Operation and Management of the UK Black Carbon Network 2017-2019

Operation and Management of the UK Black Carbon Network 2017-2019

To procure a service provider to manage and operate the UK Black Carbon Network, a network of air quality monitoring across the UK.

United Kingdom-London: Airborne particle monitoring

2016/S 204-368503

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Defra Network eTendering Portal
17 Nobel House
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2072385921
E-mail: Network.Procurement@defra.gsi.gov.uk
NUTS code: UK
I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.html
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.html
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Operation and Management of the UK Black Carbon Network 2017-2019.

Reference number: 23617

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Environment Agency (‘The Authority’) on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Devolved Administrations is seeking to procure a service provider to manage and operate the UK Black Carbon Network, a network of air quality monitoring across the UK. The purpose of the Black Carbon Monitoring Network contract is to manage and operate the monitoring of Black Carbon at fourteen sites.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 306 286.70 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: UK
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of the services to be provided includes, but is not limited to: —Management and operation of the monitoring sites —Provision/Co-ordination of Local Site Operators (LSOs) where applicable —Provision of consumables (tape) —Provision of equipment support and maintenance for all sites as detailed —Assisting with procurement of equipment as required —Collecting and storing data from all sites on the network —Provision of quality assurance for all data collated —Dissemination to Defra’s Data and Dissemination Unit — H&S Management — Ad hoc assistance.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Technical / Weighting: 65 %
Price – Weighting: 35 %

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 181 696.00 GBP

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

Start: 01/01/2017
End: 31/01/2019
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Optional period up to eighteen (18) months in monthly increments at the absolute discretion of the Contracting Authority. For avoidance of doubt, estimated value excluding VAT in sections II.1.5) and II.2.6) is estimate for the Contract period including 18-month optional extensions.

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

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

List and brief description of conditions:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.

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:

Contract performance as stated in the procurement documents.

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

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing 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
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: yes
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: 25/11/2016
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

Tender must be valid until: 15/03/2017

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 25/11/2016
Local time: 12:01

On-line using the Authority’s eTendering system.

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Procurement managed by authorised person from Authority’s Defra Group Commercial Staff.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

The Environment Agency
Horizon House, Deanery Road
United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

Royal Courts of Justice
United Kingdom

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Authority will act in accordance with the Public Contract Regulations 2015. The rules relating to appeal are complex and a dissatisfied candidate/tenderer is advised to take their own prompt legal advice.

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

Defra Group Commercial
4a Nobel House, 17 Smith Square
United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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