Competitive Procurement Phase
Four procurement contracts have been awarded each for £5 million to develop a proposal for FSS. Contracts have been placed through the following lead companies representing the four consortia:
Whilst the contracting party may be UK or non-UK the basis of the contract is that the work will be undertaken by the relevant consortium members that responded to and prequalified against the MOD’s criteria for competition entry. Every consortium has a UK contingent or is exclusively UK.
A contract will subsequently be awarded for the manufacturing phase where the winning bidder will refine their concept design prior to the build of FSS ships. The Government has made clear that a substantial part of the build will be conducted in the UK, there is a requirement to integrate all ships in a UK shipyard. In addition Social Value will represent a significant proportion of the evaluation of the bids. The contract will be awarded to a UK firm acting solely or as part of a consortium. The exact form that the contract will take is yet to be determined. Similarly the key sub-contracting roles beneath those primarily responsible for delivery will be determined as part of the award of the contract also helping to ensure that Government objectives are met.