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Furniture for Challenging Environments and related Multi-Sensory Equipment.

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

NHS Supply Chain acting as agent for NHS Business Services Authority
NHS Supply Chain, Foxbridge Way
For the attention of: Madeline Tillie
WF6 1TL Normanton
Telephone: +44 7736280823
Fax: +44 1924328744

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: NHS Supply Chain acting as agent for NHS Business Services Authority
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
National or federal agency/office
I.3)Main activity
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

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

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Furniture for Challenging Environments and related Multi-Sensory Equipment.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Various locations in UK.

NUTS code UK

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
NHS Supply Chain intends to launch a National Framework Agreement for the provision of Mental Health Furniture and Multi-Sensory Equipment including but not limited to the following:
- single seater settees,
- 2 seater settees,
- 3 seater settees,
- arm chairs,
- tub chairs,
- high backed chairs,
- dining room chairs,
- dining room tables,
- occasional tables,
- wardrobes,
- chests of drawers,
- bedside cabinets,
- box base beds,
- multi-sensory equipment.
We reserve the right to supply any of the above listed products on a non-direct basis should this be considered appropriate.
Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of GBP 5 000 000 to GBP 15 000 000 in the 1st year of this Framework Agreement however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the Framework Agreement. An estimated annual value of GBP 5 000 000 to GBP 15 000 000 over a (2+2 year term) = GBP 20 000 000 to GBP 60 000 000.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 20 000 000 and 65 000 000 GBP
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

39100000, 39112000, 39112100, 39113000, 39113100, 39113200, 39113600, 39113700, 39114100, 39120000, 39121200, 39122000, 39143000, 39143100, 39143113, 39143123, 33190000, 33196100, 33196200

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 purpose of this notice is to draw attention to a procurement that NHS Supply Chain intends to commence during the subsequent 12 months. The invitation to tender will be the subject of a separate notice and it is that notice to which potential suppliers will need to respond at the appropriate time.
The Framework Agreement between NHS Supply Chain and successful suppliers will reserve the right to purchase the same or similar supplies and/or services from suppliers not appointed to the Framework Agreement at its sole discretion.
Whilst it is anticipated that initial expenditure under any forthcoming procurement will be between GBP 20 000 000 to GBP 60 000 000 for this contract award this is approximate only and the values will be to such level as those purchasing under the Framework Agreement consider necessary to provide suitable requirements.
NHS Supply Chain expects to provide successful suppliers with the opportunity to offer additional savings to customers through the provision of discounted pricing value added offerings and commitment/bulk buy initiatives.
The Framework Agreement will be between NHS Supply Chain and the Supplier however
1) NHS Supply Chain;
2) any NHS Trust;
3) any other NHS entity;
4) any government department agency or other statutory body and/or
5) any private sector entity active in the UK healthcare sector will be able to enter into a direct contract with the Supplier for any of the supplies and/or services under the Framework.
The Supplier will be required to report to and pay a direct contract management fee to NHS Supply Chain as detailed in the tender documents.
Below is a list of the products we intend to cover on the National Framework Agreement - Please note that this is not a final version as additional specifications may be included
1 Seat Settee,
2 Seat Settee,
3 Seat Settee,
Arm Chair,
Tub Chair,
Dining Room Chair,
Dining Room Table,
Chest of Drawers,
Bedside Cabinet,
Occasional Table,
High-Backed Chair,
Box Base Bed,
Multi-Sensory Equipment.
We reserve the right to supply any of the above listed products on a non-direct basis should this be considered appropriate.
NHS Supply Chain is currently considering the use of lots for this procurement. However it reserves the right not to as part of any future tender process. Further information in respect of the lot strategy will be set out in the notice for the forthcoming procurement.

As part of its pre-tender strategy NHS Supply Chain anticipates engaging with suppliers of these products. If you would like to contract with NHS Supply Chain in respect of the products which are the subject of this procurement then please contact Madeline Tillie by registering your expression of interest and using the Intenda Messaging Centre via


1. Use URL to access the NHS Supply Chain Procurement portal.

2. If not yet registered:
- Click on the ‘Not Registered Yet' link to access the registration page.
- Complete the registration pages as guided by the mini guide found on the landing page.
Portal access
If registration has been completed:

- Login with URL

- Click on the ‘Applicant Dashboard' icon to open the list of new procurement events.
Expression of interest
- View PIN content by clicking on the ‘VIEW NOTICE' button for the procurement event. This opens a PDF document.
- Express an interest by clicking on the ‘EXPRESS INTEREST' button.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: