Scottish Wide Area Network

Scottish Wide Area Network

A single operator framework agreement for a Scottish Wide Area Network is being let on behalf of all Contracting Authorities in Scotland including but not limited to the Authorities listed in I.2 and successors to those bodies in functions and objectives.

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

2012/S 205-337492

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

National Services Scotland (The Common Services Agency)
Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent
Contact point(s): NISG
For the attention of: Mark Salveta
EH12 9EB Edinburgh
Telephone: +44 1312756752

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

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

Body governed by public law
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

Accountant in Bankruptcy

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Historic Scotland

National Archives of Scotland

Scottish Courts Service

Scottish Prison Service

Scottish Public Pensions Agency

Social Work Inspection Agency

Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Transport Scotland

The Scottish Government Core Directorates

Architecture and Design Scotland

General Teaching Council for Scotland

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Learning and Teaching Scotland

Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

National Museums of Scotland

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

Scottish Arts Council

Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration

Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care

Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

Scottish Law Commission

Scottish Legal Aid Board

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Scottish Screen

Scottish Social Services Council

Skills Development Scotland

Sport Scotland

Visit Scotland

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeenshire Council

Angus Council

Argyll and Bute Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Clackmannanshire Council

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dundee City Council

East Ayrshire Council

East Dunbartonshire Council

East Lothian Council

East Renfrewshire Council

Falkirk Council

Fife Council

Glasgow City Council

Highland Council

Inverclyde Council

Midlothian Council

Moray Council, The

North Ayrshire Council

North Lanarkshire Council

Orkney Islands Council

Perth and Kinross Council

Renfrewshire Council

Scottish Borders Council

Shetland Islands Council

South Ayrshire Council

South Lanarkshire Council

Stirling Council

West Dunbartonshire Council

West Lothian Council

Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service

Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service

Fife Fire and Rescue Service

Grampian Fire and Rescue Service

Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service

Tayside Fire and Rescue Service

Central Scotland Police

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary

Fife Constabulary

Grampian Police

Lothian and Borders Police

Northern Constabulary

Strathclyde Police

Tayside Joint Police Board

Golden Jubilee Hospital (National Waiting Times Centre Board)

NHS 24

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

NHS Borders

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

NHS Education for Scotland

NHS Fife

NHS Forth Valley

NHS Grampian

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

NHS Health Scotland

NHS Highland

NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lothian

NHS Orkney

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

NHS Shetland

NHS Tayside

NHS Western Isles

Scottish Ambulance Service

The Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service (a.k.a the NHS National Shared Services)

The State Hospital for Scotland

Aberdeen College

Adam Smith College

Angus College

Anniesland College

Ayr College

Banff and Buchan College

Barony College

Borders College

Cardonald College

Carnegie College

Central College of Commerce

Clydebank College

Coatbridge College

Cumbernauld College

Dumfries and Galloway College

Dundee College

Edinburghs Telford College

Elmwood College

Forth Valley College

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies

Glasgow Metropolitan College

Inverness College

James Watt College

Jewel and Esk College

John Wheatley College

Kilmarnock College

Langside College

Lews Castle College

Moray College

Motherwell College

Newbattle Abbey College

North Glasgow College

North Highland College

Oatridge College

Orkney College

Perth College

Reid Kerr College

Sabhal Mor Ostaig

Shetland College

South Lanarkshire College

Stevenson College

Stow College

West Lothian College

Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh Napier University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow School of Art

Heriot-Watt University

Queen Margaret University

Robert Gordon University

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

University of Aberdeen

University of Abertay Dundee

University of Dundee

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of St Andrews

University of Stirling

University of Strathclyde

University of the West of Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

General Register Office for Scotland

Office of Scottish Charity Regulator

Registers of Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland

Audit Scotland

Any other Public Sector Body or associated organisation

Scottish Water

Education Scotland

Scottish Police Services Authority.

University of the Highlands and Islands


Section II: Object of the contract

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

Scottish Wide Area Network.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 7: Computer and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Scotland & connection of associated organisations outside Scotland.

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

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with a single operator
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 6
Justification for a framework agreement, the duration of which exceeds four years: By providing a framework that allows for call offs to be made over a 6 year period that will allow Scottish Public Sector Organisations to use the framework at the end of any current Wide Area Network contract they may have. This will allow as many Public Sector organisations as possible to aggregate their demand for Wide Area Network services thereby helping to achieve the economic and strategic benefits the project is designed to deliver.
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 100 000 000 and 325 000 000 GBP

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

A single operator framework agreement for a Scottish Wide Area Network is being let on behalf of all Contracting Authorities in Scotland including but not limited to the Authorities listed in I.2 and successors to those bodies in functions and objectives. It is envisaged that the Framework Agreement itself may be entered into by NSS or a separately created entity on behalf of the participating Authorities. It is expected that all participating Authorities choosing to use the framework will make their own call offs based on a catalogue of services while contributing to pay for common shared core services.
ICT in the public sector is vital for the delivery of efficient, cost effective services which are responsive to the needs of citizens and businesses, and for meeting the business needs of the organisations who are themselves responsible for service delivery.
Working in partnership the Scottish Government and key stakeholder organisations responsible for the delivery of public services have initiated the Scottish Wide Area network (SWAN) Programme. The aim of the SWAN initiative is to deliver, a single, holistic telecommunications service available for the use of any, and potentially all, public service organisations within Scotland. SWAN will enable infrastructure and service sharing and will over time replace the existing model where individual organisations procure, implement and maintain their own network infrastructure.
The SWAN initiative is strategically aligned with the McClelland Review of Scottish Public Sector ICT Infrastructure, taking forward its recommendations on public sector collaborative procurement, aggregation of network demand and use of common standards, and is the first major initiative to be launched by Scottish Ministers in support of the Scotland’s Digital Future; Delivery of Public Services. The Local Government ICT Strategy – Delivering Better Services for Communities identifies the adoption of a Scottish Wide-Area Network as the number one action to be taken by the Scottish Local Government community.
The McClelland Review of Scottish Public Sector ICT Infrastructure, published in June 2011 recommended that:
— The few large and many other multiple small contracts should be aggregated to build a single Scottish Public Sector Network that adopts the standards and protocols of the UK PSN,
— The combined spend should be leveraged to gain cost and performance advantages for the public sector,
— This network should be used by every public sector body and university and college in Scotland.
The Scottish Government’s Response to the McClelland Review of ICT Infrastructure in the Public Sector in Scotland committed to achieve better value through collaboration and sharing of ICT infrastructure and digital connectivity.
Scotland’s Digital Future: A Strategy for Scotland, published in March 2011, set out ambitions for digital connectivity, a digital economy, digital participation and digital public services, which are interdependent strands of an overall vision. The digital public services strand was further developed in Scotland’s Digital Future: Delivery of Public Services, published in September 2012. That strategy set out a vision for a Scotland in which digital technology provides a foundation for integrated public services that cross organisational boundaries and deliver to those most in need, and for services for business that promote growth. One deliverable of the strategy is a public sector network which supports resilient high-volume and high-speed communication.
The SWAN Programme is designed to deliver that single public services network in Scotland open to all public service organisations and with combined demand delivering both cost and performance advantages. Using an approach of common standards and interoperability SWAN will facilitate collaboration, locally, nationally and internationally. The infrastructure will be designed and built, in order that SWAN can support both PSN compliant services and non PSN compliant services.
As part of the digital public services strategy SWAN supports a way in which the public services delivery sector can collaborate across organisational boundaries to ensure that the services delivered – whether at national or local level – can be truly joined up to meet the needs of the users of public services, the citizens and businesses of Scotland.
The strategy’s ambition is to ensure that Scottish public service organisations get best value for money in its investments in ICT. Collaboration is now the default choice in the design and delivery of services and in the procurement and deployment of ICT infrastructure to support this. There is also a presumption against each organisation separately pursuing investment in and ownership of ICT assets or seeking its own capability for individual development. As such, the SWAN Programme is the first major initiative to be launched by Scottish Ministers in support of the Scotland’s Digital Future; Delivery of Public Services strategy and will provide the first piece of the underlying infrastructure needed to deliver on the strategies overall goals and aspirations.
NSS and a number of other Authorities have come together to form a vanguard of Authorities who are committed to enter into call-off contracts immediately following the concluding of the Framework Agreement. To maximise the potential take up of services under the Framework Agreement participating Authorities will have a period of six years to enter into call-off contracts with the appointed provider.
The maximum length of call offs made under the framework will be decided during the Competitive Dialogue process.
The McClelland Review is available at

Scotland’s Digital Future; Delivery of Public Services is available at

The Local Government ICT Strategy is available at…/3728-local-government-ict-strategy-delivering-better-services-for-communities-draft-for-consultation/.

The Scottish Government Response to the McClelland Review of ICT Infrastructure in the Public Sector in Scotland is available at

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72000000, 72315000, 72315100, 72315200, 72511000, 72212200, 72212210, 72212214, 72212215, 72212216, 72212219, 64200000, 64227000, 71316000, 72212515, 51314000

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

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

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 100 000 000 and 325 000 000 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

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

See contract/tender documents. Guarantees may be required from parent companies and from banks. Also, insurance for professional indemnity, employer and 3rd party liability.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

See contract/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.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: The personal situation of the candidates will be evaluated. These criteria will be specified in full in a PQQ to be issued to those parties that request it.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The Economic and Financial capacity of the candidates will be evaluated. These criteria will be specified in full in a PQQ to be issued to those parties that request it.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
The Technical Capacity of the candidates will be evaluated. These criteria will be specified in full in a PQQ to be issued to those parties that request it.
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

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

Envisaged minimum number 3: and maximum number 7
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Will be contained in the PQQ and Invitation To Participate in Dialogue.
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:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

20.11.2012 – 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 tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

The framework agreement will be available for use by the Scottish Ministers (including Agencies), Scottish Non-Departmental Public Bodies, offices in the Scottish Administration which are not ministerial offices, cross- border public authorities within the meaning of section 88(5) of the Scotland Act 1998, the Scotland Office, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, councils constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, Scottish fire authorities, Scottish fire & rescue authorities, Scottish joint fire and rescue boards, Scottish police authorities, Scottish joint police boards, Scottish National Park authorities, bodies registered as social landlords under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, Scottish health boards or special health boards, Northern Lighthouse Board, the Student Loan Company Ltd, further or higher education institutions being fundable bodies within the meaning of section 6 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005, any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament, any association of or formed by one or more of the foregoing, bodies financed wholly or mainly by one or more of the foregoing, bodies subject to management supervision by one or more of the foregoing and bodies more than half of the board of directors or members of which, or, in the case of a group of individuals, more than half of those individuals, being appointed by one or more of the foregoing.
Information about Agencies of the Scottish Ministers and offices in the Scottish Administration which are not ministerial offices is available at.

Scottish Non-Departmental Public Bodies are listed at.

The framework will be subject to Scots Law. The Scottish Ministers (NSS in this case) reserves the right not to award a contract for any or all of the requirements described. In addition to the contracting authorities listed at II.1.5 above, the framework agreement will be available to charities entered on the Scottish Charity Register and voluntary organisations entered on the Membership Database of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.
(SC Ref:238032).

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: An economic operator that suffers, or risks suffering, loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/88) may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:19.10.2012