This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Tuesday 28 March 2023
Guildhall School of Music and Drama


6 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 0 large

9 Completed applications

7 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Tuesday 14 March 2023
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 21 March 2023 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 28 March 2023 at 11:59pm GMT


Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Contracted out service: the off-payroll rules do not apply
Summary of the work
To replace existing on-premise Firewall estate of Higher Education campus with scaleable , fault-tolerant, future-proof on-premise solution. Proposal to include, supply and installation of devices, warranty, ongoing support and maintenance contracts.
Latest start date
Friday 28 April 2023
Expected contract length
Organisation the work is for
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Budget range

About the work

Why the work is being done
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) is looking to replace its existing pair of Juniper SRX550 firewalls, in two separate locations. Any recommendations should not be limited to but must exceed the current production firewalls, be scalable, fault tolerant and future proof. A spreadsheet containing more detail on requirement is available on request. GSMD is in the process of migrating its core systems into the Microsoft Azure cloud, making its reliance on new firewalls mission critical. Existing firewalls service; staff, students, remote working, VPNs, halls of residence and events which are often streamed to national media organisations.
Problem to be solved
Current Firewall is outdated and due to go EoL in the near future. Replacement system must be robust, scalable and future-proof.
Who the users are and what they need to do
Internationally renowned, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of the UK's leading providers of lifelong learning in the performing arts, offering training for children, young people, adult learners, and creative and business professionals. The University attracts a vibrant, international community of musicians, actors and production artists. The existing Firewalls service teaching and administrative staff, students, remote working, VPNs, halls of residence and live-streamed events.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
The Guildhall School's Information Security and Infrastructure Team will be leading on this project. It is a team of two; the Information Security and Infrastructure Manager and a Network Analyst but are supported by the wider IT department, including Infrastructure colleagues based at the Barbican.
Current phase

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The hardware is to be installed in two separate locations both within the London, EC2A postcode area.
Working arrangements
Please price for:
- the provision and installation of the kit;
- 12, 24, 36 and 60 month Warranty options with UTM features subscription;
- ongoing off-site support to include phone and chat for 24/7 or 8 - 6 working days. Please price for 12; 24; 24 + 12; and 24 + 12+ 12 month options;
- Break fix support options with 24/7 or 8 - 6 working days SLAs for 12, 24, 36 and 60 months;
- Maintenance options for 12, 24, 24 +12 and 24 +12 +12 months
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Proven experience in supplying and installing Networking equipment
  • Proven experience in supplying and installing Networking equipment
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Top-level affiliation with manufacturers
  • Top-level affiliation with manufacturers

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Technical Solution
  • Value for money
  • Estimated timeframes
  • How they've identified the risks and dependencies and offered approaches to manage them
Cultural fit criteria
  • take responsibiity for their work
  • be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
Payment approach
Fixed price
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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