Construction Projects Framework Staffordshire

Construction Projects Framework Staffordshire

5 Lots. Lot 1 – Traditional Construction Projects (Low Value). The works typically consist of smaller construction projects, including but not confined to; new buildings, extensions, internal and external refurbishment and alterations.

United Kingdom-Stafford: Building construction work

2015/S 197-355924

Contract notice

Works

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire Procurement, 2 Staffordshire Place
For the attention of: Paul J Timmins
ST16 2DH Stafford
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1785854646
E-mail: paul.timmins@staffordshire.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1785854660

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/business/procurement

Further information can be obtained from: Refer to section VI.3)
UNITED KINGDOM

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Refer to section VI.3)
UNITED KINGDOM

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Refer to section VI.3)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Tamworth Borough Council
B79 7BZ Tamworth
UNITED KINGDOM

High Peak Borough Council
SK17 6EL Buxton
UNITED KINGDOM

Salford City Council
M6 5BU Salford
UNITED KINGDOM

Stafford Borough Council
ST16 3AQ Stafford
UNITED KINGDOM

Cannock Chase District Council
WS11 1BG Cannock
UNITED KINGDOM

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust
ST5 1QG Newcastle-under-Lyme
UNITED KINGDOM

Education Funding Agency (EFA)
London
UNITED KINGDOM

Stoke-on-Trent City Council
ST4 1HH Stoke-on-Trent
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

The Construction Projects Framework (Agreement).

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

Works
Realisation, by whatever means of work, corresponding to the requirements specified by the contracting authorities
NUTS code UKG2,UKD2,UKF1,UKG1,UKG3,UKF2,UKG23,UKD3

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

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 28

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 80 000 000 and 350 000 000 GBP

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

This is a framework agreement arranged into 5 lots:
Lot 1 — Traditional Construction Projects (Low Value).
The works typically consist of smaller construction projects, including but not confined to; new buildings, extensions, internal and external refurbishment and alterations. The projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to; offices, light industrial units, police and fire authority premises.
Lot 2 — Traditional Construction Projects (Intermediate Value).
The works typically consist of larger construction projects including but not confined to new buildings, extensions, internal and external refurbishment and alterations. The projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to; offices, light industrial units, police and fire authority premises.
Lot 3 — Traditional Construction Projects (High Value).
The works typically consist of major and more complex construction projects including but not confined to new buildings, extensions, internal and external refurbishment and alterations. The projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to; offices, light industrial units, police and fire authority premises.
Lot 4 — Modular Construction Projects and Associated Services/Works (Low Value).
The works typically consist of smaller sectional prefabricated buildings, often designed by the contractor and comprise of multiple modules or standard sections which are manufactured remotely and then assembled and finished on site; including but not confined to new buildings and extensions, but may also include internal and external refurbishment and alterations. These ‘turnkey’ projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to police and fire authority premises.
Lot 5 — Modular Construction Projects and Associated Services/Works (Intermediate / High Value).
The works typically consist of larger / major and more complex sectional prefabricated buildings, often designed by the contractor and comprise of multiple modules or standard sections which are manufactured remotely and then assembled and finished on site; including but not confined to new buildings and extensions, but may also include internal and external refurbishment and alterations. These ‘turnkey’ projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to police and fire authority premises.
This is an electronic tender. All requests for information to be sent through the electronic tendering portal and messaging facility on the Proactis electronic tendering system. See section VI.3) of this notice for instructions on electronic tendering.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45210000, 45300000, 45400000, 71500000, 71242000, 79415200, 45100000, 45200000, 45213100, 45214000, 44211000, 45000000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)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: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

This is a framework agreement arranged into 5 lots.
Duration — from 1.6.2016 to 31.5.2019, with an additional option to extend up to 1 year to 31.5.2020 (3 + 1 configuration).
Lot 1 — Traditional Construction Projects (Low Value):
Approximate individual project value 0 GBP to 2 500 000 GBP.
The works typically consist of smaller construction projects, including but not confined to; new buildings, extensions, internal and external refurbishment and alterations. The projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to; offices, light industrial units, police and fire authority premises.
The County Council reserve the right to also place work on its Maintenance and Minor Works framework for works valued in Lot 1.
Lot 2 — Traditional Construction Projects (Intermediate Value):
Approximate individual project value 2 500 000 GBP to 9 000 000 GBP.
The works typically consist of larger construction projects including but not confined to new buildings, extensions, internal and external refurbishment and alterations. The projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to; offices, light industrial units, police and fire authority premises.
Lot 3 — Traditional Construction Projects (High Value):
Approximate individual project value above 9 000 000 GBP.
The works typically consist of major and more complex construction projects including but not confined to new buildings, extensions, internal and external refurbishment and alterations. The projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to; offices, light industrial units, police and fire authority premises.
Lot 4 — Modular Construction Projects and Associated Services/Works (Low Value):
Approximate individual project value 0 GBP to 1 500 000 GBP but typically 500 000 GBP to 750 000 GBP.
The works typically consist of smaller sectional prefabricated buildings, often designed by the contractor and comprise of multiple modules or standard sections which are manufactured remotely and then assembled and finished on site; including but not confined to new buildings and extensions, but may also include internal and external refurbishment and alterations. These ‘turnkey’ projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to police and fire authority premises.
Lot 5 — Modular Construction Projects and Associated Services/Works (Intermediate / High Value):
Approximate individual project value above 500 000 GBP but typically 1 500 000 GBP to 6 000 000 GBP.
The works typically consist of larger / major and more complex sectional prefabricated buildings, often designed by the contractor and comprise of multiple modules or standard sections which are manufactured remotely and then assembled and finished on site; including but not confined to new buildings and extensions, but may also include internal and external refurbishment and alterations. These ‘turnkey’ projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to police and fire authority premises.
The framework may also include, as a minimum, service installations, design services and associated infrastructure works.
This procurement is for a framework agreement between the appointed economic operator(s) and Staffordshire County Council, to supply predominately works (with some services awarded on an ad-hoc basis) on a call-off basis, as and when required.
The agreement value range of 150 000 000 to 350 000 000 GBP is over the total of 4 years for all lots inclusive. This is reflective of variations of budgetary provision and anticipated work from collaborative bodies. The lower end of the spend range is reflective of Staffordshire County Councils potential spend with the higher end incorporating other potential public sector partners both within and outside of the Staffordshire geographical border.
Staffordshire County Council or its public sector partners makes no guarantee as to the volume of business on offer or to be awarded, and any volumes given are indicative only and intended as a general guide. There is no commitment at the time of tendering from any parties outside of Staffordshire County Council and this should be taken into consideration when bidding.
All framework management, post tender, will be in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The call-off orders will be allocated by terms laid down in the framework; which may include a mini-competition. Please see the tender documentation for further details. Staffordshire County Council also reserve the right to operate a public tender outside of the framework where so required.
As part of the Governments National Procurement Strategy, collaborative working and supporting other Authorities now forms part of Staffordshire County Councils procurement remit. This agreement may be made available to other Contracting Authorities including without limitation Councils and Public Bodies within Staffordshire and neighbouring geographical areas as prescribed by the NUTS code in this notice. These will include Health and NHS Bodies, Local Authorities, Contracting Authorities, any other Government Department, Defence, Police and Emergency Services, Metropolitan/District Councils, Utilities, Educational Establishments and Utilities, including the Contracting Authorities named in this notice. These organisations will be afforded third party rights or be named as beneficiaries under the contract or contracts where appropriate. It is envisaged that these organisations will be able to purchase services from the Strategic Partnership and/or the supply chain under the terms and conditions of the relevant contract, to be the subject of dialogue, or that they may participate in relevant vehicles set up as a result of this procurement process.
Staffordshire County Council and partners envisaged GBP spend ranges over the 4 years:
— Lot 1 — 15 000 000 GBP to 50 000 000 GBP;
— Lot 2 — 20 000 000 GBP to 160 000 000 GBP;
— Lot 3 — 30 000 000 GBP to 60 000 000 GBP;
— Lot 4 — 5 000 000 GBP to 25 000 000 GBP;
— Lot 5 — 10 000 000 GBP to 55 000 000 GBP.
The individual lotted spend ranges are approximate and for guide use only. Staffordshire County Council do reserve the right to place a value of total works outside these ranges where required although it not expected to constitute a significant spend, and will still fall within the overall total framework spend range.
This is an electronic tender. All requests for information to be sent through the electronic tendering portal and messaging facility on the Proactis electronic tendering system. See section VI.3) of this notice for instructions on electronic tendering.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 80 000 000 and 350 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

Starting 1.6.2016. Completion 31.5.2019

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Traditional Construction Projects (Low Value)

1)Short description

The works typically consist of smaller construction projects, including but not confined to; new buildings, extensions, internal and external refurbishment and alterations. The projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to; offices, light industrial units, police and fire authority premises.
Staffordshire County Council reserve the right to also place work on its Maintenance and Minor Works framework for works valued in Lot 1.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45210000, 45300000, 45400000, 71500000, 71242000, 79415200, 45200000, 45213100, 45214000, 44211000, 45000000, 45100000

3)Quantity or scope

Approximate individual project value 0 GBP to 2.500 000 GBP. See II.2.1) of this Notice for more details.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 15 000 000 and 50 000 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Traditional Construction Projects (Intermediate Value)

1)Short description

The works typically consist of larger construction projects including but not confined to new buildings, extensions, internal and external refurbishment and alterations. The projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to; offices, light industrial units, police and fire authority premises.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45210000, 45300000, 45400000, 71500000, 71242000, 79415200, 45100000, 45200000, 45213100, 45214000, 44211000, 45000000

3)Quantity or scope

Approximate individual project value 2 500 000 GBP to 9 000 000 GBP. See II.2.1) of this Notice for more details.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 20 000 000 and 160 000 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 3 Lot title: Lot 3 — Traditional Construction Projects (High Value)

1)Short description

The works typically consist of major and more complex construction projects including but not confined to new buildings, extensions, internal and external refurbishment and alterations. The projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to; offices, light industrial units, police and fire authority premises.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45210000, 45300000, 45400000, 71500000, 71242000, 79415200, 45100000, 45200000, 45213100, 45214000, 44211000, 45000000

3)Quantity or scope

Approximate individual project value above 9 000 000 GBP.
See II.2.1) of this Notice for more details.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 30 000 000 and 60 000 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 4 Lot title: Lot 4 — Modular Construction Projects and Associated Services/Works (Low Value)

1)Short description

The works typically consist of smaller sectional prefabricated buildings, often designed by the contractor and comprise of multiple modules or standard sections which are manufactured remotely and then assembled and finished on site; including but not confined to new buildings and extensions, but may also include internal and external refurbishment and alterations. These ‘turnkey’ projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to police and fire authority premises.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45210000, 45300000, 45400000, 71500000, 71242000, 79415200, 45100000, 45200000, 45213100, 45214000, 44211000, 45000000

3)Quantity or scope

Approximate individual project value 0 GBP to 1 500 000 GBP. But typically 500 000 GBP to 750 000 GBP. See II.2.1) of this Notice for more details.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 000 000 and 25 000 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 5 Lot title: Lot 5 — Modular Construction Projects and Associated Services/Works (Intermediate / High Value)

1)Short description

The works typically consist of larger / major and more complex sectional prefabricated buildings, often designed by the contractor and comprise of multiple modules or standard sections which are manufactured remotely and then assembled and finished on site; including but not confined to new buildings and extensions, but may also include internal and external refurbishment and alterations. These ‘turnkey’ projects fundamentally consist of schools, with the occasional nursery facilities, sports facilities, respite and day care facilities but may also extend to other settings including but not confined to police and fire authority premises.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45210000, 45300000, 45400000, 71500000, 71242000, 79415200, 45100000, 45200000, 45213100, 45214000, 44211000, 45000000

3)Quantity or scope

Approximate individual project value above 500 000 GBP. But typically 1 500 000 GBP to 6 000 000 GBP. See II.2.1) of this Notice for more details.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 10 000 000 and 55 000 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

From time-to-time Staffordshire County Council may ask Providers for a bond or parent company guarantee to facilitate the construction project work.

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

Payments may be made following acceptance by the banking agents of Staffordshire County Council.

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

No special legal form is required by the grouping of providers but each provider will be required to become jointly or severally responsible for the contract before acceptance.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: To carry out a financial review, Staffordshire County Council require a selection of financial documents (audited accounts etc), together with those of its immediate parent company where applicable, for scrutiny and to carry out pre-determined financial tests as detailed in the tender documentation.
Note:
1. It is the responsibility of the Provider to ensure that the appropriate accounts have been filed and that the credit information held is correct.
2. Should Providers wish other financial information to be taken into account to support the economic and financial check this should be submitted with the response to the PQQ.
Staffordshire County Council reserves the right to request further financial information and to take this into account where necessary in addition to the level of risk stipulated by the financial assessors.
3. For sole traders/partnerships where 3rd party financial assessments are not available the assessment will be undertaken using a financial spread sheet detailing trading account data for the last 3 years.
Financial checks will be undertaken for Providers using one or more of Staffordshire County Council’s current financial assessors n2check (www.n2check.com), Dunn and Bradstreet (www.dnb.co.uk) Experian (www.experian.co.uk). Providers will be assessed according to the level of risk stipulated by the financial assessors used.Refer to the PQQ documentation for all details of financial evaluation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: (1) A Provider’s submission may be rejected if a Provider is given an above average/higher than average risk rating or poorer, by 1 or more of the assessors named above.
(2) The Provider should hold as a minimum the following insurance levels:
Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5:
— 5 000 000 GBP Public Liability Insurance is required in respect of each and every claim.
— 10 000 000 GBP Employers Liability Insurance is required in respect of each and every claim.
Additionally for Lot 1:
— 2 000 000 GBP Professional Indemnity Insurance is required in respect of each and every claim.
Additionally for Lot 2:
— 5 000 000 GBP Professional Indemnity Insurance is required in respect of each and every claim.
Additionally for Lot 3:
— 10 000 000 GBP Professional Indemnity Insurance is required in respect of each and every claim.
Additionally for Lot 4:
— 2 000 000 GBP Professional Indemnity Insurance is required in respect of each and every claim.
— Occasionally the County Council will require Suppliers to have £5 million Professional Indemnity Insurance is required in respect of each and every claim for the larger projects.
Additionally for Lot 5:
— 5 000 000 GBP Professional Indemnity Insurance is required in respect of each and every claim.
The above insurances are the main requirements. It is also expected that the supplier will have, where required, any additional insurance cover(s) which would be applicable to discharge the contract if necessary.
From time-to-time and dependent upon nature of the call-off, the County Council may require professional indemnity insurance to be revised.
The Provider must meet the minimum set standards of economic and financial standing to service the term and value of the agreement. Failure to achieve or agree the above may lead to disqualification. Some criteria above may be met by Provider ‘self-certification’.
Refer to the PQQ documentation for all details of financial evaluation.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) Providers to evidence membership of Constructionline or equivalent.
(2) Providers to evidence membership of CHAS or equivalent.
(3) Appropriate answers to the selection questions asked in the PQQ.
Refer to the PQQ documentation for all details of technical evaluation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
(1) Providers to employ sufficient levels of appropriately qualified resources as stated in the PQQ.
(3) Providers to satisfy the mandatory and discretionary exclusion criteria. Refer to Regulation 57 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and/or to the PQQ documentation.
(4) Providers to evidence membership of Constructionline or equivalent. Providers shall be rejected where this is not met.
(5) Providers to evidence membership of CHAS or equivalent. Providers shall be rejected where this is not met.
The Provider must meet the minimum set standards of technical capacity to service the term and value of the agreement. Failure to achieve or agree the above may lead to disqualification. Some criteria above are to be met by Provider ‘self-certification’.
Refer to the PQQ documentation for all details of technical evaluation.
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

Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 56
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: It is envisaged that the following number of Providers will be invited to tender following PQQ:
— Lot 1 — 12;
— Lot 2 — 12;
— Lot 3 — 8;
— Lot 4 — 12;
— Lot 5 — 12.
It is envisaged that the following number of Providers will be admitted to the framework:
— Lot 1 — 6;
— Lot 2 — 6;
— Lot 3 — 4;
— Lot 4 — 6;
— Lot 5 — 6.
Note that the numbers above may vary where more than one Provider holds joint scores during evaluation.
See PQQ / tender documentation for further details.
PQQ Selection Criteria:
— Mandatory / Discretionary Exclusion — Pass / Fail;
— Economic and Financial Standing — Pass / Fail;
— Pre-Qualification Accreditation Service — Pass / Fail;
— Health and Safety: CHAS or equivalent — Pass / Fail;
— Business and Professional Standing — Pass / Fail;
— Equal Opportunities — Pass / Fail;
— Health and Safety: Policy — Pass / Fail;
— Environmental Management — Pass / Fail;
— Quality Management — Pass / Fail;
— BIM — Pass / Fail;
— All Lots — Supply Chain (5 %);
— All Lots — Relationships (5 %);
— Each Lot — Resources (30 %);
— Each Lot — Capacity (20 %);
— Each Lot — Experience Case Study (40 %);
— Each Lot — Experience References — Pass / Fail.

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

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

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 authority:

PC573

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

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

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

4.11.2015 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 4.11.2015 – 12:01
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Limited to members of Staffordshire County Council.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: 3 years.

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

This is an electronic tender. All submission must be made via the formal Staffordshire County Council electronic tendering platform.
All requests for information to be sent through the electronic tendering portal and message facility on the Proactis electronic tendering system.

How to register — follow the link to Proactis electronic tendering (https://supplierlive.proactisp2p.com/Account/Login).

If you require urgent assistance regarding the initial usage of the eTendering package please contact the Contracting Authority point-of-contact in Section I.1) of this notice. On failure to reach this contact, please immediately email the nature of the difficulty to sp@staffordshire.gov.uk

For reference the following website outlines Staffordshire County Council policy on the Community Right to Challenge:

http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/business/procurement/Community-Right-to-Challenge/Community-Right-to-Challenge.aspx

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Staffordshire County Council
UNITED KINGDOM

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Staffordshire County Council
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period (or 15 days where non-electronic or fax methods are used) at the point that an award decision notice is communicated to tenderers.
The award decision process will specify the criteria for the award of the contract/framework agreement, the reasons for the decision, including the characteristics and relative advantages, the name and score of the successful tender; and will specify when the standstill period is expected to end or the date before which the Contracting Authority will not conclude the contract/framework agreement.
If an appeal regarding the award of a contract/framework agreement has not been successfully resolved, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). The Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or may order the Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages.
If an agreement has been entered into the Court may make a declaration of ineffectiveness or may order that the duration of any relevant specific contract be shortened and additionally may award damages.
The time limit for seeking such a declaration is generally 30 days from notification of the award (either by award decision notification or contract award notice depending upon the circumstances) or otherwise 6 months.

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Refer to named Contracting Authority in section I.1)
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

7.10.2015

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