Decision details

Award of Contract - Connecting Cumbria Phase 2

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Cabinet will be asked to agree the award of the contract for Phase 2 of the Connecting Cumbria project to the preferred supplier.

The Connecting Cumbria project aims to deploy infrastructure to maximise the availability of superfast broadband (greater than 24mbps) across the county. Funding has been offered and procurement has been undertaken for a further phase of this project to cover a larger percentage of the County.


Cabinet considered a report from the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services in respect of their decision on 5th February 2015 to commence procurement of a phase 2 for the Connecting Cumbria superfast broadband infrastructure project utilising a government framework agreement developed by Department of Culture Media and Sport for the National Broadband Scheme(the Framework).


The phase 2 project under the Framework would aim to make superfast broadband available to a further 6,369 properties in Cumbria and with a target that sought to achieve, through a combination of publicly funded and commercially deployed networks, 95% availability of superfast broadband in Cumbria by March 2018. 




(1)            the award of the contract for the Phase 2 of the Connecting Cumbria broadband infrastructure project to British Telecommunications PLC subject to following conditions be approved:


(a)            confirmation is received that the bid meets the criteria for deliverability, state aid compliance and value for money as determined by Broadband Delivery UK;


(b)            the contract shall not come into effect until matched funding is formally confirmed;


                  (2)    authority be delegated to the Corporate Director - Environment and Community Services, in consultation with the Leader, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and the Cabinet Member for Fire, Public Safety and Central Support Services, to:


                          (a)    approve the final terms of the contract with British Telecommunications PLC;


                          (b)    apply for external matched funding for phase 2, and if funding is awarded, enter into appropriate funding agreements;


                          (c)    approve variations to the contract and project Intervention Area during the term of the contract.

Report author: Catherine Weldon

Publication date: 21/06/2015

Date of decision: 04/06/2015

Decided at meeting: 04/06/2015 - Cabinet

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