Natural England Marine Monitoring Framework

Natural England Marine Monitoring Framework

This Notice is being issued to highlight the Invitation to Tender for the five lot, multi-supplier marine monitoring framework.

United Kingdom-York: Marine services

2016/S 026-042177

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Natural England
4th Floor, Foss House, Kings Pool, 1-2 Peasholme Green
For the attention of: Medd Julia
YO1 7PX York
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2080266303
E-mail: network.procurement@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england

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

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and 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)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office

I.3)Main activity

Environment

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

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

Natural England
4th Floor, Foss House, Kings Pool, 1-2 Peasholme Green
YO1 7PX York
UNITED KINGDOM

Defra
17 Smith Square
SW1P 3JR London
UNITED KINGDOM

Environment Agency
Ergon House, Horseferry Rd
SW1P 2EX London
UNITED KINGDOM

CEFAS
Pakefield Road
NR33 0HT Lowestoft
UNITED KINGDOM

Marine Management Organisation
Lancaster House, Hampshire Court
NE4 7YH Newcastle upon Tyne
UNITED KINGDOM

Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Monkstone House, City Road
PE1 1JY Peterborough
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

Natural England Marine Monitoring Framework.

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: United Kingdom.

NUTS code UK

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

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: 1 750 000 GBP

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

Natural England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Food and Rural Affairs. Natural England’s role is to provide advice and an evidence base to government and regulators to improve decision making in the marine environment and deliver environmental objectives. This Notice is being issued to highlight the Invitation to Tender for the five lot, multi-supplier marine monitoring framework. This framework will improve the evidence base through data collection and analysis to guide and inform effective and practical marine conservation. The Authority has discretion to award by Direct Award or Mini-Competition. Differing survey methods have been broken down into separate lots, with a framework being placed to deliver each lot covering the following areas:
Northern North Sea;
Southern North Sea;
Eastern Channel;
Southern;
South west;
Irish Sea;
Natural England is establishing this framework for the provision of services to NE and;
— Defra;
— Environment Agency;
— Cefas;
— MMO;
— JNCC.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

98360000, 98363000, 90720000, 79961000, 90700000, 72316000, 71354100, 71354500, 90714100, 34513550, 98361000

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 all 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:
II.2.2)Information about options
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)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Intertidal Rock and Sediment

1)Short description

The role of this Lot is to acquire high quality remotely sensed and/or ground truthing survey data of suitable resolution to provide a sound evidence base to contribute to long term monitoring, and Natural England led condition assessments.
For each feature/sub feature the ecological attributes for which survey data is required will be made clear during the mini-competition process. Natural England will consider what attributes are relevant, these will be guided by the most up to date site conservation advice packages as well as Common Standards Monitoring (CSM).
Below are some examples of reef feature monitoring attributes for which data could be provided;
— Extent of features and sub features;
— Distribution and spatial pattern of notable communities;
— Presence of representative/ notable biotopes;
— Species composition of representative or notable biotopes;
— Presence and/or abundance of specified species.
These attributes are not exhaustive and the wording of these may alter through the revision of conservation advice packages.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90700000

3)Quantity or scope

Estimated value excluding VAT: 952 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Lagoon Survey and Reporting

1)Short description

The role of this Lot is to acquire survey data to provide a sound evidence base to contribute to long term monitoring and Natural England-led condition assessment of Annex 1 habitats, taking account of current and potential future pressures affecting these sites.
This Lot comprises in-situ sampling but sample in fauna and particle size analysis will be undertaken by a third party contractor under a separate Natural England/Environment Agency Framework.
The work may be located within and/or outside designated sites, and the geographical scope of work undertaken within this Lot will be:
— Within England;
— Within cross border Marine Protected Areas between England and Wales, and England and Scotland, if conducted on behalf of Natural England.
Contractors under this Lot may also be required by Natural England to work collaboratively with contractors working under other Lots (particularly Lot 1) and/or partners of Natural England.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90700000

3)Quantity or scope

Estimated value excluding VAT: 80 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Lot No: 3 Lot title: Interpretation of remote sensing and ground truthing data

1)Short description

The role of this Lot is to collate available remotely sensed (primarily, but not limited to, sidescan and multibeam bathymetry and backscatter) and ground truthing survey data and to interpret these data to provide high quality data products which will form a sound evidence base to contribute to long term monitoring, and Natural England led condition assessments.
For each feature/sub feature the ecological attributes for which survey data is required will be made clear during the mini-competition process. Natural England will consider what attributes are relevant, these will be guided by the most up to date site conservation advice packages as well as Common Standards Monitoring (CSM).
Below are some examples of monitoring attributes for which data could be provided;
— Extent and distribution of features and sub-features;
— Distribution and spatial pattern of notable communities;
— Presence of representative/ notable communities / biotope;
— Presence and/or abundance of specified species.
These attributes are not exhaustive and the wording of these may alter through the revision of conservation advice packages.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

48326100

3)Quantity or scope

Estimated value excluding VAT: 112 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Lot No: 4 Lot title: Drop down and towed video/photographic survey

1)Short description

The role of this Lot is to acquire high quality remotely sensed and/or ground truthing survey data of suitable resolution to provide a sound evidence base to contribute to long term monitoring, and Natural England led condition assessments.
For each feature/sub-feature the ecological attributes for which survey data is required will be made clear during the mini-competition process. Natural England will consider what attributes are relevant, these will be guided by the most up to date site conservation advice packages as well as Common Standards Monitoring (CSM).
Below are some examples of reef feature monitoring attributes for which data could be provided;
— Extent of features and sub-features;
— Distribution and spatial pattern of notable communities;
— Presence of representative/ notable biotopes;
— Species composition of representative or notable biotopes;
— Presence and/or abundance of specified species.
These attributes are not exhaustive and the wording of these may alter through the revision of conservation advice packages.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71355000

3)Quantity or scope

Estimated value excluding VAT: 176 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Lot No: 5 Lot title: Diving

1)Short description

The role of this Lot is to acquire high quality dive survey data of suitable resolution to provide a sound evidence base to contribute to long term monitoring, and Natural England led condition assessments.
For each feature/sub feature the ecological attributes for which survey data is required will be made clear during the mini-competition process. Natural England will consider what attributes are relevant, these will be guided by the most up to date site conservation advice packages as well as Common Standards Monitoring (CSM).
Below are some examples of reef feature monitoring attributes for which data could be provided;
— Extent of features and sub-features
— Distribution and spatial pattern of notable communities;
— Presence of representative/ notable biotopes;
— Species composition of representative or notable biotopes;
— Presence and/or abundance of specified species.
These attributes are not exhaustive and the wording of these may alter through the revision of conservation advice packages.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

98363000

3)Quantity or scope

Estimated value excluding VAT: 436 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

DEFRA reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees, bonds and/or other forms of appropriate security.

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

Please see Invitation to Tender.

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

Please see Invitation to Tender 3.47 Consortia.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The Authority’s terms and conditions are attached to the Invitation to Tender.
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: Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once). — Browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register. — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’. — Enter your correct business and user details. — Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete. — You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure). 2. Express an Interest in the tender. — Login to the portal with the username/password. — Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link (these are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier). — Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. — Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. — This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page (this is a secure area reserved for your projects only). – You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box. 3. Responding to the tender. — Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining). — You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification. — Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT. — There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please see Invitation to Tender.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As stated on Invitation to Tender. Tenderers are required in delivering the contract to comply with the Authority’s policies, strategies, and standards.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
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: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: An e-auction will not be used for establishing the framework, but may be used by contracting authorities in calling off contracts under the framework.
IV.3)Administrative information

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

22399

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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 236-428345 of 5.12.2015

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

29.2.2016 – 12:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

26.2.2016

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

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

VI.3)Additional information

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once). — Browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register. — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’. — Enter your correct business and user details. — Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete. — You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure). 2. Express an Interest in the tender. — Login to the portal with the username/password. — Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link (these are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier). — Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. — Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. — This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page (this is a secure area reserved for your projects only). – You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box. 3. Responding to the tender. — Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining). — You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification. — Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT — There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Royal Courts of Justice
The Strand
WC2A 2LL London
UNITED KINGDOM

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:

4.2.2016

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