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Archives for January 2011
Major Regional College draws on procurement expertise for forthcoming major IT overhaul for their supply chain.
Hertford Regional College (HRC) has appointed procurement consultancy Ocurem Ltd, to review, manage, and tender its IT requirements, which are estimated to be up to £30 million pounds and include Cloud Computing, IT hardware, software and e-learning.
The procurement exercise aims to ensure that a single supplier is selected rather than a variety of suppliers, therefore reducing cost and supplier management. This framework for Cloud IT and Infrastructure Services is for the supply of ‘green’ Data Centre services and includes Infrastructure, Platform and Software as a service and expect a wide spectrum of schools, colleges and universities to utilise these services for data storage, on-line learning delivery, web hosting and IT service support.
The framework agreement will allow colleges and other publicly funded institutions from all over the UK and Europe to buy from the successful supplier once the final volume discounted pricing structures have been agreed. HRC and Ocurem are welcoming potential suppliers who form part of a consortium.
The deadline for the potential suppliers to request the tender pack is 26th January 2011. Potential suppliers can request details by emailing HRC@ocurem.com The final deadline for PQQ responses is 1st February 2011 @ 4pm.
The procurement exercise being managed by Ocurem is made up of 2 parts; The Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) followed by a successful shortlist of suppliers invited to tender (ITT).The contract is expected to be awarded throughout April.
- Work Package Brief summary of works and services required
- Groundworks Excavation of foundations, concrete to foundations, formwork, reinforcement.
- Installation of drainage
- Piling Specialist works
- Enabling Works Miscellaneous site clearance and welfare set up
- Hoarding Erection of perimeter fencing
- Site Cabins Provision and installation of site offices, cabins etc
- Subsonic Survey Specialist works
- Cabin Clean General cleaning of site offices etc
- Concrete Frame Formwork, steel fixing and placement of concrete
- Curtain Walling Specialist works
- M&E – Mechanical Installation of heating, ventilation, ductwork, pipework and air conditioning systems
- M&E – Electrical Installation of electrical systems, lighting, cctv, BMS controls, wiring, computer cabling and AV equipment
- PCC Stairs Specialist works
- Cladding Specialist works
- Steel Doors / Louvres Provision and installation of steel doors, security doors, louvres, roller shutter doors etc
- Liquid Applied Waterproof (Hydrotech) Specialist works
- Structural Steel Erection of structural steelwork
- Structural Glazing Installation of glazing systems
- Syphonic Drainage Installation of internal and external rainwater collection and disposal systems
- Green Roof Specialist works
- Entrance Doors Provision and installation of external entrance doors
- Lift Installation Specialist works
- Builders Works Miscellaneous forming of holes and penetrations, diamond drilling in walls and floors for services etc
- Masonry Miscellaneous brickwork and blockwork
- Landscaping & Planting Planting of trees, shrubs and plants including soft and hard landscaping works
- Raised Access Floors Specialist works
- Mansafe Specialist works
- Fire Protection Specialist works
- Insulated Render Installation of insulation and render
- Metalwork – Stair Balustrade Provision and installation of miscellaneous architectural metalwork
- Door Sets & Ironmongery Provision and installation of door furniture and door joinery
- Signage – Crests Supply and install miscellaneous signs
- Internal Partitions & Plaster Installation of plasterboard walls and partitions
- WC Cubicles / IPS Installation of toilet cubicles and panel systems
- Tiling Ceramic tiling to bathrooms, kitchen areas and floors
- Ceilings Installation of metal frame and suspended ceilings
- Joinery (fixtures and fittings) Miscellaneous joinery to doors and architraves and fit out of chambers
- Screed Installation of cementitious floor screeds
- Signage Supply and install miscellaneous signs
- Sealant Miscellaneous sealant/mastic works
- Decoration Painting and decorating of walls and ceilings
- Internal Glazed Screens Internal fit out works
- Flooring Carpeting, terrazo tiling and vinyl
- Security Provision of site office security
- Temp Electrics Provision of temporary site electrics
- Tarmac Tarmac surfacing to external roads and footpaths
- Scaffold Scaffolding
- Hoist Hire only
- Crane Hire only
- Catering On site hot and cold food catering for site operatives
For advice on sourcing construction sector tender opportunities, writing bids and managing tenders contact Ocurem for consultancy or training.
If you can turn your hand to flood prevention then you will be interested in this tender from Argyll and Bute Council for the relaying of sewers and installing of a concrete surface water pipe.
Valued at approximately #500,000, the deadline for requests to participate is 12:00 on 8th February 2011.
For more information visit http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=196914 or email www.ocurem.com.
Anil Alim takes over as head of procurement at the firm and will work with 1,600 different suppliers. The new role comes with a budget for procurement of over £123 million, but with rapid plans for growth this budget is likely to rise significantly in the next 5 years.
Alim will report firectly to finance director (FD) Marc Bradley. Chief executive of Westbury Street Holdings Alastair Storey said he is “delighted” with the appointment and expects Mr Amil to contribute to furthering the company’s purchasing aims.
“Sustainable procurement and the excellent relationships that we have with our supply partners are at the heart of our business,” he explained. “Securing the highest quality fresh seasonal ingredients enables our chefs to use their passion and skills to create exciting nutritious menus.”
Are you based in the Doncaster area? Do you want to find out more about how to maximise the effectiveness of your tenders? Then come along to Ocurem’s free Procurement Seminar on 2nd February 2011.
Running from 9am to 12.30pm, followed by lunch, the seminar will cover:
- Understanding procurement – what kinds of things get tendered?
- 6 stages of a tender
- Sourcing tenders (where and how to find them)
- General overview of the procurement process
- Interpretation of the bid
- Great questions to ask
Location near to Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport. To find out more contact us.
The problems varied and ranged from overpayment to suppliers to paying different amounts for the exact same products are some of the examples where costs can be curtailed, according to John Neilson managing director of NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), He is quoted as saying that managers sitting just a few feet away from each other in the same trust could be paying different prices for supplies such as stationery and surgical instruments
A particular pacemaker was bought at 19 different prices while a surgical tool was bought paying 22 different prices. These costs along with high costs of ICT equipment means that the NHS wastes about 12 per cent of its procurement budget each year.
Neilson also pointed out that administrative costs could be brought down significantly if call centers and other administrative activities were outsourced to India. However, he admitted that there are “local sensitivity” issues regarding outsourcing to India however he highlighted that there was no capability issue.
The Patients’ Association is not too enamored about the idea of outsourcing and is worried about the quality of services to patients. “Efficiencies have to be made, but not if the result is that patients are often getting a worse service,” Katherine Murphy, the PA Chief Executive said.
Please can you help. I have received a huge raft of paperwork which is entitled PQQ and I have no idea where to start! Any advice appreciated
Firstly don’t panic, follow these simple pointers to get you started. You don’t mention how you received the PQQ pack in the first instance so i’m not sure if the buyer has contacted you directly but these simple steps should give you some structure and comfort to tendering and responding to the PQQ
1. Read the documents that you have been sent, check that all documents and appendices referred to are all attached and present.
2. Make comments of your questions etc whilst reading it through
3. Try and interpret what the buyer is actually looking for (this can often be referred to in a requirements document / functional specification etc)
4 Look at the timelines and plan when you are going to complete the PQQ (or outsource it to a professional bid writing company – Hint!)
5 Start the writing process in plenty of time, allowing yourself time to check, print, bind (if necessary) and deliver the documents, check how many copies are needed and ensure that they are delivered within the timescales