Magnox awards IT infrastructure services contract

Magnox Limited, in collaborative venture with three other nuclear businesses, has awarded a new IT infrastructure services contract worth a total of £140 million over 5 years to Atos, an international IT services company.

As well as the provision of IT services across the nuclear sites operated by Magnox Limited, the contract also covers sites operated by Sellafield Limited, LLW Repository Limited and National Nuclear Laboratories Limited. It will reduce the average cost of IT provision across the four businesses by around 24% and result in a more modern, secure and compatible IT infrastructure across all the businesses involved.

The four businesses have collaborated under the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA’s) Shared Services Alliance – an initiative which encourages nuclear  businesses in the UK to work together to identify, develop and deliver opportunities to improve performance across the NDA estate and ensure best value for the UK taxpayer.

Speaking on behalf of the joint team project team who managed the contract award Project Director, Keith Gibson said: “This is a very significant contract for all the businesses involved and we are looking forward to working with Atos. It signals a period of significant change with the new contract having a strong focus on investment and future benefits realisation. It will reduce costs by simplifying IT support arrangements and provides a solid platform for future developments.”

“The project team has worked extremely hard to bring this complex collaborative procurement to the point of contract award and I’d personally like to thank everyone for their hard work. There is a considerable amount still to do to both achieve a successful move to the new supplier and to deliver a very challenging investment programme across all four businesses.”

The contract covers support for the full range of IT provision in the partner businesses, including hardware, software, printers, servers, on-site and off site hosting facilities, information systems and management. Given the scale of the IT systems involved, the handover to the new contract will take around 6 months, and will be managed to ensure that disruption to the businesses will be kept to an absolute minimum.

The bidding process considered all the bids against a wide range of factors, including technical capability, benefits realisation (including cost savings), cost, experience, service levels and innovation.