Leading audio-visual integrator IDNS has placed first for large contracts in the recently announced North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) framework.
Being ranked number one now allows Universities, across England and Wales, to engage with IDNS on a direct award basis if the project hits the required criteria, without the need for time-consuming costly tenders. This, in turn, will enable agile relationships to be built and a quick turnaround time of projects.
This framework – which also encompasses a consortium of other major HE frameworks including HEPCW for Wales, LUPC for London and SUPC for the South of England – is the largest of its kind in the UK and prides itself on cultivating a high industry standard of design, technologies and working practises for all suppliers.
Last year, the combined spend on AV equipment from the consortium members, for all 174 signatories, was £50 million. This year it is expected to be in excess of £70 million.
It is split into two sections; one being small contracts, which IDNS was also awarded a place on, and the other being larger projects involving more complex solutions that require design and significant project management. In recognising IDNS’ strengths in such areas, the audio-visual specialist was ranked first for quality based upon criteria such as innovation in design, quality and sustainability.
With its in-house design, implementation and programming skills, IDNS has a wealth of experience working within the HE sector, including:
- The design and installation of Europe’s largest rollout of Sony’s Vision Exchange wireless collaboration solutions at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David,
- Cutting-edge digiTILE internal and external signage at the University of Bedfordshire,
- The UK’s first large scale Crestron NVX implementation at UCL,
- Fully IDNS Project managed new build AV implementations at University of Kent.
The NEUPC announcement comes on the back of IDNS recently being awarded a place on the CPC framework for IT in July, and the Welsh NPS framework for AV in August.
Darren Clayman, Managing Director of IDNS, said: “It is such a complicated time for the higher education sector right now. With social distancing rules and other COVID-secure regulations contributing to the ‘new normal’, lecture theatres and learning environments will increasingly rely on technology that enables collaboration – without needing to be in close contact with peers.”
“Having worked with universities across the UK for a number of years, being ranked the number one supplier for large complex design solutions on the NEUPC framework comes as worthy recognition of our team’s achievements thus far. The award now provides us with the platform on which we can keep pushing forward, expanding and bucking the trend by recruiting additional staff strategically placed to administer these new frameworks.
“We are committed to supporting communities local to the contracts we are working with, by employing from the local populace whilst building our works through our NetPositive plans.”