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In the news this week

This week’s headlines, offering you leads for upcoming tendering opportunities and updates about the public sector marketplace. 

Procurement Bill strengthened to protect national security

The government has proposed two changes to the Procurement Bill – which will soon go into its Report Stage in Parliament.
The changes are:

  • A new Cabinet Office unit to check suppliers for national security risks.
  • New powers to ban risky suppliers from certain sectors, such as defence.

The Procurement Bill aims to make accessing the market easier, and we will provide you with more details about the associated changes when they are announced.

UK Government Unveils Plan To Remove Chinese Surveillance Equipment

An example of how the proposed changes to the Procurement bill will help reduce competition for UK tenders.

UK to host first global summit on Artificial Intelligence

The UK will host the world’s first summit on AI safety this Autumn. The summit will bring together key countries, leading tech companies and researchers to set safety standards and assess the major risks of AI.
This will likely have an impact on the requirements within future public sector tech procurements.

Wildfires: UK to set up new Mediterranean-style specialist units

The rising risk of wildfires could see a requirement for new firefighting equipment. 
Firefighting Equipment is just one of many keywords we have to help you stay aware of relevant tendering opportunities.

Metro mayor says it is ‘right’ to study Bristol underground

A study to explore the feasibility of a mass transport network for Bristol could cost millions, but the West of England metro mayor thinks it is worth it. Dan Norris said he wanted to consider all possibilities, even though he acknowledged that the project, which could cost anywhere from £4bn to £18bn, was “unlikely” to happen. An underground network is one of the options being examined.

Swansea Council’s first ever solar farm gets the green light

The former Tir John landfill site in Port Tennant will soon become Swansea Council’s first solar farm. The council has given the green light to install 5,500 panels on the 11-hectare site. The solar farm will produce electricity for a wastewater treatment plant a mile away.

Wrexham: £1M given to council to improve EV charging facilities

This funding is part of a wider £15m package to help increase access to EV charging across Wales.

Landmark Glasgow buildings set for solar panels

The council plans to install solar panels on fifteen of its buildings, including the Kelvin Hall, Emirates Arena and Royal Concert Hall. The scheme, which will cost £2 million, could reduce the energy bills of these facilities by £750,000 a year.

Plans for new primary school approved (Nottinghamshire)

Land off Gatekeeper Way in Worksop will be the site of a new primary school, after planners gave the green light. The school will be built in two stages as part of a housing development in the north of the town. It will have room for 315 primary and 26 nursery pupils, and is planned to open in September 2024.

Approval lined up for Telford’s Station Quarter project

The Station Quarter project in Telford, which aims to create new homes, businesses and jobs, is likely to get the go-ahead. The council wants to transform the land between the train station and the shopping centre in the town’s original office district. The first phase of the project includes 189 homes, a hotel and a digital skills and enterprise hub with a café.

Extraordinary & interesting notices

Here we share the tender and prior information notices that caught our attention this week.

£400k Delivery of Spectra Festival of Light 2024

Authority: Aberdeen City Council
Published: 7 June 2023
Deadline: 10 July 2023 
Description: Aberdeen City Council are seeking responses from experienced festival/event production companies to curate and produce the main programme for Spectra, Scotland’s Festival of Light, to be held in February 2024.

£480m Reprocurement of BBC Facilities Management Services 

Authority: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Published: 7 June 2023
Deadline: 12 July 2023 
Description: The Facilities Management Contract provides key services to all properties at 93 locations across the UK with a diverse range of properties and facilities, that includes broadcast studios, offices, production, and technical facilities. 

£600m North Wales Construction Framework Prior Information Notice

Authority: Denbighshire County Council
Published: 7 June 2023
Estimated go-live: 19 July 2023 
Description: Following the success of the North Wales Construction Framework 2 (NWCF2) and the benefits in procurement time, cost and value added provided by it, the six North Wales Authorities wish to continue to have a collaborative Framework to procure regional construction projects. It is proposed to renew the current Framework and extend its scope to cater for every construction project over 250K GBP threshold and to incorporate the lessons learned from the current iteration.

£1.2bn Supply of Materials and Associated Services Prior Information Notice

Authority: Procurement Assist Limited c/o Integrated Facilities Management Bolton Ltd (iFM Bolton)
Published: 5 June 2023
Estimated go-live: 19 June 2023 
Description: The Framework Agreement shall operate as a supplies agreement, across the United Kingdom, including Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. The scope of the Framework Agreement will be to supply materials to the public sector, through various delivery service models and provide associated services to maintain a sustainable supply chain, using technology to help with account management (such as account card solutions) and provide sector specific operational solutions, to help maintain the up-keep of property (commercial, industrial and domestic (but not limited to)).

Museum of Two Halves – Full Business Case Author & Advisor on the Museum Business Plan

Authority: Procurement Assist Limited c/o Integrated Facilities Management Bolton Ltd (iFM Bolton)
Published: 2 June 2023
Deadline: 7 July 2023 
Description: Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) wish to appoint a suitably qualified consultant to produce a Full Business Case for the Museum of Two Halves project that meets the requirements of HM Treasury Green Book for presentation to Wrexham County Borough Council and the Welsh Government. The consultant will also be required to review, challenge and support the development of the Business Plan (being developed internally) for the new joint Football Museum for Wales and Wrexham Museum.

This week's tender stats

New tendering opportunities published between  2 – 8 June 2023. Live opportunities as of 9 June 2023.

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