The Isle of Wight Council wishes to appoint a contractor for the SUPPLY AND BUILD OF TWO MOBILE LIBRARY VEHICLES to replace the two current vehicles.
Isle of Wight Council currently has a network of 13 libraries, 11 static service points and 2 mobile libraries. The 11 static service points comprise of 6 council run libraries and 5 community run libraries. The 2 mobile libraries are currently set up as a Home Library Service providing a delivery service to housebound customers, and a Mobile Library Service calling in towns and villages with no static library provision.
The background to this tender for two vehicles (for information only) is that Isle of Wight Council proposes contracting out the provision of home library services to a voluntary sector partner, with materials delivered through private vehicles. This would free up both Mobile Library vehicles to serve the Island’s disparate communities. Longer stops, routes and time schedules targeted at specific user groups, customer access to the internet and the Council’s online services, and a generally more frequent service to customers are proposed, with the vehicles alternating in West and East Island fortnightly rotas.
The lease end dates of both existing vehicles mean that the two new vehicles must be supplied by the end of March 2013.
The brief is to supply two light-weight vehicles, with accessible entrances. Gross vehicle weight must not exceed 7.5 tonnes, with the chosen chassis capable of adapting into a Mobile Library design. In all cases, quality materials and finish will be applied to the build, and all fittings will be in standard production and easily replaceable. The vehicles should be manoeuvrable and able to access minor roads and confined spaces.
Tendering companies will agree to facilitate site visits by IW Council officers to inspect the progress of the build, and discuss colour schemes, designs and so on.
Further details can be found within the Tender Pack.