Supply of Diving Services

Supply of Diving Services

CORMAC Solutions wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Contractor to provide diving services for highway bridge inspections.

United Kingdom-Wadebridge: Diving services

2016/S 002-001142

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

CORMAC Solutions Ltd
Strategic Procurement, Higher Trenant Road
PL27 6TW
Contact person: Gemma Parker
Telephone: +44 1872323313
NUTS code: UKK30Internet address(es):Main address:
I.2)Joint procurement


Access to the procurement documents is restricted. Further information can be obtained at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the following address:
CORMAC Solutions Ltd
Strategic Procurement, Higher Trenant Road
PL27 6TW
Contact person: Gemma Parker
Telephone: +44 1872323313
NUTS code: UKK30Internet address(es):Main address:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Diving, Confined Space and Remote Camera Inspections of Highway Bridges.

Reference number: CSL2015.05F

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

CORMAC Solutions wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Contractor to provide diving services for highway bridge inspections.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 320 000.00 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: UKK30
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Cornwall Council is the Highway Authority for the county’s road network with the exception of the trunk roads (A30 and A38) which are managed by the Highways Agency. Cornwall Council currently has in place a direct ‘passporting’ of appropriate works arrangement with CORMAC Solutions. CORMAC Solutions Limited was formed on 1.4.2012. It is an arms-length, wholly owned company of Cornwall Council responsible for delivering a wide range of services to the Council and residents of Cornwall. CORMAC Solutions will therefore act as the main body responsible for managing the inspection of highway bridges. In accordance with the Highways Act 1980, CORMAC Solutions is responsible for the inspection and maintenance of highway structures which mainly take the form of bridges, culverts and retaining walls. All highway bridges and culverts which are the responsibility of CORMAC Solutions receive a biennial general inspection. Approximately 20 % of these structures present problems of access so that a diving or remote camera inspection is required as part of the general inspection. CORMAC Solutions wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Contractor to provide the service for these inspections.

A variety of construction types will be encountered in the inspection programme, including pre-cast concrete and granite slab culverts, larger masonry arch structures and more modern reinforced concrete bridges. Structures covered by this Framework are grouped according to their total span.

The Tenderer is required to give a lump sum price for inspections of structures in each span range and a lump sum price for remote camera surveys.

From time to time, and in addition to the scheduled inspections, it may be necessary to engage the services of the Consultant for other inspection work. A schedule of hourly and mileage rates for this work is required and is to be included in the Framework.

The Framework Agreement will be awarded to the company submitting the most economically advantageous tender to CORMAC Solutions having regard to both quality and price.

The intention is to award the Framework for a 2-year period, with the option of a further 2-year extension.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality questions / Weighting: 25
Cost criterion – Name: Commercial / Weighting: 75

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 320 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Subject to any termination rights contained within the Contract, CORMAC Solutions proposes to enter into the Contract for a maximum period of 4 years with the successful Tenderer (‘Contractor‘). The initial award will be for 2 years, with an option to extend by a further 2 years. The anticipated Commencement Date is 1.4.2016.

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

The Framework will be subject to the core clauses and the clauses for main Option A, dispute resolution Option W2 and secondary Options X2, X9 and X11 of the NEC3 Professional Services Contract April 2013.

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:

In the case of diving inspections the inspection is to be carried out by a HSE registered diving team. Where the inspection involves entering a confined space the team is to be trained and have passed an assessment to a recognised national standard for confined space entry. The HSE Registered diving team must be a full member of the Association of Diving Contractors.

All inspections are to be carried out in the presence of a Chartered Civil Engineer. All inspection reports are to be checked and authorised for issue to the Employer by a Chartered Civil Engineer.

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:

The successful Tenderer will be expected to attend progress meetings at CORMAC Solution’s premises.

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

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
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: 10/02/2016
Local time: 15:00
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

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 11/02/2016
Local time: 09:00

Cormac Head Office, HIgher Trenant, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6TW.

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

The Authorised Officer from the contracting authority of CORMAC Solutions Ltd, together with at least one witness who is independent of the contracting authority.

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:

In evaluating the suitability of organisations it may be necessary to request additional information and for applicants to attend an interview and/or site visit. Organisations must be able to demonstrate through the Invitation to Tender document that they possess the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to undertake this service.

1. The contract(s) to be entered into shall be considered as contract(s) made under English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts;

2. CORMAC Solutions Ltd reserves the right not to enter into any agreement or award any contract as a result of this notice and to vary or change or not to proceed with this competition at any stage of the procurement process;

3. CORMAC Solutions Ltd shall not be responsible for any costs incurred by any organisation responding to this notice;

4. If any organisation considers that any information supplied by it to CORMAC Solutions Ltd is commercially sensitive or confidential in nature this should be highlighted and the reasons for (and duration of) its commercial sensitivity or confidentiality specified. Each organisation should be aware that even where it has been indicated that information is commercially sensitive or confidential; CORMAC Solutions Ltd may be required to disclose it pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Regulations 2004 in response to a request where such disclosure is considered to be in the public interest. Please note that receipt by CORMAC Solutions Ltd of any material marked “confidential” or equivalent shall not be taken to mean that CORMAC Solutions Ltd accepts any duty of confidence by virtue of that marking.

5. Organisations will be provided with detailed instructions concerning the information they must provide. This will be contained in the Invitation to Tender document. Consideration will only be given to those organisations which complete and return the ITT. The ITT can be obtained by submitting an expression of interest by email to

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Cornwall Council Legal Services
NCH Treyew Road, Cornwall
Telephone: +44 1872323313
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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