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
Section I: Contracting authority
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
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.show.scot.nhs.uk/
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA12442
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)
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes
Accountant in Bankruptcy
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
National Archives of Scotland
Scottish Courts Service
Scottish Prison Service
Scottish Public Pensions Agency
Social Work Inspection Agency
Student Awards Agency for 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 Environment Protection Agency
Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council
Scottish Law Commission
Scottish Legal Aid Board
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Scottish Social Services Council
Skills Development Scotland
Aberdeen City Council
Argyll and Bute Council
City of Edinburgh Council
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Dundee City Council
East Ayrshire Council
East Dunbartonshire Council
East Lothian Council
East Renfrewshire Council
Glasgow City Council
Moray Council, The
North Ayrshire Council
North Lanarkshire Council
Orkney Islands Council
Perth and Kinross Council
Scottish Borders Council
Shetland Islands Council
South Ayrshire Council
South Lanarkshire 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
Lothian and Borders Police
Tayside Joint Police Board
Golden Jubilee Hospital (National Waiting Times Centre Board)
NHS Ayrshire and Arran
NHS Dumfries and Galloway
NHS Education for Scotland
NHS Forth Valley
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
NHS Health Scotland
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
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
Adam Smith College
Banff and Buchan College
Central College of Commerce
Dumfries and Galloway College
Edinburghs Telford College
Forth Valley College
Glasgow College of Nautical Studies
Glasgow Metropolitan College
James Watt College
Jewel and Esk College
John Wheatley College
Lews Castle College
Newbattle Abbey College
North Glasgow College
North Highland College
Reid Kerr College
Sabhal Mor Ostaig
South Lanarkshire College
West Lothian College
Edinburgh College of Art
Edinburgh Napier University
Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow School of Art
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
Any other Public Sector Body or associated organisation
Scottish Police Services Authority.
University of the Highlands and Islands
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: Scotland & connection of associated organisations outside Scotland.
NUTS code UKM
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
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 http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/06/15104329/0.
Scotland’s Digital Future; Delivery of Public Services is available at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/09/6272.
The Local Government ICT Strategy is available at http://www.improvementservice.org.uk/…/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 http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/09/21103403.
Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=238032.
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Range: between 100 000 000 and 325 000 000 GBP
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
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.
Section IV: Procedure
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Will be contained in the PQQ and Invitation To Participate in Dialogue.
Section VI: Complementary information
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.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:19.10.2012