PS1920-037 – South Yorkshire Digital Infrastructure Strategy

PS1920-037 – South Yorkshire Digital Infrastructure Strategy

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) is the name for the ‘Functional Economic Area’ at the heart of the UK, spanning nine local authority districts in South Yorkshire (Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham), North Nottinghamshire (Bassetlaw) and Derbyshire (Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire).  Focused around the core city of Sheffield, the fifth largest city in England, the City Region consists of a series of linked but diverse communities, including the large urban centres of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, the market towns of Chesterfield and Retford, and rural areas including the Peak District National Park.  This reflects an economic geography that is both complex and dynamic. SCR is home to 1.8 million people, with 68,000 businesses, providing 862,000 jobs.  It is the 10th largest LEP area by population and has the 16th largest economy in England.

The SCRMCA (Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority) is seeking to build on existing work undertaken with partners and this commission is intended to provide an independent check and challenge of existing evidence/strategy work/ analysis; fill any evidence gaps; and set out our strategic approach to the deployment of full fibre and 5G by:

  • providing an independent ‘reality check’ of the Market around full fibre and 5G provision in South Yorkshire and nationally;
  • check and challenging our identified interventions and actions that would be necessary to support full fibre and 5G roll-outs, and suggesting any additional interventions or approaches that could yield additional value and benefits, including resourcing implications and cost estimates;
  • enhancing the existing South Yorkshire Strategy to prepare an up-to-date and holistic Digital Infrastructure Strategy for South Yorkshire, written in a way that is cognisant of Government ambitions and policy/investment;
  • providing an initial assessment of public assets with the potential to support and contribute to the full fibre and 5G roll-out, both now and in the future, together with recommendations about how to exploit those assets including resourcing implications and cost estimates; and
  • providing guidance and advocacy to enable us to better access Government and Government investment for digital infrastructure implementation and other full fibre, 5G and digital connectivity related projects. This may include compelling ‘quick-wins’ proposals which attune with Government policy thinking.

Bidders can obtain relevant information, including the Specification, instructions for submitting a bid and Contract, in the Invitation to Tender Part 1 document. Please note this v1.1 has been updated in light of clarification questions received.

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Bidders interested in making a submission should complete the ITT Part 2 document below. Please note this v1.1 has been updated in light of clarification questions received:

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Clarification questions responses raised in relation to this opportunity and associated responses are included:

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The deadline for the submission of tenders is 12.00 noon on 9th April 2020. All submissions should be made to

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