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Noel Vassallo

I joined Tenders Direct in February 2020, bringing with me over 9 years’ experience in writing and creating content for a variety of appeals and campaigns. Applying my skills to public sector procurement, I ensures our resources are easily accessible, concise and most of all, useful. By analysing our unique insights and monitoring our sources for the latest market news, I also provide readers with up-to-date and relevant information.

In my free time I like to keep busy by finding new hobbies to challenge myself with. Currently I am making sure that my old easel and mountain bike don’t feel neglected, as well as attempting the odd bit of woodwork.

Public Sector Round-Up 23.10.20

In the news this week: £42 million to tackle congestion on the A630, and a £320 million Commonwealth Games transport plan to be developed.
Our top OJEU notices feature two awards in Northern Ireland, both received only 1 tender each, and awarded the work to SMEs. The other award of the week is a contract in Newport for significant sprinkler system installations.
The number of notices published this week was in line with the weekly average seen in 2019, showing that the public sector continues to be a great source of new business opportunities.


UK tender publishing update

962

663

299

Total UK NoticesLow-Value NoticesOJEU Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 16.10.20 & 22.10.20

The weekly average number of notices published in 2019 was 966. When you look at this week’s numbers and consider the current environment, it’s clear the public sector continues to be a reliable source of new business opportunities.
As of 23.10.20, there are over 4199 live notices across all industries on Tender Direct.
If you would like more information about the types of opportunities available for your business, we would be happy to provide you with a free Market Overview.


In the news this week

2022 Commonwealth Games: Games Transport Plan
In preparation for the 2022 Commonwealth games, West Midlands Combined Authority are preparing a Transport Plan which will utilise over £320m of Transforming Cities Fund funding. The plan will address transportation of spectators, athletes and the Games Family, while at the same time ensuring any disruption to transport users is kept to a minimum.

£42 million to tackle congestion on the A630
Roads Minister Baroness Vere has given the go-ahead to a multi-million pound upgrade to the A630, which will cut congestion and boost capacity along the busy route into Sheffield. Work is scheduled to start in the coming weeks and expected to be finished by summer 2022.
To view all live construction opportunities in the UK, visit our tender categories page.



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Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Newtownabbey: Cremators
Short description: The design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning, together with the associated response and preventive maintenance of the cremator, mercury abatement plant and ancillary items for a period of 10 years.
Published By: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Date Published: 20 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £893,309.00
Number of tenders received: 1 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Facultatieve Technologies Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Londonderry: Traffic monitoring services
Short description: Provision of traffic management services to the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
Published by: Western Health and Social Care Trust
Date Published: 19 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £305,412.90
Number of tenders received: 1 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: CAR Park Services Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login
HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Newport: Sprinkler systems installation work
Short description: Design and installation of automated fire suppression systems, fire alarms and associated works to general needs housing schemes owned and maintained by Newport City Homes.
Published By: Newport City Homes
Date Published: 21 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £12,471,915.50
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Harmony Fire | Sureserve Fire and Electrical Ltd (formerly Allied Protection) |
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE


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Public Sector Round-Up 16.10.20

In the news this week: Salford’s solar farm and hydroelectric schemes will power 638 homes, £103m fund to help heritage organisations and specialist contractors, and a £24m energy saving scheme announced in Leeds.
Our top OJEU notices are: A contract to maintain 30,000 trees in Welwyn Hatfield, over £2m to digitise medical records in Birmingham, and the design and manufacture of a new transport system for Southend on Sea Pier.
This week we also saw 1061 new notices published to the marketplace, that’s an 11% increase on last week and a 27% increase on the number published in the first week of October.


UK tender publishing update

1061

762

299

Total UK NoticesLow-Value NoticesOJEU Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 09.10.20 & 15.10.20

1061 notices were published between 09.10.20 and 15.10.20, an 11% increase on the
number of notices published the previous week.
As of 16.10.20, there are over 2900 live notices across all industries on Tender Direct.
If you would like more information about the types of opportunities available for your business, we would be happy to provide you with a free Market Overview.


In the news this week

‘State-of-the-art’ solar farm and new hydroelectric schemes will power 638 homes
5,094 solar panels are planned for Salford with work set to start on site by summer 2021, and will last 5 months. Plans for a hyrdo-electric installation to power 200 homes has also been announced.
Salford council will spend £2m on this project with an additional £1.7 coming from the EU. They have invested a lot of funding into creating green spaces and cycle ways in the last 10 years, and these developments will also see improvements made to existing cycle ways.

Heritage organisations get £103m recovery fund
Funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund has been awarded to 445 heritage organisations in England. The funding will help organisations survive the pandemic while also allowing them to commission repair and maintenance work – which is great news for specialist contractors. Each of the 445 organisations can apply for grants of up to £1m.

Council announces £24m energy saving scheme for council homes
Leeds City Council aims to cut both their tenants’ energy bills and the city’s carbon footprint. They are currently tendering for the design, development and delivery of six heating networks.
To find opportunities like this and more, view our category search and find notices relevant to your industry: tendersdirect.co.uk/search-category



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Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Welwyn Garden City: Tree-maintenance services
Short description: Contract for tree maintenance services to the Council, who maintain 30,000 trees across the Borough, those owned and managed by itself and also trees owned by the Highway’s Council, Herts County Council. 
Published By: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Date Published: 12 October 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £1,600,000.00
Number of tenders received: 4 (of which were SMEs: 4)
Contractors: Maydencroft Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Birmingham: Scanning services
Short description: Contract for the digitisation of paper medical records directly into a GP practice clinical system.
Published by: NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group
Date Published: 12 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,778,432.65
Number of tenders received: 9
Contractors: Northgate Public Services (UK) Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login
HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Southend-on-Sea: Railway and tramway locomotives and rolling stock and associated parts
Short description: Contract for the manufacture of a new transport system for Southend on Sea Pier – including design, development, assembly, installation and operation of the new transport system equipment.
Published By: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Date Published: 13 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £ 2,936,500.00
Number of tenders received: 2 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Severn Lamb Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE


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Public Sector Round-Up 09.10.20

In the news this week: £51m worth of work on the A19 is to start 6 months early, ports to receive significant post-Brexit infrastructure fund, and £160m dedicated to producing wind turbines in England, Scotland and Wales.
Our top OJEU notices for the week feature a contract for over £2m worth of medical supplies, a contract for £34m worth of cargo handling and storage services, and a £50m award for billing, metering and interface equipment.
995 notices were published in the last 7 days, a significant increase on the previous week.


UK tender publishing update

995

689

306

Total UK NoticesLow-Value NoticesOJEU Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 02.10.20 & 09.10.20

995 notices were published between 02.10.20 and 08.10.20, a 16% increase on the n umber of notices published the previous week.
As of 09.10.20, there are over 2900 live notices across all industries on Tender Direct.
If you would like more information about the types of opportunities available for your business, we would be happy to provide you with a free Market Overview.


In the news this week

Work starts 6 months ahead of schedule on £51 million A19 upgrade
£51 million worth of upgrades on the A19 have begun 6 months ahead of schedule, a move in support of the government’s commitment to quickly levelling up Northern transport infrastructure.
As of 09.10.2020 there are over 430 live road construction notices across the UK, and hundreds more for wider construction. View our category search to see what opportunities are available for you.

Government launch £200m Port Infrastructure Fund
Ports will be able to access this fund for the creation of vital port infrastructure – including warehouses, control posts and traffic management systems.
The fund has been create to allow ports to function post-Brexit, where regardless of the outcome, infrastructure changes will be needed.

Johnson pledges £160m for offshore wind
£160m will be invested in upgrading ports and factories in England, Wales and Scotland, for the production of wind turbines. This commitment is part of the first stage of a 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution”.
The plan aims to create 2,000 jobs in construction and support 60,000 established jobs.
With a major focus on significantly reducing emissions to net-zero before 2050 – expect to see many more significant Build Back Greener schemes.



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Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-London: Medical equipments
Short description: Provision of PCR equipment and consumables as part of the UK Covid-19 Testing strategy in support of Pillar1 – NHS laboratory testing..
Published By: Department of Health and Social Care
Date Published: 05 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,119,113.60
Number of tenders received: 1 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: VWR International Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Croydon: Cargo handling and storage services
Short description: Contract for the provision of Border Force Haulage and Storage Services. 
Published By: Home Office
Date Published: 07 October 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £34,376,777.00
Number of tenders received: 5
Contractors: XPO Supply Chain UK Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-London: Technical testing, analysis and consultancy services
Short description: A framework for the provision of billing, metering and interface equipment.
Published by: Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Date Published: 07 October 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £50,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3 (Of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Switch2 Energy Ltd | Nottingham City Council | Vital Energi Utilities
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login
HERE


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Public Sector Round-Up 02.10.20


UK tenders update

838

579

259

Total UK NoticesLow-Value NoticesOJEU Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 25.09.20 & 1.10.20

In the news this week

Huge increase in UK personal protective equipment production
Across the UK, 32 billion items of PPE have now been purchased, and 70 per cent of the expected demand for PPE will be met by UK manufacturers from December. Before the pandemic, just 1 per cent of PPE was produced in the UK.
Over the last few months we have seen numerous orders for PPE from a wide range of buyers. To see what opportunities are currently available, click HERE


Stand out prior information notices

£633,000,000 worth of services related to Covid-19 for ONS
ONS was commissioned at the end of April 2020 to conduct the Covid-19 infection survey to collect the data which can help to answer these questions and inform HMG’s policies and operational interventions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. 
View full prior information notice HERE



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Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Birmingham: Highway maintenance work
Short description: Highways England is looking for a suitable contractor to provide and undertake all routine and cyclic maintenance, incident response, defect rectification and severe weather delivery on the all-purpose trunk roads and motorways within the South-East Region Area 4.
Published By: Highways England
Date Published: 28 September 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £159,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Kier Highways Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Croydon: Fire-prevention services
Short description: Regular servicing, new installations and reactive maintenance of fire safety systems to properties owned and managed by Optivo in London, Kent, Sussex and the Midlands.
Published by: Optivo
Date Published: 28 September 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £10,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 10 (of which were SMEs: 9)
Contractors: Fire Systems
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login
HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Liverpool: Telecommunications network
Short description: HM Coastguard are required to monitor VHF and MF Radio transmissions from 155 remote radio sites (RRS), situated around 11 000 miles of UK coastline. The existing network that links these remote radio sites has been withdrawn from the market and needs to be replaced.
Published By: Crown Commercial Service
Date Published: 29 September 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £100,419,467.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: telent Technology Services Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE


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Public Sector Round-Up 25.09.20

In the news this week: a new PPN puts a focus on social value, £80m boost to towns across England, and £8.7m to introduce digital records and e-prescribing capabilities to seven NHS trusts.
Our top OJEU notices for the week feature a 3 year kitchen and bathroom installation contract in Birmingham, a building materials and associated services framework in Preston, and a framework for information technology services in Chester.
Our stand out PIN this week is a £670,000,000 Building Safety and Compliance Framework from Fusion 21.
This week we saw 887 notices published across the UK, with 678 of those being low value opportunities.


UK tenders update

887

678

279

Total UK NoticesLow-Value NoticesOJEU Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 18.09.20 & 24.09.20

887 notices were published between 18.09.20 and 24.09.20.
As of 25.09.20, there are over 3800 live notices across all industries on Tender Direct.
If you would like more information about the types of opportunities available for your business, we would be happy to provide you with a free Market Overview.


In the news this week

Procurement Policy Note – Taking Account of Social Value in the Award of Central Government Contracts
If you are looking to win public sector work, you could soon have to make it clearer in your proposals how you plan to help the government deliver its social value priorities. A newly released PPN introduces requirements, from 1 January 2021, for Central Government buyers to evaluate their procurements and ensure they provide a significant level of social value. The 5 key pillars for evaluating social value are: COVID-19 recovery, Tackling economic inequality, Fighting climate change, Equal opportunity, and Wellbeing.

£80 million boost to towns across England
Over 100 towns across England will be be given up to £1m to support projects that will make a difference in the area. Projects highlighted include new green spaces, businesses spaces, greater pedestrianisation, and new community hubs to support those living alone.

Digital prescribing and records introduction boosted by funding
The government have announced £8.7m funding, across seven hospital trusts, to introduce digital records and e-prescribing capabilities. 130 NHS trusts already have similar systems, and as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, over £78m will be invested in introducing electronic prescribing systems across the NHS.


Stand out prior information notices

£670,000,000 Fusion21 Building Safety and Compliance Framework
The framework is intended to support public sector organisations in managing the safety and compliance of their buildings. Included within the 12 lots are opportunities for £120m worth of fire safety consultancy and £80m for electrical testing.
View full prior information notice HERE



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Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Birmingham: Installation of fitted kitchens
Short description: To deliver kitchen and bathroom installations to include the supply of bathrooms and any associated works. This contract will be for a 3 year duration with an option to extend annually for a maximum period of 24 months. 
Published By: Midland Heart Ltd
Date Published: 23 September 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £24,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 6 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Woodland Property Services | J Tomlinson Ltd | Lovell Partnerships Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Preston: Construction materials and associated items
Short description: Contract for building materials and associated services, providing high quality services using a customer focused approach particularly in the public sector to create an end to end building materials framework. 
Published By: Places for People Group Ltd
Date Published: 21 September 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £200,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 2
Contractors: Travis Perkins Trading Company Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Chester: Information technology services
Short description: A national framework agreement for the provision of a secure managed service of technology assets to public sector organisations.
Published by: Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Date Published: 18 September 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £5,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 1
Contractors: Clares Office Supplies Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login
HERE


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Public Sector Round-Up 18.09.20


In the news this week: £800m tender for Covid-19 home test kits, £1bn NHS PC and print framework opened and £30m funding injection to unlock land for new homes.
Our top OJEU notices for the week feature a £2bn modular homes construction contract in Birmingham, £23.5m contract for road repair and maintenance, and a £4m award for a range of marketing services.
This week we saw 938 notices published across the UK, which is 12% more than last week – meaning plenty more opportunities for you to win new business.


UK tenders update

938

646

292

Total UK NoticesLow-Value NoticesOJEU Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 11.09.20 & 18.09.20

In the news this week

Coronavirus: £800m bid to boost home testing as Lighthouse Laboratories falter
A contract valued at £785 The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to find a supplier who can handle the delivery of 200,000 home-testing kits a day. To view the notice on Tenders Direct for free, click here.

NHS opens bidding on £1bn PC and print framework
Bidding for a four-year framework to supply the NHS with desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, specialist hardware, printers and scanners. The total contract has an estimated value of £1bn and is split across 6 lots.

£30m funding injection to unlock land for new homes
The government has announced an additional £30m worth of funding to help kick-start the building of new homes. The funding will see £20m allocated to the Land Release Fund and £10m to the One Public Estate programme to help release surplus land for housing.



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Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Birmingham: Construction work
Short description: CHIC is procuring three contracts for the manufacture, supply and erection of new modular (volumetric) Homes with options for all site works. 
Published By: Central Housing Investment Consortium (‘CHIC’)
Date Published: 11 September 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £2,045,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 2 (of which were SMEs: 2)
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 4 (of which were SMEs: 4)
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 1 (of which were SMEs: 1)
Contractors: Elements Europe Ltd | Module-AR Ltd | Impact Modular ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Leeds: Repair, maintenance and associated services related to roads and other equipment
Short description: Contract to undertake full reinstatement activities associated with NGNs customer and operations emergency locate and repair programme, connection activities throughout the RIIO GD1 and GD2 price control period.
Published By: Northern Gas Networks
Date Published: 11 September 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £23,581,173.00
Number of tenders received: 7
Contractors: Utility Support Services Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Taunton: Marketing services
Short description: Marketing services.
Published by: UK Hydrographic Office
Date Published: 15 September 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £3,900,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 9
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 5
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 6
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 5
Number of tenders received, lot 6: 2
Number of tenders received, lot 7: 1
Contractors: Radley Yeldar | Blue Communications Ltd | Proctor and Stevenson | Grosvenor Film | Proctors and Stevenson | BFBS Ltd | Proseworks Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login
HERE


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Public Sector Round-Up 11.09.20


In the news this week: £9.3m invested in council EV schemes, £12bn boost for affordable homes, and two e-scooter trials launched in York and West Midlands.
Our top OJEU notices for the week feature a diverse £30m NHS contract for hospitality, cleaning and administration services, a £6m contract for refuse collection vehicles and a £3.6m award for telematics services.
The top Prior information Notice of the week is a £1.2bn framework for the maintenance, repair and calibration of medical equipment.


UK tenders update

840

603

237

Total UK NoticesLow-Value NoticesOJEU Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 04.09.20 & 11.09.20

Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-London: Hotel, restaurant and retail trade services
Short description: To provide a range of services including: cleaning, catering, portering, security, pest control, window cleaning, linen and laundry, clinical and domestic waste and helpdesk to Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Published By: Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Date Published: 08 September 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £30,029,484.00
Number of tenders received: 1
Contractors: ISS Mediclean Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-London: Telematics services
Short description: Contract award notice for the supply and installation of an integrated road vehicle telematics and dashboard camera system with associated services.
Published By: Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
Date Published: 09 September 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £3,683,220.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 5
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 2
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 2
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 3
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 6
Contractors: Masternaut Ltd | Company Watch Ltd |Condeco Ltd | Repstor Ltd | Resolve Systems LLC
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Bournemouth: Refuse-collection vehicles
Short description: The contract provides for the following:• 18 tonne RCV — diesel fuelled,• 26 tonne RCV — diesel fuelled,• 26 tonne RCV — zero emission (i.e. electric (EV) or hydrogen).
Published by: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
Date Published: 09 September 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £6,028,113.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Dennis Eagle Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login
HERE


In the news this week

Highways England invest £9.3m in council’s EV schemes
Highways England announced £9.3m this week to help businesses adopt electric vehicles. The fund allows local authorities to give businesses a 2 month trial of electric vehicles. The money for this comes from Highways England’s Designated Funds programme, which will invest around a billion pounds between 2020 and 2025 to benefit the public, economy and planet. With more and more focus on electric vehicles, funding towards similar EV projects (see e-scooter trials below) and charging points for them will become increasingly popular.

Jenrick unveils huge £12 billion boost for affordable homes
A massive investment of £12bn in affordable housing was announced this week, the largest single funding commitment to affordable housing in a decade. The programme will be delivered between 2021 to 2026, providing up to 180,000 new homes across England. Building homes is a priority for the government, and consideration has been made to ensure smaller developers access finance for new housing developments by boosting the Home Building Fund with an additional £450 million of investment.

Two major e-scooter trials launched in York and West Midlands
The public in York and the West Midlands have been given access to e-scooters this week as two e-scooter trials begin. The contract for the scooters belongs to Voi (a Swedish company) which has initially supplied a few hundred scooters, but over 10,000 are expected to be deployed during the trial – the results of which could create more opportunities in other regions for similar projects.


Stand out prior information notices

£1.2bn framework for the maintenance, repair and calibration of medical equipment
Maintenance Renewal PIN 2020 NHS Supply Chain seeks to establish a non-exclusive framework agreement for the supply to the NHS Supply chain customer base for the maintenance, repair and calibration of medical equipment. 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.
View full prior information for free HERE



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Public Sector Round-Up 04.09.20


In the news this week: £500 million investment in quick result COVID-19 tests, £50m NHS Funding to Boost AI Usage, and Shovel-ready 5G hub project announced for Nottinghamshire.
Our top OJEU notices for the week feature a significant contract in Devon for repair and maintenance services of wheelchairs, extensive construction work for the Museum of London, and General-practitioner services in Birmingham.
There was one significant prior information notice this week for The Gambling Commission, valued at £6.4 for the licence to deliver the UK National Lottery.


UK tenders update

723

457

266

Total UK Tender
Notices
Low-Value NoticesOJEU Notices
Tender notices published in the UK between 28.08.20 & 03.09.20

Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Exeter: Repair and maintenance services of wheelchairs
Short description: NHS Devon CCG has appointed a prime provider in the locality of Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon to provide wheelchair services both standard and specialist for children, young people and adults.
Published By: NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
Date Published: 31 August 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £9,185,00.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: A J Mobility
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-London: Museum construction work
Short description: Anticipated works include extensive strip out, asbestos removal, cast iron works, roof and façade repair and conservation, upper floor structural repairs, basement opening up and brickwork cleaning.
Published By: Museum of London
Date Published: 01 September 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £9,454,486.00
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Paye Stonework and Restoration Ltd
View full award notice with your Tenders Direct login HERE

Title: United Kingdom-Birmingham: General-practitioner services
Short description: NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (NHS Arden and GEM CSU) on behalf of Birmingham and Solihull CCG invited suitably qualified providers who were capable of delivering primary medical services for a period of 7 years.
Published by: NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group
Date Published: 28 August 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £25,047,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 5
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 4
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 4
Contractors: Amaanah Medical Practice | Dr Shabana Rahman | The Practice Surgeries Ltd | Our Health Partnership
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In the news this week

£500 million funding for quick result COVID-19 test trials
A new £500 million funding package will be invested in next generation testing technology and increased testing capacity, the Health and Social Care Secretary announced today.
To date, our large-scale COVID-19 testing system has carried out more than 16 million tests and this new funding for quick result test trials and repeat population testing will help take the programme to the next level.

NHS to Receive £50 Million in Funding to Boost AI Usage
The NHS is set to receive this funding boost for the development of artificial intelligence (AI) to help diagnose and treat serious diseases like cancer.
The £50m will go towards scaling-up work at three existing Digital Pathology and Imaging Artificial Intelligence Centres of Excellence, which will in turn upgrade 38 NHS trusts and benefit 26.5 million patients across England.

Shovel-ready project investment secured for 5G Hub in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire County Council has announced the successful application to establish a 5G Enabled Digital Centre in North Nottinghamshire.


Stand out prior information notices

£6.4bn Call for Competition for the 4th UK National Lottery Licence
The Gambling Commission is launching a process to award a licence to deliver the UK National Lottery. The current licence to operate the National Lottery expires in 2023 and we are now launching the 4th National Lottery Licence Competition to identify the operator of the next licence. We are running a competition through which potential operators (including consortia) can apply to become the Licensee for the 4th National Lottery Licence. This contract notice serves to notify the market of the launch of competition.
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Public Sector Round Up 28.08.20

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In the news this week, £32.5 million investment confirmed for Moray, SME’s encouraged to engage with Highways England for £1bn Tech Contract, and £1.5bn Navy contract could open up to EU suppliers.
Our top OJEU notices for the week include a £3.6m construction at Farnham Depot, £72m wastewater treatment plant construction, and £75m in financial consultancy services.
Two complimentary prior information notices of around £1bn each for Highways England were announced this week, with the potential to create significant work for tech companies.


UK tenders update

1,247

670

434

Total UK Public
Sector Tenders
Low-Value noticesOJEU notices
Tenders published in the UK between 21.08.20 & 27.08.20

Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-London: Railway depot construction work
Short description: Additional sidings to be provided at Farnham Depot. The works also includes providing a DC power supply upgrade, power and lighting, ground level and raised walkways and car parking enhancements.
Published By: First MTR South Western Trains Ltd
Date Published: 21 August 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £3,588,917.34
Number of tenders received: 3
Contractors: Walker Construction (UJK) Ltd
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Title: United Kingdom-Mansfield: Wastewater treatment plant construction work
Short description: Contract for design and construction services for new water treatment schemes, along with refurbishment of existing schemes along with associated minor works.
Published By: The Coal Authority
Date Published: 25 August 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £72,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 5
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 14 (of which were SMEs: 11)
Contractors: JBA Bentley Ltd | Kier Integrated Services Ltd | AVRS Systems Ltd | Clayton Project Engineering Ltd | ECS Engineering Services Ltd | Integrated Water Services Ltd | JN Bentley Ltd | nmcn PLC | Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd
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Title: United Kingdom-London: Financial consultancy services
Short description: Framework agreement for the supply of financial advisory services which covers a wide range of financial advisory services including general finance, tax advisory, treasury management, financial analysis and real estate and strategic asset advisory.
Published by: Hyde Housing Association
Date Published: 26 August 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £75,000,000.00
Number of tenders received, lot 1: 5
Number of tenders received, lot 2: 5
Number of tenders received, lot 3: 11
Number of tenders received, lot 4: 12
Number of tenders received, lot 5: 10
Contractors: Deloitte LLP | Ernst and Young LLP | Grant Thornton UK LLP | Mazars LLP | KPMG LLP | Crowe U.K. LLP | Savills UK Ltd | TradeRisks Ltd | CBRE Ltd | Newbridge Advisors LLP | Chatham Financial | N.M. Rothschild and Sons Ltd | Resolute Asset Management LLP | QMPF LLP | Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP | Jones Lang LaSalle Ltd | Cambridge Finance Ltd
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In the news this week

UK Government confirms £32.5 million investment in Moray Growth Deal
The projects supported by the deal include:
◆ £21 million for a Moray Aerospace, Advanced Technology and Innovation Campus.
◆ £5 million for an innovative Digital Health project that will support the increasing demands and service capacity challenges on public health services.
◆ £3 million for a Manufacturing Innovation base for Moray to support the development of process and production efficiencies for businesses.
◆ £3.5 million to support the development of Grant Lodge, a visitor attraction in Elgin that will be part of a culture and tourism-led regeneration of the city centre.

Highways England Wants to Tap SMEs, New Suppliers for £1 Billion Tech Framework
Small businesses are being ‘urged’ to engage with Highways England for its major new £1 billion IT Commercial Framework (ITCF), which offers potential work with software, hardware and services. 

£1.5bn Royal Navy fleet support vessels contracts should stay in Britain, says Portsmouth MP
Stephen Morgan, Labour Portsmouth South MP, reacts to reports that the £1.5bn Fleet Solid Support Ship programme could be put out to tender to foreign firms.


Stand out prior information notices

£1bn Information technology commercial framework (ITCF)
The purpose of this PIN is to inform the market of Highways England’s plans to launch a technology framework that will be called the information technology commercial framework (ITCF). Launched alongside the operational technology commercial framework (OTCF), the ITCF and OTCF will be vehicles to support the delivery of Highways England’s RIS2 technology pipeline and to meet the strategic aims of Highways England.
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£950m Operational technology commercial framework (OTCF)
The purpose of this PIN is to inform the market of Highways England’s plans to launch a technology framework that will be called the operational technology commercial framework (OTCF). Launched alongside the information technology commercial framework (ITCF), the OTCF and ITCF will be vehicles to support the delivery of Highways England’s RIS2 technology pipeline and to meet the strategic aims of Highways England.
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Public Sector Round Up 21.08.20

In the news this week, we saw £77m allocated to York’s new city centre quarter, £2.3million to help North Devon Hospital this winter and £260m of Coronavirus support for Welsh councils.
Our top OJEU notices for the week include £16m catering supplies in Paisley, £70m road construction in Portsmouth and £14m marine construction in Glasgow.
We also saw two significant prior information notices announced, one to improve NHS waiting times and the other for residential development across Wales.
In our look at the number or tenders published over the last 7 days, we are only slightly up on the previous week, but still showing an upward trend since lockdown was relaxed.


UK tenders update

787

601

186

Total UK Public
Sector Tenders
Low-Value noticesOJEU notices
Tenders published in the UK between 14.08.20 & 20.08.20

Top OJEU contract award notices

Title: United Kingdom-Paisley: Disposable catering supplies
Short description: A contract for materials including catering disposables, catering sundries, insulated containers and trolleys.
Published By: Scotland Excel
Date Published: 18 August 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £16,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 8 (of which were SMEs: 4)
Contractors: Bunzl UK Limited TA Bunzl Catering Supplies | Brake Bros Ltd | Alliance Disposables Ltd | GMC Corsehill Ltd | Unico Ltd | Instock Ltd | Nisbets Plc | BFS Group Ltd T/A Bidfood
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Title: United Kingdom-Portsmouth: Construction work for highways, roads
Short description: To deliver road, highways and associated redevelopment works within Portsmouth city centre and the surrounding environs, including for infrastructure which serves/adjoins the city centre, on a design and build partner contracting basis.
Published By: Portsmouth City Council
Date Published: 17 August 2020
Framework/DPS: Yes
Value excluding VAT: £70,000,000.00
Number of tenders received: 4
Contractors: Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd
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Title: United Kingdom-Port Glasgow: Marine construction works
Short description: Upgrade works to Tarbert Ferry terminal to facilitate the new dual fuel vessel.
Published by: Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (Utility)
Date Published: 17 August 2020
Framework/DPS: No
Value excluding VAT: £14,300,000.00
Number of tenders received: 4
Contractors: RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd
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In the news this week

York Central infrastructure funding confirmed
Network Rail and Homes England to invest £77 million to ensure York’s new city centre quarter development goes ahead, helping to enable vital infrastructure to connect the site, including a bridge over the East Coast mainline railway.

Additional £2.3million to help North Devon hospital this winter
The additional funding is to help the hospital cope through winter, by increasing A&E capacity, enhancing infection prevention and control measures and making improvements to emergency care and urgent treatment services.

Welsh Government announces a further £260m of Coronavirus support
This additional funding will be used to ease pressures caused by the first wave of Covid-19, and prepare councils for a potential second wave. The funding is intended to deal with increased costs and manage loss of income due to Covid-19.


Stand out prior information notices

£10bn framework to reduce NHS waiting times
This PIN provides early notification of the intention to launch a Procurement in September to establish a Framework Agreement of service providers able to support the reduction of waiting lists forecast to increase as a result of Covid-19 interrupting and reducing available NHS capacity.
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£5bn Welsh housing framework
The London Housing Consortium (LHC) (acting as the Central Purchasing Body for the Welsh Procurement Alliance (WPA)), are consulting on the potential establishment of a DPS Agreement for Residential Construction (including any associated community buildings and facilities) across South and Mid-Wales.
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