Archaeological Services London

Archaeological Services London

Services for Employers Archaeological Services for the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project.

United Kingdom-Reading: Archaeological services

2015/S 067-121008

Contract notice – utilities

Services

Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Thames Water Utilities Limited
Procurement Support Centre — 3rd Floor East, C/O Mail Room, Rose Kiln Court
RG2 0BY Reading
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: procurement.support.centre@thameswater.co.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Main activity

Water

I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities

The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:

C468 Services for Employers Archaeological Services for the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 12: Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape engineering services; related scientific and technical consulting services; technical testing and analysis services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: London.

NUTS code UKI

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

The Services and Works are to take place in London, UK. Details of the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project are given in the PQP and further information can be viewed at the Project’s website: www.thamestidewaytunnel.co.uk

The Services will be more particularly described in the ITT but the scope for each work-site is anticipated to include:
i) produce a Site Specific Archaeological Written Schemes of Investigation (SSAWSIs) ii) produce various archaeological reports during on site watching briefs and excavations, iii) produce an overarching post excavation report, iv) prepare technical volumes, and v) prepare content for popular booklets.
The services are being tendered in Lots corresponding to geographical work-site areas. There shall be one Lot for each of the work-site areas to be referred to as; East, West and Central.
The estimated contract value for each Lot is as follows:
Lot 1 — East London 1 500 000 GBP;
Lot 2 — West London 1 000 000 GBP;
Lot 3 — Central London 1 500 000 GBP.
The division of the services into Lots is intended to encourage smaller organisations to tender; as respondees may express an interest in one or more of the Lots. However all respondees are to note that the Utility’s evaluation model shall not only evaluate individual tenders on a like-for-like basis but shall also evaluate the economic advantages (if any) of multiple contracts as compared to awarding all three Lots to one organisation. Further details are set out in the Pre-Qualification Pack.
TWUL therefore reserves the right to award one, two or three contract/s following the conclusion of this procurement process.
Interested organisations should refer to II.2 (Quantity or scope) and VI.3 (Additional information) and to the PQP for further information on the description of the Works and the Contract.
Yes in limited circumstances. Where an Applicant completes the Assessment Criteria and is shortlisted for all three Lots, that Applicant will be required to submit one combined tender for all three Lots and three separate and divisible tenders for each Lot individually. See PQP for further details.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71351914

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

II.1.8)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The Services are to take place in London, UK. Details of the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project are given in the Pre-Qualification Pack (“PQP”) and further information can be viewed at the project’s website: www.thamestidewaytunnel.co.uk

The Services will be more particularly described in the ITT but the scope for each worksite is anticipated to include:
i) produce a Site Specific Archaeological Written Schemes of Investigation (SSAWSIs) ii) produce various archaeological reports during on site watching briefs and excavations, iii) produce an overarching post excavation report, iv) prepare technical volumes, and v) prepare content for popular booklets.
The services are being tendered in Lots corresponding to geographical work-site areas. There shall be one Lot for each of the work-site areas to be referred to as; East, West and Central.
The estimated contract value for each Lot is as follows:
Lot 1 – East London 1 500 000 GBP;
Lot 2 – West London 1 000 000 GBP;
Lot 3 – Central London 1 500 000 GBP.
The division of the services into Lots is intended to encourage smaller organisations to tender; as Applicants may express an interest in one or more of the Lots. However all Applicants are to note that Thames Water’s evaluation model shall not only evaluate individual tenders on a like-for-like basis but shall also evaluate the economic advantages (if any) of multiple contracts as compared to awarding all three Lots to one organisation. Further details are set out in the Pre-Qualification Pack.
The Contracting Entity therefore reserves the right to award one, two or three contract/s following the conclusion of this procurement process.
Interested organisations should refer to II.2 (Quantity or scope) and VI.3 (Additional information) and to the PQP for further information on the description of the Services and the Contract.
Where an Applicant completes the Assessment Criteria [not defined in PQP] and is shortlisted for all three Lots, that Applicant will be required to submit one combined tender for all three Lots and three separate and divisible tenders for each Lot individually. See PQP for further details.
Applicants should note that the Thames Tideway Tunnel has been specified by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (“Defra”) as a “specified infrastructure project” pursuant to the SIP Regulations. The effect of this is that Thames Water must tender the finance, design, construction and operation of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. The successful bidder will be an “infrastructure provider” (“IP”) as defined in the SIP Regulations and will have be licenced and regulated by the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) pursuant to the SIP Regulations. Thames Water published an OJEU notice for the TTT on 14.6.2014 and the procurement is ongoing. Thames Water is carrying out certain preparatory work for the TTT as permitted by the preparatory work notice issued by Defra pursuant to the SIP Regulations. This includes the establishment of business capability for the IP so that it can operate as a standalone entity from the point at which the successful bidder is appointed and the procurement of key contracts for use by the IP, including the tunnelling contracts.
The Contract(s) that is the subject of this notice will be awarded by either Thames Water or by the IP and/ or a group company, subsidiary, parent company or affiliate of Thames Water and/ or a central government department or agency and/ or any statutory or non-statutory corporation incorporated for the purposes of the TTT or part(s) of it (the “Contracting Entity). Further details will be provided at ITT stage.

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
In the case of renewable contracts, estimated time-frame for subsequent calls for competition:
in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 1.10.2015 Completion 31.12.2023

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Lot 1 East London

1)Short description:

As described in section II.1.5) Short Description of the contract of purchase.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71351914

3)Quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 500 000 GBP

Lot No: 2Lot title: Lot 2 West London

1)Short description:

As described in section II.1.5) Short Description of the contract of purchase.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71351914

3)Quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 000 000 GBP

Lot No: 3Lot title: Lot 3 Central London

1)Short description:

As described in section II.1.5) Short Description of the contract of purchase.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71351914

3)Quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 500 000 GBP

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Contracting Entity reserves the right to require guarantees, collateral warranties and other forms of security as appropriate to be discussed at ITT stage. Further details and requirements will be provided in the ITT.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

The payment arrangements mechanism and performance standards applicable to the Services and Works will be described in the ITT.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

The Contracting Entity will accept expressions of interest and Tenders from single entities or consortia. The Contracting Entity does not require consortia to form a single legal entity at the PQQ stage. The Contracting Entity will consider contracting with a consortium, providing always that the participants assume joint and several liability for all of the obligations of the consortium under the Contract/s. Further details and requirements will be provided in the ITT.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions:

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Thames Water reserves the right to enter into the Contract/s itself; to enter into the Contract/s itself and thereafter novate the same to the IP or to nominate the IP, or a group company, subsidiary, parent company or affiliate of Thames Water and/ or a central government department or agency and/ or any statutory or non-statutory corporation incorporated for the purposes of the project or part(s) of it to enter into the Contract/s from the outset. Please see II.1.5 above.
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Interested organisations must express interest using the PQQ available from Thames Water. Instructions and further detail are set out in detail in the PQP. The PQP and PQQ reflect Regulations 23 to 29 of the UK Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Instructions and further detail in relation to the Contracting Entity’s Minimum Standards for economic and financial capacity are set out in detail in the PQP. The PQP and PQQ reflect Regulations 23 to 29 of the UK Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Instructions and further detail in relation to the Contracting Entity’s Minimum Standards for technical capacity are set out in detail in the PQP. The PQP and PQQ reflect Regulations 23 to 29 of the UK Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Negotiated
Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures): no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications or in the invitation to tender or to negotiate

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting entity:

C468

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

5.5.2015 – 12:00

IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information:

1. Applicants should note that words and expressions in this contract notice with an initial capital letter shall have the meanings given in the Glossary in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQP) that is available on request to all interested organisations.

2. Interested organisations may obtain the PQP by contacting Thames Water on procurement.support.centre@thameswater.co.uk. All additional information relating to information provided in this contract notice is available in the PQP.

3. All suitably experienced organisations who wish to respond to this OJEU contract notice to indicate their interest in the tender, must request the PQP and submit a completed PQP Application by the Submission Deadline for return of completed PQQ is 12:00 noon on 5.5.2015.
4. II.3) (Duration of the contract or time limit for completion) — the duration of the Contract/s, time limit for completion and procurement timetable are described in detail in the PQP. The Contracting Entity reserves the right to amend dates and deadlines and to update the procurement timetable. Applicants and Tenderers will be notified as appropriate. The duration of the Contract/s is described in the PQP although the Contracting Entity reserves the right to extend in the event of a delay to the DCO process or other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.
5. IV.2.1) (Award criteria) — The Contracting Entity intends to let the Contract/s to the most economically advantageous tender or tenders. Details of the Contracting Entity’s award criteria and methodology for identifying the most economically advantageous tender will be provided in detail in the ITT.
6. (IV.3.3 and IV.3.4) (Expressing an interest) — All interested organisations must complete and return a PQQ in the form made available by the Contracting Entity. The PQP and accompanying documentation are available on request from the Contracting Entity at the address given in section 1 above.
7. The Contracting Entity intends to invite to tender between 4-6 Applicants. Details are provided in the PQP.
8. II.1.9) (Information about variants) — The Contracting Entity reserves the right to invite and accept variants at the ITT stage provided a Tenderer has also submitted a compliant Tender. Further information and minimum requirements in relation to any variants and how variants will be evaluated will be set out in the ITT).
9. Any contract/s let will be under English law.
General.
10. Thames Water operates an on-going risk management approach with regard to the economic and financial capacity of its suppliers. Information will be obtained either from the supplier or an externally recognised provider. Information will be gathered upon commencement of the process and over the duration of the contract period.
11. Applicants should note that this process might require references to be provided and verified, attendances at meetings, talks and presentations at no cost to Thames Water.
12. A response to this contract notice does not guarantee that an Applicant will be invited to tender. The process for selecting Tenderer(s) to be invited to tender is set out in the PQP. The Contracting Entity reserves the right in its absolute discretion to abandon, terminate or suspend the award process at any time. Further:
— the Contracting Entity does not bind itself to enter into any contract(s) arising out of the procedures envisaged by this contract notice;
— no contractual rights express or implied arise out of this contract notice or the procedures envisaged by it;
— the Contracting Entity reserves the right to vary its requirements and the procedure relating to the conduct of the award process.
13. Any agreement resulting from this contract notice may be modified to include further similar requirements at any site under the management of Thames Water or its associated companies.
14. This contract notice does not preclude Thames Water or its associated companies from issuing other contract notices for specific requirements from time to time.
15. Thames Water (including its employees and advisors) does not make any representations, warranties or other commitments, whether express or implied, in relation to the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the information provided to applicants in this Contract Notice or otherwise in connection with this tender, except as may be specifically agreed in any contract concluded at the end of this tender process.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: In accordance with Regulations 33 and 33A of the UK Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended by the Utilities Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 and the Public Procurement (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011), the Contracting Entity will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period before awarding the Contract(s) from the point information on the award of the Contract(s) is communicated to Tenderers. Any request for further information by Tenderers pursuant to Regulation 33(9) must be made in writing to the address set out in section I.1 above. The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) provide remedies for economic operators who, in consequence of a breach of the Regulations, suffer, or risk suffering, loss or damage. Proceedings must be started in the High Court of England and Wales.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

1.4.2015

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