide substantial investment in the network, and to own and manage the risks associated with developing and operating a wholesale broadband network, including but not limited to take-up risk. The contract will run for approximately 10 years between June 2015 and June 2025. The exact duration is dependent on the date of full implementation of the wholesale broadband network solution.
The proposed solution must comply with the European Commission guidelines for broadband networks and associated State Aid requirements as managed by BDUK. For reference, please review:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 2 000 000 and 5 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 120 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Authority reserves the right to require guarantees (Which may include Parent Company Guarantee), bonds, collateral warranties and other forms of security as appropriate.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

The payment arrangements will be covered by the Contract Terms and Conditions.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

The legal form will be covered by the Contract terms and Conditions.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: See Tender documents for further information.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: In accordance with Article 47 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulation 24 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and as set out in the PQQ which is available to bidders via the supplier portal address shown in section I.1).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As set out in the PQQ which is available to bidders via the supplier portal address shown in section I.1).

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
In accordance with Articles 48 to 50 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulation 25 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and as set out in the PQQ which is available to bidders via the supplier portal address shown in section I.1).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As set out in the PQQ which is available to bidders via the supplier portal address shown in section I.1).
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure


IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 8
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: This will be detailed in the PQQ documentation.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated below

1. Price. Weighting 70

2. Quality. Weighting 30

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

0146 BDUK Phase 2B

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract


IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

5.2.2015 – 12:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates


IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information

Any contract entered into as a result of this notice shall be considered as a contract made under English law. ECC reserves the right not to enter into any agreement or award any contract as a result of this notice and to vary or change or not proceed with this competition at any stage of the procurement process. ECC shall not be responsible for any costs, charges or expenses incurred by any applicant responding to this notice.
Respondents must contact ECC to request to be invited to participate in this procurement by following these instructions:
1. Send an e-mail with your organisation name in the subject title field to

asking to be invited to a the Respondents Information day (see section 4.3) and providing your contact name and Supplier ID/User ANID from your Ariba registration details.
2. If you have more than one registered user who you want invited to the event, provide the name(s) of each registered user in your request as it may not be possible to include additional users at a later stage. If you do not know if your organisation is already registered on Ariba, contact the Helpdesk on +44 8003583556 to check this first.
If your organisation is registered, ask for the details of the Account User Administration Manager then contact that person to be added to your organisation’s registered users. If your organisation is not registered, follow the guide to create a new record.

If you are not registered in Ariba at all, go to

And follow the instructions to register, and then follow steps 1 and 2 above. (Please note: 35 % completion (i.e. mandatory fields only: organisation/user details, commodity, sales territory) is the minimum required for your Ariba cloud registration, you do not need to reach 100 % completion.)
3. Once invited you can log back into the portal and access the information and attachments relating to the opportunity. You will also be able to use the Message Board.
4. Further instructions, guides and assistance on how to take part in an event can be found on the Supplier portal site under the help option on the top menu bar.
We will be holding a Respondent information day in the week commencing 12.1.2015. Respondents will need to register for the information day via our supplier portal once they have access to the event. Respondents will need to use the supplier portal message board and provide a maximum of three names, job titles and contact details to attend the Respondents information day.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: In accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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