Digital Districts: Birmingham Next Generation Wireless Connectivity

Birmingham: communications network

Digital Districts: Birmingham Next Generation Wireless Connectivity

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Birmingham City Council, Council House
Victoria Square
For the attention of: Mrs Manjit Samrai
B1 1BB Birmingham
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1213030349
E-mail: procurement_info@birmingham.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1213037322

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk; www.finditbirmingham.gov.uk
Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc/

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: no

 

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

Digital Districts: Birmingham Next Generation Wireless Connectivity.

 

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

Services
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Birmingham.
NUTS code UKG31

 

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)

Birmingham City Council wishes to take positive action towards improving digital connectivity across Birmingham, and wants to take a lead in finding innovative solutions to encourage its citizens to be able to benefit from the digital revolution. This contract provides an opportunity to develop commercial models in partnership with Birmingham for wireless connectivity, working with BCC as a sole corporate landlord, facilitating commercial negotiations for access to, and use of, the City’s 230+ tower blocks, 95 000+ lamp posts and other City Council owned assets.
BCC seeks a partner who can provide a wholesale, open access digital wireless network which will enable increased broadband speeds compared to 3G, increased levels of accessibility to high speed mobile broadband services and a ubiquitous, high speed, innovative service and product proposition to help tackle digital exclusion.
The successful partner must be prepared to make a significant investment in equipment, systems and services to bring next generation connectivity to the city and to work with BCC to realise the appropriate vehicle for the implementation of a ubiquitous next generation network across the city and suburbs of Birmingham.
The council considers that a Joint Venture approach in partnership with Birmingham is likely to be the most suitable option for citywide, ubiquitous next generation wireless connectivity, and welcomes expressions of interest from organisations or consortia prepared to consider this approach. However, if an alternative solution would be more advantageous to this project, the council is also willing to consider this.

 

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

32412000, 32412100, 32412110, 32424000, 32510000, 32571000, 64200000, 64210000, 72300000

 

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

 

II.1.8)Lots

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:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 100 000 000,00 and 125 000 000,00 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: 72 (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 contracting authority reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees, bonds and/or other forms of appropriate security.

 

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

Included in the tender documents.

 

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

Joint and several liability.
No special legal form is requiired but in the case of group bidders the authority requires that a prime service provider assumes primary liability for the group and that each organisation in the group accepts joint and several liability.

 

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: When executing the contract in the UK the successful tenderer will be required to comply with the recommendations of the code of practice for the elimination of Racial Discrimination and the promotion of Equality of Opportunity in Employment published by the Commission for Racial Equality.
The successful tenderer will be required to participate actively in the service related economic, social and environmental regeneration of the locality of and surrounding the place of delivery for the procurement.
Accordingly, tender evaluation and contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social, economic and environmental considerations.

 

III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As set out in the PQQ and tender documents.

 

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As set out in the PQQ and tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As set out in the PQQ and tender documents.

 

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As set out in the PQQ and tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As set out in the PQQ and tender documents.

 

III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

 

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

 

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

competitive dialogue

 

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

Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As set out in the PQQ and tender documents.

 

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated yes

 

IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

 

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:

S30

 

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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2010/S 151-233229 of 2.8.2010

 

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

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 16.12.2011 – 17:00
Payable documents: no

 

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

23.12.2011 – 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

English.

 

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

Organisations wishing to be considered for a tendering opportunity must notify the City Council of their interest by no later than Friday, 16.12.2011 at 17:00 hours, using the council’s e-tendering system In-Tend, https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc/. Once registered on In-Tend organisations will then be able to access a pre-qualification document which must be completed and returned using the tendering system by no later than noon on Friday, 23.12.2011 at 12 noon. If you are unable to access or register with In-tend, please call Manjit Samrai on +44 1213030349. The questionnaire provided by the City Council will ask service providers to indicate their economic and financial standing, technical ability and appropriate skills, efficiency, experience, reliability and provide satisfactory responses to questions relating to race relations, health and safety and sustainability. The information provided in response to this questionnaire will be used as part of a pre-tender evaluation in order to select a long list of potential service providers to be invited to tender. Where consortia or group of organisations wish to express an interest in this project each organisation responding to the provision of services will be expected to complete a questionnaire. Organisations should note that if and when this requirement is offered to tender (ITPD stage onwards), this will also be done via electronic means using In-tend. When executing the contract in the UK the successful tenderer will be required to comply with the recommendations of the Code of Practice for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the Promotion of Equality of Opportunity in Employment published by the Commission for Racial Equality.

 

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:15.11.2011