Published date: 25 January 2024

Last edited date: 29 January 2024

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Contract summary


  • Environmental services - 90700000

Location of contract

East of England

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

25 January 2024

Closing date

22 February 2024

Closing time


Contract start date

1 April 2024

Contract end date

31 March 2026

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Single tender action (below threshold)

A direct contract with a single supplier, without competition.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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The existing system

Marine Recorder Online is a cloud-based multitenant marine benthic biodiversity data management system. It has been built as a redevelopment against the niche and use cases of the previous "Marine Recorder" desktop solution. It has been built from the ground up on modern Azure architecture and from a user-story-centric agile approach. It has not necessarily aimed to directly duplicate all functionality within the old application.

The system is used by all of the UK Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies (SNCBs; JNCC, Natural England, NatureScot, Natural Resources Wales, DAERA), along with key marine NGOs, who provide high-quality marine benthic survey evidence for UK reporting.

The online application provides the central collation, storage, querying and dissemination of spatial marine benthic biodiversity from a range of custodians, stored against a consistent data structure and metadata/vocabularies across all organisations to enable both effective active-data management, and cross-organisational interoperable data for large-scale data analyses regardless of the source.

This contract aims to build upon the initial minimum viable product (MVP) release of the "Marine Recorder Online" multi-organisation cloud-based benthic data management (and analysis) solution.

Currently under contract for initial development until March 2024, the initial MVP is expected to be released by 31st March 2024. It is therefore intended that this contract will provide ongoing improvements including implementing tweaks to existing functionality and developing new functionality, as prioritised and agreed by the Marine Recorder Steering Group, comprised of the public and third sector organisations that hold tenancies within the application (henceforth 'custodians').

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About the buyer

Contact name

Sharon Joyce


Quay House, 2 East Station Road
Fletton Quays
United Kingdom