Norfolk County Council IT Platform

Norfolk County Council IT Platform

Norfolk County Council, on its own behalf and on behalf of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Breckland District Council and Eastern Sea Fisheries Joint Committee, wishes to enter into an agreement with a strategic technology partner to transform its approach to modern and combined ways of working.

UK-Norwich: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2013/S 079-133095

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Norfolk County Council
Room 701, County Hall, Martineau Lane
For the attention of: Claire Dawson
NR1 2DH Norwich
Telephone: +44 1603223945

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: 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

Local authorities, NHS bodies or any other organisations and partners

Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Town Hall
NR30 2QF Great Yarmouth

Breckland Council
Walpole Loke
NR19 1EE Dereham

Eastern Sea Fisheries Joint Committee
6 North Lynn Business Village, Bergen Way
PE30 2JG Kings Lynn

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Digital Norfolk Ambition – ICT Platform for Norfolk (NCCT 40378)
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 7: Computer and related services
NUTS code UKH13

II.3)Information on framework agreement

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

Norfolk County Council through its Enterprising Norfolk transformation programme is setting out on a bold programme of service enhancement with a desire to understand and serve citizens and businesses by informed and integrated working.
At the heart of this desire is the realisation that integrated models of working with, partners, communities and suppliers is essential to efficient and sustainable service delivery.
Modern ways of working, combined with a radically different approach to the secure and appropriate use of data and information are the cornerstone of the delivery of all services into the future.
Norfolk County Council, on its own behalf and on behalf of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Breckland District Council and Eastern Sea Fisheries Joint Committee, wishes to enter into an agreement with a strategic technology partner to transform its approach to modern and combined ways of working.
The agreement may also be used to provide services to other local authorities, NHS bodies or any other organisations and partners.
The County Council’s in house ICT Unit currently provides a range of services to 8,000 Norfolk County Council users at County Hall and other sites throughout Norfolk; around 100,000 pupils, teachers and support users at 350 Norfolk Schools and Academies and just under 1000 users at District Councils.
The County Council has active and mature relationships with both its suppliers and public sector partners across the county and is actively progressing a number of integration initiatives.
The County Council is seeking a strategic technology partner who will bring major financial and service benefits in driving forward its ICT strategic vision, delivering innovation and step change in the provision of its technology platforms and the creation jointly of a fully optimised technical service delivered in partnership. This vision includes the set up provisioning and joint management of:
— Secure and flexible cloud computing services, public, private or hybrid;
— Modern tools to facilitate an agile model of working, with special emphasis on integrated working, facilitated to a new approach to identity management;
— A Norfolk Information Centre to allow the collation, sharing and linking of data, within the appropriate statutory confines.
The establishment of an information hub is central to the County Council’s strategic vision and the wider county transformation agenda.
By integrating underlying infrastructure the County Council is seeking to create a platform for sharing services, achieving flexibility, allowing the public, analysts, professionals and other staff to access services and information anytime, anywhere.
The Council and its partners are seeking to engage with an aspiring partner with the same desire to integrate and innovate.
The County Council is proud of its reputation and brand, it prides itself on the delivery of services and is constantly seeking to improve. The Council wishes to work with a supplier in a true partnership to develop a federated and integrated approach to evidence based public service delivery.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 18 000 000 and 40 000 000 GBP

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72000000, 72500000, 30200000, 30211300, 30213100, 30232000, 72590000, 72600000, 72212900, 51611000, 51610000, 72300000, 48000000, 48620000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:

1. Contract term – the exact length of the contract is yet to be finalised but current thinking is 5 years with extension rights.
2. Concept viability day – further to Paragraph 3 of the Best Value Statutory Guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Local Government in September 2011, the Council is consulting current and potential providers of these services about options for the future delivery of the service. An event is being held to explore the Council’s plans further, prior to a contract notice being issued and applications being invited. The event will be held on 10.5.2013 in Norwich. Places will be limited to two people per organisation (to be limited to one if numbers become unmanageable). If you are interested in this opportunity you are advised to attend the event. Please contact to reserve a place. When e-mailing please provide your name, job title, organisation name, e-mail address and contact telephone number for all attendees. Please ensure you quote reference NCCT40378 in the subject line of your e-mail. A prospectus outlining the Council’s requirements and ambitions for its ICT Services is available upon request.

3. Social value: – The Council has considered (pursuant to the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012) whether to explicitly seek social value through this procurement and has decided that it is appropriate. Significant consultation has already taken place and the Council would be interested to hear from potential providers about whether, and if so how, the procurement process could deliver economic, social or environmental benefit for the County of Norfolk.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:19.4.2013