Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Small Cell Wireless Network
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is seeking to procure and award a concession contract to utilise Royal Borough owned street furniture assets including street lighting as set out in the procurement documents for the deployment of small cell equipment to support the enhancement of localised mobile coverage within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and to enable the future delivery of commercial services associated with future smart city machine to machine connectivity and initiatives.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is seeking to procure and award a concession contract to utilise Royal Borough owned street furniture assets including street lighting for the deployment of small cell equipment to support the enhancement of localised mobile coverage within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and to enable the future delivery of commercial services associated with future smart city machine to machine connectivity and initiatives.
Through access to council owned assets, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is looking to enhance mobile coverage within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with a particular focus on the delivery of small cell infrastructure.
Due to the growth of mobile data usage the development of small cell technology is considered a key component to supplement mobile broadband and wireless services in the coming years.
The roll out of small cell technology is also considered as a key element in the next stage of digital infrastructure development by addressing localised coverage and capacity issues and is expected to complement other key elements of the Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) existing and future network infrastructure.
Beyond small cell and the Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) it is also envisaged that small cell technology will potentially play a key role in enabling “Smart /Future City” initiatives which will benefit both the public and private sectors.
The procurement documents contain a clear, precise and unequivocal review clause permitting the contract to be extended for a period of 5 years.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Tenderers must self-certify that they are financially sound and have sufficient economic resources to perform the contract.
Tenderers must have had a mean average turnover in the past 2 years in excess of 10 000 000 GBP.
Minimum requirements apply to insurance over.
The winning bidder's satisfaction of these tests will be subject to verification by the contracting authority.
The contracting authority has devised 3 Questions that are set out in the procurement documents whose purpose is to provide assurance that the winning bidder has the necessary technical knowledge and experience to successfully perform the contract.
Responses to these questions will be evaluated on a pass /fail basis. The answers will either provide the contracting authority the necessary assurance or the tenderer will be disqualified and their tender will not be evaluated further.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Article 11 of directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concessions contracts was transposed into UK law by the concession contracts regulations 2016 (SI 2016/273) and cane into effect on 18.4.2016.
Regulation 11 CCR 2016, provides that the regulations do not apply to concession contracts for the principal purpose of permitting contracting authorities to provide or exploit public communications networks, or to provide to the public one or more electronic communication services.
Notwithstanding Regulation 11, the authority intends to execute this procurement in a manner that respects the principles of equal treatment and transparency using an open procedure and has therefore chosen to apply the light touch regime of the public contract regulations 2015.
There will be no selection /shortlisting stage. The authority has, however, identified a number of minimum requirements relating to technical and professional ability and experience, and economic and financial standing that it believes are necessary for tenderers to meet.