Atos wins Natural England Genesis contract
£19m contract for Rural Development Programme IT system awarded under negotiated procedure
Natural England has awarded Atos a £19m contract for the hosting, support and development of the legacy rural development programme for England (RDPE) scheme's Genesis IT system.
The award, issued on behalf of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been awarded because Natural England wants to "continue the provision of its current IT systems to enable it to continue to administer its existing ongoing multi-annual agreements, manage their migration into the future systems when those become available, and meet our obligations under the regulations governing the EU-funded CAP schemes."
The contract, which will start from April, was awarded under a negotiated procedure, according to a contract award notice. Following the issue of a prior information notice (PIN), Natural England said it had received forty five expressions of interest, all of whom were invited to a market engagement event.
Twenty eight companies attended the market engagement event held in London but Natural England received only four pre-qualification questionnaire submissions (PQQs). Following the evaluation of the PQQs only two suppliers met the selection criteria sufficiently to be invited to the tender stage. One then withdrew from the process leaving only a single bidder.
The scope of the contract will include the secure hosting of the existing application components and capabilities, providing application support and service desk to Natural England's business users; and delivering changes to the application to meet changing business needs through the CAP transition.