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01 Prior Information Notice (PIN)

SBCD Connected Places Hub Sites Project

  • First published: 05 August 2022
  • Last modified: 05 August 2022

Contents

Summary

OCID:
ocds-kuma6s-123547
Published by:
Carmarthenshire County Council
Authority ID:
AA0281
Publication date:
05 August 2022
Deadline date:
-
Notice type:
01 Prior Information Notice (PIN)
Has documents:
Yes
Has SPD:
No
Has Carbon Reduction Plan:
No

Abstract

Swansea Bay City Deal is a partnership led by the four regional local authorities of South West Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council, Swansea Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Pembrokeshire County Council, together with the Swansea Bay and Hywel Dda University Health Boards, Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, supported by other public sector bodies in the region. The partnership’s 55m GBP Digital Infrastructure Programme is hosted by Carmarthenshire County Council. It aims to ensure that the region’s business, domestic and public sector premises have competitive access to full fibre connectivity. It aims to supplement its own funding with funding from other sources including Welsh Government, UK Government (DCMS), and inward investment from the private sector in the regions digital infrastructure. The partnership and other public sector bodies in the region recognise that the provision of high quality, reliable high-speed connectivity is a necessity for efficient public sector delivery. They seek to future proof their network connectivity requirements over a period of 20-30 years or more through the installation of gigabit capable fibre infrastructure services. The Digital Infrastructure Programme plans to run one or more procurements or procurement lots to identify the best value provision of those fibre infrastructure services. This PIN concerns the pre market engagement for that procurement activity. CPV: 72000000, 72720000, 32400000, 32410000, 32420000, 32430000, 32500000, 32510000, 32520000, 32560000, 32570000, 32580000, 51300000, 50330000, 45000000.

Full notice text

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1) Name and addresses

Carmarthenshire County Council (Swansea Bay City Deal)

County Hall

Carmarthen

sa313py

UK

Contact person: Rebecca Llewhellin

Telephone: +44 1267234567

E-mail: rsllewhellin@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

NUTS: UKL14

Internet address(es)

Main address: https://www.swanseabaycitydeal.wales/projects/digital-infrastructure/

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA0281

I.2) Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address


I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5) Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

SBCD Connected Places Hub Sites Project

II.1.2) Main CPV code

72000000

 

II.1.3) Type of contract

Services

II.1.4) Short description

Swansea Bay City Deal is a partnership led by the four regional local authorities of South West Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council, Swansea Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Pembrokeshire County Council, together with the Swansea Bay and Hywel Dda University Health Boards, Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, supported by other public sector bodies in the region.

The partnership’s 55m GBP Digital Infrastructure Programme is hosted by Carmarthenshire County Council. It aims to ensure that the region’s business, domestic and public sector premises have competitive access to full fibre connectivity.

It aims to supplement its own funding with funding from other sources including Welsh Government, UK Government (DCMS), and inward investment from the private sector in the regions digital infrastructure.

The partnership and other public sector bodies in the region recognise that the provision of high quality, reliable high-speed connectivity is a necessity for efficient public sector delivery. They seek to future proof their network connectivity requirements over a period of 20-30 years or more through the installation of gigabit capable fibre infrastructure services.

The Digital Infrastructure Programme plans to run one or more procurements or procurement lots to identify the best value provision of those fibre infrastructure services.

This PIN concerns the pre market engagement for that procurement activity.

II.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 16 000 000.00  GBP

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

72720000

32400000

32410000

32420000

32430000

32500000

32510000

32520000

32560000

32570000

32580000

51300000

50330000

45000000

II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:

UKL14


Main site or place of performance:

Please see additional information at bottom of page for a list of participating organisations

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

This PIN concerns the pre market engagement for procurements for the Swansea Bay City Deal (SBCD) Digital Infrastructure Programme.

The Digital Infrastructure Programme is hosted by Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Programme envisages that each customer will have a separate contract with the supplier, on materially the same terms. The Digital Infrastructure programme will ensure that the customer implementations are closely co-ordinated to be as similar as possible.

The 55m GBP Digital Infrastructure Programme plans to supplement its own funding with potential further funding from other sources, including other partner budgets, and government bodies including Welsh Government and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The SBCD partnership and other public sector bodies in the region recognise that the provision of high quality, reliable high-speed connectivity is a necessity for efficient public sector delivery. They seek to future proof their network connectivity requirements over a period of 20-30 years or more through the installation of gigabit capable fibre infrastructure services.

The Programme intends to procure the long-term use of flexible and future proofed gigabit capable fibre infrastructure services for as much of the public sector estate as possible within budget constraints. The method of providing this long-term use is not defined. For example, bidders will be free to propose an Indefeasible Right of Use, or to propose an alternative approach that provides long-term availability in a different way.

The Programme aims to procure maintained fibre infrastructure access circuits to connect around 3000 public sector locations across South West Wales. The infrastructure will be required to support dark fibre connectivity, dedicated bandwidth connectivity or shared and contended services, according to the site requirements.

The Programme intends to procure infrastructure services that will support a wide range of overlay network services, including through the existing Public Sector Broadband Aggregation programme (PSBA) and other network services arrangements. Although the procurement will focus primarily on infrastructure services, it may also procure options for internet broadband connectivity to ensure best value use of the infrastructure.

The infrastructure services will be procured over the long term, 20 to 30 years or more. It is anticipated that through the potentially large number of connected sites, economies of scale may be realised through aggregation, leading to innovative and cost-effective solutions from the market.

The Programme requires the Supplier to design, build and operate the infrastructure services over the duration of the contract.

The Supplier may provide all elements of the solution itself or may combine commodity services and products from telecoms providers, services from subcontractors, and its own tools, services and expertise, to provide the Solution.

The Supplier will provide a service management function to proactively manage the availability of the solution to agreed service levels, and to provide prompt remedial action in the event of failure. All aspects of the service will be compliant with the relevant security, information management and regulatory requirements.

The procurement aims to allow suppliers to submit consortium bids, for example partnering with suppliers with different geographical footprints.

The procurement may take the form of a single procurement with multiple lots, or of multiple similar procurements. It is currently envisaged that the lots or procurements will be by broadly defined by geographical boundary.

II.2.14) Additional information

Carmarthenshire County Council

Swansea Council

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Pembrokeshire County Council

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Swansea University

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Dyfed Powys Police

II.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

19/09/2022

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information

A market information day will be held on Tuesday 23rd August 2022 by webinar. All potential suppliers are invited to attend, this will be an opportunity to discuss the Programme’s current plans and to ask any questions.

The market information day will also provide an opportunity for 1:1 sessions with the Programme, so that commercially sensitive topics may be addressed privately. These private sessions will be conducted to the same agenda, with each organisation given equal access time to the Programme team.

Organisations wishing to attend the market information day, and/or to participate in a 1:1 session are asked to register by emailing Rebecca Llewhellin at rsllewhellin@carmarthenshire.gov.uk as early as possible. A recording of the event will be made available, including for organisations that are unable to attend the webinar.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Sell2Wales Web Site at http://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=123547.

(WA Ref:123547)

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice

05/08/2022

Coding

Commodity categories

ID Title Parent category
32570000 Communications equipment Telecommunications equipment and supplies
45000000 Construction work Construction and Real Estate
32580000 Data equipment Telecommunications equipment and supplies
32560000 Fibre-optic materials Telecommunications equipment and supplies
51300000 Installation services of communications equipment Installation services (except software)
72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support Computer and Related Services
32410000 Local area network Networks
50330000 Maintenance services of telecommunications equipment Repair, maintenance and associated services related to personal computers, office equipment, telecommunications and audio-visual equipment
32420000 Network equipment Networks
32400000 Networks Radio, television, communication, telecommunication and related equipment
32520000 Telecommunications cable and equipment Telecommunications equipment and supplies
32500000 Telecommunications equipment and supplies Radio, television, communication, telecommunication and related equipment
32430000 Wide area network Networks
72720000 Wide area network services Computer network services
32510000 Wireless telecommunications system Telecommunications equipment and supplies

Delivery locations

ID Description
1017 Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot
1014 South West Wales (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion)
1018 Swansea

Alert region restrictions

The buyer has restricted the alert for this notice to suppliers based in the following regions.

ID Description
There are no alert restrictions for this notice.

About the buyer

Main contact:
rsllewhellin@carmarthenshire.gov.uk
Admin contact:
N/a
Technical contact:
N/a
Other contact:
N/a

Further information

Date Details
21/09/2022 16:48
ADDED FILE: Site list
Site list
12/10/2022 14:15
Updated timescales
Thank you for your interest in our forthcoming Connected Places Hub Site Procurement. Following on from a period of market engagement and wider stakeholder consultation we are making a number of updates to the draft ITT for this exercise to incorporate the feedback we have received. Unfortunately, this has meant that our initial indicative timescales are no longer accurate. We hope to reissue a revised timescale for the exercise within the next two weeks. We will ensure this includes appropriate timescales for preparation of resources before the tender launch and we remain committed to a minimum eight-week response period from the date of tender launch. We anticipate that the changes we have made during this time will further strengthen the ITT and subsequently improve the process for bidders. We are grateful for your ongoing support, interest and patience.
29/11/2022 13:48
REPLACED FILE: SBCD Draft Site List v0 1
Site list
29/11/2022 13:49
Site list spreadsheet
The site list spreadsheet has been removed and should be disregarded as the list is likely to change.

Kind regards.

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