Awarded to Interact Consulting Limited

Start date: Tuesday 10 April 2018
Value: £17,550
Company size: SME
Highways England

WordPress Development and API integration copy

3 Incomplete applications

3 SME, 0 large

10 Completed applications

10 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Friday 9 February 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 13 February 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 16 February 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
Development of the Highways England website to support stakeholder engagement and collaboration, this will include the creation of responsive and accessible WordPress templates and the integration of data from third party applications using APIs. Providing general WordPress development support until the end of the financial year.
Latest start date
Thursday 1 March 2018
Expected contract length
Yorkshire and the Humber
Organisation the work is for
Highways England
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
You will be working with our digital team in Leeds and UX designer in Birmingham. Some contact will also be required with our hosting provider.
What the specialist will work on
To help support stakeholder engagement we are developing our website to provide areas for specialist content and engagement.

The development of our website will include the creation of templates and pulling in API data from third party applications, providing general WordPress development support until the end of the financial year.
We have a WordPress solution and hosting environment in place but it may be a requirement to extend on this as we build separate hubs of content across the site.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Highways England, Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds, LS11 9AT
Working arrangements
required to work from our Leeds office but also the option to work remotely for some of the development work.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Standard DOS T&Cs

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
  • experience of setting up WordPress websites and plugins
  • experience of coding with PHP
  • experience of building Wordpress templates from scratch
  • experience of using X-Theme and Cornerstone
  • experience of using ‘global content blocks’
  • experience of developing within an existing customised WordPress framework
  • experience of using and developing APIs
  • have experience of testing end-to-end service
  • have experience of assessing and mitigating security and privacy issues
  • have experience of working effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • technical expertise of front-end, UI web development and responsive web design (HTML5/CSS/JS)
  • knowledge of web accessibility standards with associated accreditation
  • experience with setting up and managing Linux servers, ideally in the Rackspace cloud environment
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Have experience of successfully delivering digital projects using iterative development
  • Experience of working with central or local government

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work well in a collaborative multidisciplinary team and be confident at communicating and demonstrating developments and ideas,
  • Demonstrate courage and challenge the status quo (e.g. can express controversial views, confront reality, make tough decisions,)
  • Be respectful of different opinions and constructive in feedback
  • Have an open approach to team working with non-technical clients
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Hello, what is the IR35 status? Thank you
IR35 doesn’t apply
2. Hello, what is the expected contract length? Thank you
Minimum 20 days from when contract starts.
3. What is the duration of the project?
Minimum 20 days from when contract starts.
4. What is the anticipated contract length?
Minimum 20 days from when contract starts.
5. What is the duration of the project please?
Minimum 20 days from when contract starts.
6. Is it IR35? May i know the contract duration? What kind of clearance required, DBS, Disclosure Scotland, BPSS or SC?
Not IR35, Baseline clearance be advantageous, not essential as there is no access required to our internal system.
7. Hi Could you advise of the duration of the contract please? Thank you
Minimum 20 days from when contract starts.
8. "end of the financial year" suggests the contract will terminate on the 31st of March 2018? Please confirm time frames clearly.
Minimum 20 days from when contract starts.
9. Can you confirm if this role falls inside of the off-payroll working regulations (IR35), Thank you
IR35 doesn’t apply
10. Can you confirm that this will fall outside of IR35?
IR35 doesn’t apply
11. Could you confirm the contract duration?
Minimum 20 days from when contract starts.
12. What is the duration of the contract? What is the IR35 status?
Minimum 20 days from when contract starts. IR35 Doesn’t apply.
13. Is the project likely to be extended ? If so, do you have any idea for possibly how long?
This contract is primarily to cover work needed between now and the end of the financial year. It is likely further work will be needed next year that will be done as a separate project/contract.
14. Can any of the work be done remotely? If so, how much?
Pretty much all of it, but it might be necessary to visit Leeds or Birmingham for meetings and attend telephone meetings and video chats etc.
15. How many years experience of the essential skills is required?
At least 1 year.
16. We have experience in using Global Content Blocks, but it is no longer supported by the original developer. If possible, we would normally recommend an alternative solution. Is this feasible, or would you prefer to continue with Global Content Blocks?
At the moment, due to tight deadlines, we need to work with the Global Content Blocks and existing theme and structure already in place. IT would take too long to unpick everything, but there might be scope to change this in the future.
17. Can you confirm if this is an ‘on-site’ role or could the work be undertaken remotely with ad-hoc days on-site when relevant.
Yes, this is mostly a remote role with perhaps the occasional day on-site as required for meetings etc.
18. You have answered that the contract is a minimum of 20 days. What is the maximum contract length or length of any extension?
It will depend on the day rate charged by the supplier but there is the potential within the budget for up to 40-50 days to cover our basic requirements and any further agreed improvements and changes.