This contract forms an integral part of the Fastershire Broadband Strategy 2015-18 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. The aim is to procure an Ultrafast Broadband solution for as many of the premises which are as yet unreached in parts of the Forest of Dean as possible. Additionally, a minimum of NGA standard services are being sought within parts of the Golden Valley.
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 Ultrafast Broadband (NGA in the Golden Valley) by the greatest number of the circa. 7 750 eligible premises as possible.
The contractor will be expected to provide substantial investment into the broadband network and 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.
An indicative public subsidy of circa. 4 540 000 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 Lot 2 area. This subsidy has been allocated by BDUK and Gloucestershire County Council.
Edgar Street Grid — Hereford Construction of an 850 metre long single carriageway road with traffic signals at either end and 3 others along the route.
Herefordshire Council (‘The Council') is commencing a procurement via the Competitive Dialogue Process (‘the Process') for a Contract to appoint Provider(s), (primarily Developer(s) but potentially also Funder(s)), for the Council's long term strategic development and regeneration programme (‘the Programme'). The background to the Process is that the Council is currently seeking to provide regeneration and land development in Herefordshire across a range of initiatives, including the construction of the Hereford inner-city link road. In addition, the opening by British Land of the Old Market Shopping Centre in 2014 in the City Centre, the recent commitment of government funding to the creation of a university in Hereford and the recently adopted Local Development Framework Core Strategy (which proposes housing growth amounting to 16 500 new homes to 2031) form part of a wider regeneration plan for Herefordshire. The emerging economic masterplan, which builds on the regeneration objectives of the Core Strategy, sets out an ambitious plan for economic growth and the transformation of the physical environment within the County. Any Provider appointed to support the Programme may be expected to design and construct residential; non-residential; civic; commercial and community facilities, (including the management of some facilities as appropriate). The role of the Provider will include working with the Council to identify and progress opportunities (including feasibility, design and potentially the sourcing of funding) as opportunities are confirmed across the county. There may also be a requirement for a district heating network(s) (dependent upon the result of a current feasibility study, which is currently being considered by the Council). Further details of the Council's Commissioning Objectives can be found within the documents issued in support of the Process (‘the Process Documents'). Developer(s) and Funder(s) are sought who will achieve the Council's commissioning aim in the joint development of a contract model(s) which enable the delivery of high service standards and levels of end user satisfaction; plus the achievement of continuous improvement; process efficiencies and reductions in overall costs.
The Council welcomes participation from fully formed or potential consortia. The Contract model(s) will provide a framework for delivery of design and build; land investment projects and revenue generation opportunities through the operation of facilities (which may involve the creation of special purpose project vehicles). The Contract model(s) will seek to effectively balancing the risks between the Council; any Participating Authorities; Developer(s) and Funder(s), whilst being flexible enough to respond not only to the Council's and Participating Authorities' evolving building and regeneration requirements; statutory duties and responsibilities; but also to innovative developments within the construction and finance sectors. Generally, the Council seeks to work more closely with the community in delivering services and together with any Participating Authorities delivering services in Herefordshire, delivery partners and its town and parish councils, help to define and deliver services tailored to local needs in the county. The Council wishes to strengthen this approach by ensuring that services delivered by public and private sector partnerships and community groups are commissioned (and when applicable regulated) by the Council in such a way as to ensure local needs are met (not least in accordance with the Localism Act 2012 and the Social Value Act 2012 and any amendments thereto). The Council would welcome innovative ideas to support this and ensure the achievement of community benefits and social value. In addition, the delivery of community benefits is at the heart of the Council's approach to the commissioning of the Programme. Delivery of community benefits is of particular importance to the potential Contract(s)due to their strategic nature and core Commissioning Objectives of the achievement of regeneration; possible duration; level of investment and partnership working necessitated with their effective delivery. To this end the Council is seeking a Contract model which will support the Council in effective management of the Contract; strengthen the local supply chain; assure the reduction of environmental impacts and deliver the investment in the techniques; technologies and human resources to assure effective Programme delivery. The Council has drafted some Commissioning Objectives for the Programme, details of which can be found in the Process Documents. The Council has Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) accredited status and applicable aspects of Contract delivery will be set and monitored within the scope of this accreditation. Such initiatives should also seek to further the Council's objectives as set out in the Council's Corporate Plan and other policy documents as may be applicable. Please see the Process Documents for further details. As the potential extent of the Programme is very broad and particularly complex, specifically in respect of the legal and financial make-up of the Programme (including funding terms and the requirement to encompass the scope for the creation of special purpose project vehicles), the Council has opted to use the Competitive Dialogue process to conduct the procurement. This allows the dialogue not only of financial and legal make-up with Participants, but also allows for confirmation of feasibility and co-development of development solutions for specific sites during the Process. Indeed, it is an objective of the Process to appoint Provider(s) who will work successfully with the Council in the development of the Programme: in other words, to commission a strategic development ‘partner’ for the Council. The Council is working towards a Contract award date during spring 2017 aiming for a start on site during Autumn 2017. The Council has issued a PIN in respect of this procurement and carried out a market consultation. Details of this can be found within the Process Documents.
Herefordshire Council ('the Council') is considering the commencement of a land disposal programme which may involve the appointment of a Partner / Provider to work with the Council to develop some sites for the purposes of residential and non-residential development (‘the Development and Regeneration Partnership / the Programme'). Should the decision be taken to develop land and seek a Partner / Provider, it is anticipated that procurement would commence during spring 2016. The Council would be working towards a Contract award date during early 2017, aiming towards a start date on site during autumn 2017.
The Council is issuing this PIN to invite organisations to contribute (be ‘Contributors’) to a market consultation (‘Consultation’) prior to commencement of the procurement(s). The Consultation will take place during February to March 2016. Documents can be accessed (no earlier than 12:00 noon on the 2.2.2016 or 12:00 noon on the day of the publication of the PIN on TED (whichever is the later), via the following link:
The market consultation survey can be accessed via the following link:
The background to the procurement is that the Council is currently seeking to provide regeneration and land development in Herefordshire across a range of initiatives, including the construction of the Hereford inner-city link road. The development of the Old Cattle Market retail site in Hereford; the recent commitment of government funding to the creation of a university in Hereford and the recently adopted Local Development Framework Core Strategy (which proposes housing growth amounting to 16 500 new homes to 2031) form part of a wider regeneration plan for Herefordshire.
The emerging Herefordshire Economic Master-Plan sets out a bold and ambitious framework for economic growth and the transformation of the physical environment and image within the County, Any partner appointed to support the Development and Regeneration Programme may be expected to design and construct residential; non-residential; commercial and community facilities, (including the management of some facilities as appropriate), working with the Council to identify and progress opportunities as these are confirmed across the county (there may also be a requirement for a district heating network(s), dependent upon the result of a current feasibility study, which is due to be considered by the Council during early spring).
Further details of the Council’s Commissioning Objectives can be found within the Consultation documents.
Therefore the scope of the Programme is potentially very wide and as a result, the extent of works that may be required cross cut different developmental specialists and are the remits of different public sector organisations. To this end, the works which may be the subject of any prospective procurement(s) are very broadly described by this PIN. Needless to say, the profile of works that will be procured by the Council is not fixed; the works listed are not exhaustive and their extent indicative only. Accordingly the Council may add or withdraw works from the profile described. Indeed, it is the scoping of the works and the tailoring of the procurement that are some of the primary objectives of the Consultation.
The Council will be seeking to commission works described as ‘Core Works’ within this PIN but also may decide to include works which may not be commissioned on commencement of the Contract, but which may be commissioned during the lifetime of the Contract (in other words ‘Non-Core Works’). The Contract may also be open for the usage of other public sector organisations (‘Partner Authorities’), although such usage may not occur.
The Council also wishes to explore options for financing the Development(s) within the Consultation. The Council may wish to appoint a Funder(s) for the Development(s) howev