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Multi-Sensory Environments

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (see
Barnsdale Way, Grove Park, Enderby
Contact point(s):
LE19 1ES Leicester
Telephone: +44 1162657926
Fax: +44 1162944399

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
Other: Local Authority Services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

organisations stated in Section II.3
further informaton contact ESPO, Barnsdale Way, Grove Park, Enderby
LE19 1ES Leicester

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

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Multi-Sensory Environments
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

NUTS code UK

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
ESPO wishes to undertake exploratory market engagement in respect of a possible new national framework agreement for the provision of multi-sensory environments. The aim of the new framework will be to offer schools, local authorities, hospitals and other bodies a convenient and effective means of procuring such facilities.
The framework will include assisting customers with the specification and design of facilities, as well as supplying and installing the equipment, and providing staff training. Customers will be able to buy a complete ‘turnkey' solution if they wish, or may select individual components (e.g. design, or product supply, or specialist advice) as appropriate. The framework will be wide in its scope, in order to include all sizes and types of facility, and to meet the needs of all client groups, including children and adults with special needs.
Suppliers are invited to contact ESPO to express an interest in participating in the exploratory market engagement. This is likely to take the form of completing a short questionnaire intended to help ESPO shape the proposed framework, and prepare formal tender documentation. Depending on the size and nature of the response to this notice, there may be an opportunity for suppliers to meet with ESPO (collectively or individually), to share information and insights.
In order to express an interest in participating in the exploratory market engagement, please email your request to: quoting ESPO reference number 551/14.
Please note that it is expected that complete short questionnaires should be received by ESPO no later than 21 February 2014. Participation in the market engagement is on a free of charge basis and does not represent any commitment or obligation on any party.
ESPO is one of the largest professional buying organisations in the UK. It operates on a not for profit basis, and serves the whole of the UK public sector through its comprehensive catalogue and large range of framework agreements. For a full list of the organisations eligible to use ESPO, please see
Whilst initially for use by local authorities served by ESPO (see for further details), being a Central Purchasing Body as defined by the EU Combined Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC, the Framework Agreement may also be open for use by the following classifications of user throughout all administrative regions of the UK: Local Authority Councils; Educational Establishments (including Academies); Central Government Departments and their Agencies; Police, Fire & Rescue and Coastguard Emergency Services; NHS and HSC Bodies, including Ambulance Services; Registered Charities; Registered Social Landlords; Full details of the classification of end user establishments and geographical areas is available on:
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80340000, 85000000, 39162100

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:

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
VI.2)Additional information:
The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.
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GO Reference: GO-201425-PRO-5440093
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: