Scottish Ground Investigation Works 2014

Scottish Ground Investigation Works 2014

Multi-supplier framework agreement for the services of a number of experienced Ground Investigation Contractors to carry out works in connection with a number of Scottish transport infrastructure projects including the A9 and A96 Trunk Roads Dualling projects.

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Ground investigation work

2014/S 128-227949

Contract notice

Works

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Transport Scotland
Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road
Contact point(s): Major Transport Infrastructure Projects (MTRIPS)
For the attention of: Paul Mellon – Geotechnical Specialist Manager
G4 0HF Glasgow
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1412727463
E-mail: paul.mellon@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00099

Electronic access to information: www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: Transport Scotland
Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road
Contact point(s): Major Transport Infrastructure Projects (MTRIPS)
For the attention of: Paul Mellon – Geotechnical Specialist Manager
G4 0HF Glasgow
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1412727463
E-mail: paul.mellon@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk
Internet address: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Transport Scotland
Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road
Contact point(s): Major Transport Infrastructure Projects (MTRIPS)
For the attention of: Paul Mellon – Geotechnical Specialist Manager
G4 0HF Glasgow
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1412727463
E-mail: paul.mellon@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk
Internet address: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Transport Scotland
Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road
Contact point(s): MTRIPS: Procurement, Environment & Sustainability
For the attention of: Procurement Support Manager
G4 0HF Glasgow
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1412727278
E-mail: tendermailbox@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1412727272
Internet address: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office

I.3)Main activity

Other: Transport

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

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement for Scottish Ground Investigation Works – 2014.

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

Works
Execution
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Scotland.

NUTS code UKM

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: 10

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 48

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

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 25 000 000 and 42 000 000 GBP

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

Multi-supplier framework agreement for the services of a number of experienced Ground Investigation Contractors to carry out works in connection with a number of Scottish transport infrastructure projects including the A9 and A96 Trunk Roads Dualling projects.
The Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement will ensure the availability of a number of suitably experienced ground investigation providers, capable of executing such works in relation to Contracts of varying size, complexity and value. The ground investigation works required may include, but shall not be limited to, the supply and provision of: suitably qualified professional and technical staff; equipment; plant; facilities; materials; and ancillaries, for the carrying out of some or all of the following for, and in conjunction where required with, the Scottish Ministers or their technical or professional advisors:
— boring and drilling;
— trial pits;
— sampling;
— in-situ monitoring and testing;
— geophysical survey techniques;
— laboratory testing;
— factual reporting; and
— provision of digital data.
Further information on on the scope of works is included in the Pre-qualification Document, copies of which are available on request from the Scottish Ministers (see VI.3).

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site athttp://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=309558

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

4511125045120000451210004512200071351500

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:

Lot 1 – ground investigation works with the individual Contract value being less than or equal to GBP 750,000, and with a total cumulative value estimated to be in the range of GBP 300,000 to GBP 500,000 sterling per annum; Lot 2 – ground investigation works with the individual Contract value greater than GBP 750,000, and with a total cumulative value estimated to be in the range of GBP 6,000,000 to GBP 10,000,000 sterling per annum.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 25 000 000 and 42 000 000 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

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Lot 1 – GI Works with a value less than or equal to GBP 750,000.

1)Short description

Refer to short description of the contract (II.1.5).

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

4511125045120000451210004512200071351500

3)Quantity or scope

Ground investigation works with the individual Contract value being less than or equal to GBP 750,000, and with a total cumulative value estimated to be in the range of GBP 300,000 to GBP 500,000 sterling per annum. Typical Contract value ranges between GBP 125,000 and GBP 175,000.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Lot 2 – GI Works with a value greater than GBP 750,000.

1)Short description

Refer to short description of the contract (II.1.5).

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

4511125045120000451210004512200071351500

3)Quantity or scope

Lot 2 – ground investigation works with the individual Contract value greater than GBP 750,000, and with a total cumulative value estimated to be in the range of GBP 6,000,000 to GBP 10,000,000 sterling per annum. Typical Contract value ranges between GBP 1,500,000 and GBP 2,000,000.
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:

To be set out within the tender documents and the Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement for Geotechnical Investigation Works, which the successful tenderers will enter into with the Scottish Ministers. Economic operators will be required to accept any requirements to provide duty of care letters or parent company guarantees which are set out in the Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement for Ground Investigation Works and/or subsequent Contracts.

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

Details of the remuneration and payment terms shall be provided in the tender documents and the Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement for Ground Investigation Works.

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

If a successful economic operator is a consortium, the Scottish Ministers will require each consortium member to be jointly and severally liable pursuant to the Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement for Ground Investigation Works. The Scottish Ministers may require a consortium to form a legal entity before entering into the Framework Agreement.

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

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Economic Operators will be evaluated in accordance with the Public Contracts (Scotland) regulations 2012, on the basis of information provided in response to a pre-qualification questionnaire (‘PQQ’), copies of which are available on request from the Scottish Ministers (see VI.3).

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Economic Operators will be evaluated in accordance with the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012, on the basis of information provided in response to a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (‘PQQ’), copies of which are available on request from the Scottish Ministers(see VI.3).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Economic Operators shall be required to satisfy minimum standards of economic and financial standing. These are described in detail in the PQQ. The financial information received as part of each PQQ submission shall be evaluated and scored out of 40, for four different categories: financial structure; operating performance; investment; and financial position. A PQQ submission shall be marked as FAIL and shall not be considered further if the score is less than fifty percent in respect of any of the four evaluation categories.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Economic Operators will be evaluated in accordance with the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012, on the basis of information provided in response to a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (‘PQQ’), copies of which are available on request from the Scottish Ministers(see VI.3).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Economic operators shall be required to satisfy minimum standards of technical capacity or professional ability. These are described in detail in the PQQ and can be summarised as:
(a) demonstration of experience in providing specified ground investigation works within a specified value (the requirements are set out in full in the PQQ);
(b) demonstration of accreditation with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) or European equivalent (the requirements are set out in full in the PQQ);
(c) demonstration of use of quality, environmental and health and safety management systems (the requirements are set out in full in the PQQ);
(d) demonstration of experience in acting as the ‘Principal Contractor’ under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 or European equivalent (the requirements are set out in full in the PQQ); and
(e) in respect of the questions on demonstration of relevant experience in section 4.4 of the PQQ, Economic Operators are required to score fifty per cent or more of the available maximum weighted evaluation score for each question (the requirements are set out in full in the PQQ).
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

Restricted

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

Envisaged number of operators: 10
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The Scottish Ministers intend to invite sixteen Economic Operators to tender: 8 Economic Operators with respect to Lot 1; and 8 Economic Operators with respect to Lot 2. The eight Economic Operators who for their respective Lot have:
a) submitted a compliant PQQ Submission;
b) gained a PASS in respect of the evaluation of eligibility and minimum standards of technical or professional ability conducted pursuant to the Pre-qualification Questionnaire;
c) gained a PASS in respect of the financial evaluation conducted pursuant to the Pre-qualification Questionnaire;
d) scored 50 per cent or more of the available maximum weighted score for each question in Section 4.4 of the PQQ; and
e) achieved the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth highest combined weighted scores in respect of technical or professional ability calculated in accordance with the Pre-qualification Questionnaire;
will be selected as the Tenderers. If an Economic Operator has not submitted a compliant PQQ Submission as described in (a) above, failed in respect of either (b) or (c) above or has not scored 50 percent or more of the available maximum weighted score for each question in Section 4.4 of the PQQ, as described in (d) above, then that Economic Operator shall be excluded from the ranking of scores described in (e) above.
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:

TS/MTRIPS/WKS/2014/03
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

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

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 6.8.2014

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

6.8.2014 – 12:00

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

1.9.2014

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

1. Transport Scotland will conduct the proposed procurement process for the Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement for Geotechnical Investigation Works on behalf of the Scottish Ministers. In the event of conclusion of the framework agreement, the Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement for Geotechnical Investigation Works will be entered into between the Scottish Ministers and the Successful Tenderers.

2. To receive the Prospectus and PQQ (“Prequalification Document”) expressions of interest require to be made by interested parties, either through the Public Contracts Scotland webite or by submitting an e-mail to TenderMailbox@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk.

3. Completed PQQs should be delivered to Transport Scotland (address identified in Annex A.III) by no later than 12:00 hrs BST on 6.8.2014.
4. The Scottish Ministers shall not evaluate any pre-qualification submissions received past the specified deadline, unless the delay is caused by a situation out with the control of the Economic Operator, the determination of which shall be at the sole discretion of the Scottish Ministers. Compliance with achieving the specified deadline is the sole responsibility of the Economic Operator (including obtaining evidence of receipt by Transport Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Ministers).
5. Economic Operators which alter their composition after making a pre-qualification submission will be the subject of re-evaluation.
6. The Scottish Ministers reserve the right not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process initiated by this notice and to make whatever changes the Scottish Ministers deem appropriate to the content, process, timing and structure of the procurement process.
6. Transport Scotland and the Scottish Ministers shall have no liability for any costs howsoever incurred by those participating in the pre-qualification procedure and if an Economic Operator is selected to submit a tender the Scottish Ministers shall have no liability for any costs howsoever incurred by those participating in the tender process.
7. Economic Operators should be aware that all information submitted to the Scottish Ministers may need to be disclosed and / or published by the Scottish Ministers in compliance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and/or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
8. The date referred to for the dispatch of invitations to tender in paragraph IV.3.5 of this notice is provisional.
(SC Ref:309558)

The Contractor shall ensure that all contracts with Subcontractors and Suppliers which the Contractor intends to procure following the Commencement Date, and which the Contractor has not, before the date of this Contract, already planned to award to a particular Subcontractor or Supplier, are advertised through the Public Contracts Scotland procurement portal (www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk) and awarded following a fair, open, transparent and competitive process proportionate to the nature and value of the contract.

Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver Community Benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The Community Benefits included in this contract are:
Each Contractor will be required to embrace the concept of community benefits and work with Transport Scotland to deliver training and employment opportunities which flow from the Task Orders, called-off under the Framework Agreement.
These will include, but not be limited to targeted training and employment opportunities such as:
(i) Attainment by employees of appropriate Construction Skills Certification Scheme card;
(ii) Attainment by employees of British Drilling Association, or equivalent, ‘Audited’ Status;
(iii) The use of Land Drilling Apprenticeship Scheme to take an employee, who is beginning their drilling career, through to the award of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Land Drilling, level 2, as a Lead Driller; and
(iv) Continuing Professional Development – progression from NVQ 2 to NVQ 3.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: An Economic Operator that suffers, or risks suffering, loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session. Information in relation to the lodging of appeals is contained in the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

3.7.2014

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