Site Condition Monitoring 2015-18 for Scottish Natural Heritage

Site Condition Monitoring 2015-18 for Scottish Natural Heritage

The purpose of SCM is to determine the condition of the designated natural feature within the site; whether the habitat, species or geological feature on a site is likely to maintain itself in the medium to longer term under the current site management regime and wider influences.

United Kingdom-Inverness: Environmental monitoring other than for construction

2014/S 246-434438

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Scottish Natural Heritage
Great Glen House, Leachkin Road
Contact point(s): Procurement Section
IV3 8NW Inverness
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1463725085
E-mail: contract.advertising@snh.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1463725067

Internet address(es):

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

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00383

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

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: Scottish Natural Heritage
Great Glen House, Leachkin Road
Contact point(s): Protected Places
For the attention of: Brian Eardley
IV3 8NW Inverness
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1463725304
E-mail: brian.eardley@snh.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1463725067
Internet address: http://www.snh.gov.uk

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: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

Framework Agreement for Site Condition Monitoring 2015-18.

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

Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Scotland.

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
Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 40

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 3

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

Estimated value excluding VAT: 480 000 GBP
Frequency and value of the contracts to be awarded: Will vary for both, depending on SCM programme cycle.

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

In Scotland, as elsewhere in the United Kingdom, sites are designated for their nature conservation features (habitats, species or geology) of special interest. For the purposes of this Framework, the site types covered are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), and Ramsar sites, all of which are designated on the basis of notified features of interest (known as natural features). As part of national and UK reporting, SNH undertakes a rolling six year programme of Site Condition Monitoring (SCM) to monitor the condition of these features.

The purpose of SCM is to determine the condition of the designated natural feature within the site; whether the habitat, species or geological feature on a site is likely to maintain itself in the medium to longer term under the current site management regime and wider influences. The monitoring guidelines upon which SCM is delivered is the JNCC Common Standards Monitoring Guidance (download from www.jncc.gov.uk/page-2199). This provides a common approach to the monitoring of natural features on designated sites across the whole of the United Kingdom.

Although there are separate chapters within the Guidance for different habitat and species types, the approach to monitoring each is broadly similar. For each natural feature, a set of ‘attributes’, or indicators of a healthy habitat, species population, or intact earth science feature, is provided. Against these attributes, site-specific targets are set, against which the condition of the feature can be judged and fieldwork undertaken to measure the natural feature on the ground. The work which will be let under this Framework will be concerned with the collection of SCM data against the site-specific targets for particular categories of natural feature to allow an assessment to be made of its condition.
Habitats:
— Lowland fens, marsh, raised bog and swamp,
— Rivers and streams,
— Standing open water,
— Upland habitats, including blanket bog,
— Woodlands.
Species:
— Breeding birds,
— Invertebrates,
— Non-vascular plants,
— Vascular plants.
Earth Science:
— Caves.

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=330349

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90711500, 71355000, 79311000

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

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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Work under the terms of the Framework Agreement will be awarded as and when required, either via a ‘mini competition’ or direct award (depending on the nature of the work and suppliers’ areas of expertise).
Estimated value excluding VAT: 480 000 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 1.4.2015. Completion 30.3.2018

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Habitats

1)Short description

Site condition monitoring of selected habitats on designated sites.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90711500, 71355000, 79311000

3)Quantity or scope

Survey data.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 210 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

This Lot will be further split into 5 sub-Lots, comprising: lowland fens; marsh; raised bog and swamp; rivers and streams; standing open water; upland habitats; woodlands.

Lot No: 2Lot title: Species

1)Short description

Site condition monitoring of species on designated sites.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90711500, 71355000, 79311000

3)Quantity or scope

Survey data.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 240 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

This Lot will be further split into 4 sub-Lots, comprising: breeding birds; invertebrates; non-vascular plants; vascular plants.

Lot No: 3Lot title: Earth Science (Caves)

1)Short description

Site condition monitoring of caves.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

90711500, 71355000, 79311000

3)Quantity or scope

Survey data.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 30 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
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:

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

SNH policy is generally to pay suppliers in arrears. Interim payments may be agreed, depending on the length and value of individual contracts awarded under the Framework.
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

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: (1) All candidates must comply with the requirements of the State in which they are established, regarding registration on the professional or trade register.
(2) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: All candidates will be required to provide evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Evidence of Public (and, where applicable, Employer’s) Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance cover is not required at this stage, but will be requested at Invitation to Tender stage.
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

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: yes

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: 40
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Most economically advantageous tenders (based on weighted criteria covering quality and cost).
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:

PP950
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
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

16.1.2015 – 13:00

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

23.1.2015

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

Interested parties must complete and submit the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire attached to this Notice to brian.eardley@snh.gov.uk by the stated deadline of 13:00 hours GMT on 16.1.2015. Please do not post of fax copies of your PQQ.

Suppliers short-listed to the next stage of the process will be invited to submit a competitive tender via the Public Contracts Scotland portal (www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk).

Please note that once the Framework is set up, there is no guarantee of any minimum level of work being awarded under the Framework.
(SC Ref: 330349).

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Scottish Natural Heritage
Great Glen House, Leachkin Road
IV3 8NW Inverness
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: contract.advertising@snh.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1463725083
Internet address: www.snh.gov.uk

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:

17.12.2014

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