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Fastershire Broadband Strategy 2014-18 Stage 4 Lot 1 Cotswolds.

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The County of Herefordshire District Council
Plough Lane, PO Box 4
For the attention of: Carrie Deeley
HR1 0LE Hereford
Telephone: +44 1432260000

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

Further information can be obtained from: The County of Herefordshire District Council
Plough Lane, PO Box 4
HR1 0LE Hereford
Telephone: +44 1432260000
Internet address:

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The County of Herefordshire District Council
Plough Lane, PO Box 4
HR1 0LE Hereford
Telephone: +44 1432260000
Internet address:

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The County of Herefordshire District Council
Plough Lane, PO Box 4
HR1 0LE Hereford
Telephone: +44 1432260000
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

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

Gloucester County Council

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Fastershire Broadband Strategy 2014-18 Stage 4 Lot 1 Cotswolds.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Within the County of Gloucestershire and primarily within the Cotswolds.

NUTS code UKK13

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
This contract forms an integral part of the Fastershire Broadband Strategy 2014-18 in which the strategic partnership between Herefordshire Council and Gloucestershire County Council are seeking to extend the reach of Next Generation Access Broadband (‘NGA’) to rural parts of both counties which have yet to benefit from such services.
Since 2012, Fastershire has been working with BT using BDUK and Local Authority Funds to deploy fibre based services throughout its eligible area. This deployment is now complete in the area covered by this tender and 6 495 premises have been identified that will not have benefited from a fibre service as a result of this phase of the funding.

This tender relates to stage 4 of the strategy which can be obtained from the Fastershire website Its aim is to procure an NGA solution for as many of the premises which are as yet unreached in the Cotswolds as possible.

Specifically, the contract will seek to build a broadband network that will provide;
- a wholesale broadband service open to all Communication Providers on a non-discriminatory basis; with
- the capability to access NGA broadband by the greatest number of the circa. 6 000 eligible premises as possible.
The contractor will be expected to provide substantial investment into the broadband network and to own and manage the risks associated with developing and operating the broadband network on a wholesale basis including, but not limited to, take-up risks.
The maximum available public subsidy is 3 000 000 GBP which will be funded equally by Gloucestershire County Council and BDUK.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64200000, 32412000, 32412100, 32412110, 32420000, 32425000, 32500000, 32510000, 32562200, 32571000, 45000000, 45232300, 45232332, 50330000, 50334400, 51300000, 64227000, 72400000, 32570000, 72315000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
An indicative public subsidy of a maximum of 3 000 000 GBP has been allocated to this contract and it is anticipated that this subsidy will provide the gap funding required by the selected supplier to deliver NGA coverage to a significant number of the eligible premises in the Cotswolds. This subsidy has been allocated by BDUK and Gloucestershire County Council.
The actual amount of subsidy will be dependent on the chosen solution. Through this competitive tender process under the public procurement rules, Herefordshire Council and Gloucestershire County Council will work towards ensuring the minimum level of subsidy required to meet the stated objectives of the contract.
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
The contracting authority reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees, bonds or other forms of appropriate security for the purpose of guaranteeing performance and liability under the contract. Further details will be provided with the Invitation to Tender document.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
The Council reserves the right to accept consortium bids as well as lead contractor/sub-contractor models but may require groupings of providers to take a particular legal form or to require a single provider to take primary liability or to require that each party undertakes joint and several liability irrespective of the form of the vehicle to be established.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
2.4.2015 - 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 2.4.2015 - 12:00



Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information
1. Any contract(s) entered into as a result of this notice shall be considered as a contract(s) made under English law and subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
2. Herefordshire Council reserves the right not to enter into any agreement or award any contract as a result of this notice and to vary or change or not to proceed with this competition at any stage of the procurement process.
3. Herefordshire Council shall not be responsible for any costs incurred by any economic operator responding to this notice.
4. If any economic operator considers that any information supplied by it is commercially sensitive or confidential in nature, this should be highlighted and the reasons for its sensitivity as well as the duration of that sensitivity specified. Economic operators should be aware that even if they have indicated that information is commercially sensitive, Herefordshire Council may disclose it pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in response to a request where such disclosure is considered to be in the public interest. Please note that receipt of materials marked ‘confidential’ or equivalent shall not be taken to mean that Herefordshire Council accepts any duty of confidentiality by virtue of that marking.

This contract is subject to state aid approval by BDUK. For further details of state aid with regard to this contract, visit

Tender documents will be available on Herefordshire Councils e-Tendering portal on Monday 9.2.2015.

(MT Ref: 148309).
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Herefordshire Council
Plough Lane
HR4 0LE Hereford

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: