Network Tender Manchester
The Cross Art-forms Venues Network Limited (CAVN) seeks a digital network service provider to provide a high speed digital network to the CAVN members.
UK-Manchester: computer network services
Section I: Contracting authority
Cross Art-Form Venues Network Limited
C/O Corner House, 70 Oxford Street
For the attention of: Ali Hossaini
M1 5NH Manchester
Telephone: +44 1612287621
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Manchester.
NUTS code UKD3
— The Cornerhouse, Manchester,
— The Showroom, Sheffield,
— Broadway, Nottingham,
— The Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool,
— The Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle,
— London BFI, Southbank; and,
— Quad, Derby.
As future members join CAVN the digital network sought by this procurement will be expected to be capable of expansion to include such members.
CAVN seeks an innovative qualified contractor to develop and operate a secure private digital network that provides high speed quality data connectivity between its members. Key objectives include:
— Achieving 2 way connection speeds from 11 Mbps and up to 1 Gbps between and amongst members,
— Connection to an internet exchange or hub for the collective provision of internet services; and
— Managing and operating the network.
Proposals involving all types of managed circuit or a dark fibre purchase with associated services will be considered.
The network system being procured will be used by members to develop new applications, content and exhibitions which can be promoted on a national scale. Some examples of how it is expected the network will be used are:
— Daily back up of video production files to a central server,
— Back office integration of ticket sales, purchase orders, accounting and other operations,
— Sharing of capital DCP (digital cinema) files to circumvent the need for transferring films on hard drive,
— A film masters series where noted directors lecturing at the British Film Institute are broadcast live to member cinemas. The lecture would be followed by an interactive Q&A so audiences across Britain can interact with the director via two way video link.
By creating a nationwide complex of linked arts facilities the digital network system will benefit CAVN’s members, the UK arts and the creative economy. As an open access platform it will provide the ideal test bed for experiment and innovation. The content rich, hi-tech platform will generate fresh opportunities for creative practitioners and showcase the UK film, media and arts on a national and international level.
It is expected that the contract will be let for between 3 to 5 years with services commencing within 60 days of the entering into the service contract. Applicants must have experience and a track record of providing similar services.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Please see the invitation to tender.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in sterling and all payments made in relation to the project will be made in Sterling. Any resulting contract will be considered as a contract made in England according to English Law and subject to the enclosed jurisdiction of the English Courts. All discussions will be in English. The Contracting Authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any tender and reserves the right to cancel this award procedure at any time. The Contract Award Criteria will be provided in the invitation to tender. The Contracting Authority shall not be liable for any costs incurred by those expressing interest in negotiation or tendering for this opportunity. The successful tenderer will be required to give an undertaking that it will comply with all UK and EC legislation, standard and applicable guidance. All dates detailed in this Contract Notice are approximate and are subject to change. Use of variants are at the Contracting Authority’s absolute discretion and whether these options will be pursued will be detailed by the Contracting Authority in due course.
The Contracting Authority is making use of the option to reduce to open procedure timescales to 40 days for receipt of tenders from the date of this notice. The Contracting Authority is using E-Box to manage the documentation and process. Applicants should contact tender@CAVN.net to register their interest and will then receive an e-mail from E-Box with instructions on enrolment and access to the secure portal. This will enable applicants to download the ITT and contract documents.
The Contracting Authority is procuring these services on behalf of itself and its members.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:8.3.2012