Asbestos Surveying and Testing Across the North West

Asbestos Surveying and Testing Across the North West

First Ark is seeking bids from appropriately skilled and experienced contractors to provide asbestos surveying and testing services.

United Kingdom-Prescot: Technical inspection and testing services

2016/S 090-159958

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

First Ark Group
Lakeview, Kings Business Park
L34 1PJ
Contact person: Claire Gamble
NUTS code: UKD5

Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Housing and community amenities

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Asbestos Surveying and Testing.

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The First Ark Group consists of 5 companies that work together with the over-riding purpose of making a real positive difference to our communities and to people’s lives. First Ark is seeking bids from appropriately skilled and experienced contractors to provide asbestos surveying and testing services across multiple First Ark sites in the North West, primarily Knowsley. Services initially required under the framework are expected to include the provision of sampling and testing for asbestos across a variety of property types in the North West and surrounding areas as appropriate to meet the operational needs of the Group (both present and future). Surveys will be in accordance with HSG264 guidance with the additional requirement that all textured coatings are sampled and tested irrespective of pattern. Full specification requirements can be found in the supporting information section of the tender. The outcome of the tender process will be a 4 year framework agreement.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 880 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKD

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Services initially required under the framework are expected to include the provision of surveying and testing for asbestos. This procurement exercise is being led by the First Ark Group for itself and on behalf of the other members of the First Ark Group. The framework will also be available to other contracting authorities including Registered Providers of Social Housing within England and Wales (as defined by the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008), Registered Social Landlords within Scotland (as defined by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010) and local authorities across the UK).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 880 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

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

II.2.14)Additional information

Submissions are to be submitted through the Cirrus Purchasing eTender system only.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

As per Invitation to Tender document.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 6
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 09/06/2016
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 09/06/2016
Local time: 12:01
Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

First Ark staff members and their authorised agents.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:


VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Royal Courts of Justice
The Strand
Telephone: +44 2079476000
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

This tender process will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award is communicated to tenderers. Appeals can be directly raised via the contact points detailed in Section VI.4.1) of this contract notice. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 #102 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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