ECO Funding Provider

ECO Funding Provider

Kent County Council, on behalf of the KMGDP will engage an ECO funding provider to help facilitate, but not be restricted to, the development of early pilot projects and provide an affordable warmth solution across Kent with the potential to include retrofit projects in other areas.

UK-Maidstone: Work environment services

2012/S 247-407541

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Kent County Council
Finance and Procurement, Sessions House, County Hall
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
UNITED KINGDOM

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.kent.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: Kent Business Portal
Internet address: www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Kent Business Portal
Internet address: www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Kent Business Portal
Internet address: www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk

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

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
ECO Funding Provider
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: South East England
NUTS code UKJ
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 a single operator
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Kent County Council is looking to place a Framework Agreement with a Single Funding Provider
Kent County Council, on behalf of the KMGDP will engage an ECO funding provider to help facilitate, but not be restricted to, the development of early pilot projects and provide an affordable warmth solution across Kent with the potential to include retrofit projects in other areas.
The KMGDP is determined to secure additional benefits from a core programme of retrofit activity: this is not simply about physical measures, but low carbon regeneration with retrofit at its core.
In addition to the engagement of an ECO funding provider through this tendering process, in the future the KMGDP will also look at the process for engaging a single Green Deal Provider or small panel of providers. This may be the same organisation as the ECO funding provider or may include them as well as other providers. Please note that this process relates to the engagement of an ECO funding provider only as the process for a Green Deal Provider is still in development with the KMGDP.
Once engaged, the ECO funding provider will work with the KMGDP to deliver pilot projects across the county over the next 12 to 18 months, with the potential for rapid expansion of the works over the first ECO period to March 2015. Initial pilot locations have been identified and have been targeted on the basis of a number of different key characteristics including eligibility for ECO funding (property type), strategic support, good community representation, and so forth.
Each pilot is approximately 200 dwellings in size and is located in communities of around 4,000 homes. The estimated cost of the identified pilots is around £11 to 12m, but with expansion to 5,000 homes within pilot areas and in wider cross-cutting projects over the initial ECO period has the potential to result in far greater project value.
Pilots identified to date are in the following locations:
Swanscombe
Northfleet / Singlewell
Medway – specific wards still to be determined
Sittingbourne / Sheppey
Ramsgate
Buckland / Tower Hamlets (Dover)
Aylesham
The ECO funding provider will also be expected to provide an Affordable Warmth (also called HHCRO: Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation) solution that is available for vulnerable groups across Kent and Medway. In addition the KMGDP would also wish to develop a cross-cutting ECO pilot that specifically targets rural areas.
The aim is to use the delivery of these pilots of around 200 homes per area as a catalyst to facilitate the roll out of a rapid expansion of the retrofit initiative into the wider communities over the first ECO period to March 2015, to an estimated 5,000 homes. We will work towards an average of three measures per household.
In parallel, KMGDP will be rolling out the retrofit approach into other areas across the County, as the information and data from the pilots begins to create a track record / evidence base and we can tailor the delivery such that it becomes more efficient and effective over time.
In return for funding, the KMGDP is uniquely placed to offer an ECO Funding Provider the following:
1.Access to an initial pilot of c.1,200 homes and the potential to upscale to 5,000 homes and more over the first ECO period to March 2015.
2.Support from all strategic organisations and authorities in Kent and Medway giving access to residents through contact with front line staff.
3.Access to registered housing providers and their housing stock beyond Kent and Medway, including Essex County Council.
4.Marketing and support to engage with the relevant communities.
5.Political support and strategic buy-in at the highest level.
6.Support in attracting match funding, if necessary.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

98342000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.8)Lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
The Framework will run for 4 years
The Framework will cover phase one as detailed above. This includes but is not limited to:
Measures in approximately 1200 homes as identified in the Pilots outlined in phase one (above)
Measures in around 5000 homes through expansion within pilot areas and in wider cross-cutting projects over the initial ECO
An Affordable Warmth (also called HHCRO: Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation) solution across Kent
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
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: Any supplier may be disqualified who:
(a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, where his affairs are being administered by the court, where he has entered into an arrangement with creditors, where he has suspended business activities or is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order compulsory winding up the administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations;
(c) has been convicted by a judgment which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contract authorities can demonstrate;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this Section or has not supplied such information;
(h) has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organization, as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA;
(i) has been the subject of a conviction for corruption, as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26 May 1972 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA3 respectively;
(j)has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities;
(k) has been the subject of a conviction for money laundering, as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
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:
SS12110
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
4.2.2013 – 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

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information
– Kent County Council (The contracting authority) is purchasing on behalf of the following contracting users, who will all have access to use this Framework should they require:
Local authorities
– Ashford Borough Council
– Canterbury City Council
– Dartford Borough Council
– Dover District Council
– Gravesham Borough Council
– Kent County Council
– Maidstone Borough Council
– Medway Council
– Sevenoaks District Council
– Shepway District Council
– Swale Borough Council
– Thanet District Council
– Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
– Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Registered Housing providers
– Moat
– Orbit South
– Places for People
– Riverside
– Russet Homes
– Sanctuary Housing
– Southern Housing Group
– The Hyde Group
– Town and Country Housing Group
– West Kent Housing Association
– Accent Peerless
– AmicusHorizon
– Downland Housing Association
– English Rural Housing Association
– Golding Homes
– Hexagon HA
– Keniston HA
– London & Quadrant Housing Trust
– MHS Homes
Other organisations
– Action with Communities in Rural Kent
– NHS Kent and Medway
– National Landlords Association
Essex
– Basildon Borough Council
– Brentwood Borough Council
– Braintree District Council
– Chelmsford City Council
– Colchester Borough Council
– Essex County Council
– Estuary Housing (Registered private provider)
– Harlow Council
– Greenfields Community Housing Ltd
– Maldon District Council
– Rochford District Council
– Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
– Tendring District Council
– Thurrock Council
– Utttlesford District Council
The KMGDP approach, is about creating low carbon communities and regeneration and minimising any negative environmental effects where possible that could arise from the activities of its members and suppliers.
The KMGDP expects the supplier(s) to support local economic development and minimise negative environmental impacts arising from the project, such as minimising transport mileage arising from the supply of equipment, minimising travel miles from the depot to the delivery area and maximising logistical planning, minimising commuter miles of staff.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

The Kent County Council

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
17.12.2012

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