Tamar Bridge Technical Support Contract

Tamar Bridge Technical Support Contract

Detailed inspections are undertaken on a quarterly basis along with inspections to comply with the requirements of BD 63/07.

United Kingdom-Truro: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services

2015/S 182-329903

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Cornwall Council
Commercial Services, 3rd Floor, South Wing, New County Hall, Treyew Road
Contact point(s): UKK41 and UKK30
For the attention of: Mike Shillaber
TR1 3AY Truro
Telephone: +44 1872322716
E-mail: mshillaber@cornwall.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: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

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

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

Plymouth City Council
Civic Centre, Devon
PL1 2AA Plymouth

Section II: Object of the contract


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

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferries Technical Support Contract.

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

Service category No 12: Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape engineering services; related scientific and technical consulting services; technical testing and analysis services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Primarily adjacent to the A38 Tamar Bridge, Plymouth Devon and Saltash Cornwall. Also, at Torpoint Ferry terminals in Torpoint, Cornwall and Devonport, Plymouth.
NUTS code UKK41,UKK30

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

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

The Tamar Bridge forms a vital link across the Tamar estuary between the town of Saltash in Cornwall and the city of Plymouth in Devon.
The crossing is jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council who operate the toll bridge.
The Tamar Bridge is managed with the Tamar Ferries crossing at Torpoint by a committee of the Joint Councils.
Tolls are amended via toll revision orders and the increases in tolls are not linked to inflation.
The Tamar Bridge is a suspension bridge with a total length of 642 m with a main span of 335 m, the deck level being approximately 40 m above the River Tamar.
The bridge carries a daily average of 50 000 vehicles.
The bridge was opened in 1961 and at the time of opening was the longest suspension bridge in the UK.
The bridge was strengthened and widened between 1999 and 2002.
Detailed inspections are undertaken on a quarterly basis along with inspections to comply with the requirements of BD 63/07.
The Joint Councils seek to appoint a suitably and demonstrably experienced and accredited organisation to undertake annual structural bridge inspections, to undertake bespoke inspection activities as required, to advise on the occasional passage of abnormal loads and to provide design and other technical advice and supportĀ related to the ongoing maintenance of the Bridge, including the preparation of maintenance works contracts and assisting in the preparation of tender documentation, providing impartial evaluation of tendered bids and providing ongoing contract management support, as may be necessary, in relation to key maintenance andĀ repair contracts, as may be awarded to third party contractors.
There is also a requirement to undertake the role of Principal Designer, under the 2015 CDM regulations and to carry out inspections on the counterweight towers of the Torpoint Ferries, along with more general inspections of the Torpoint Ferries Civils infrastructure.
The intention is to let an initial four year contract, commencing from January, 2016, with an option for extending the contract by up to a further two years, in one year increments.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000, 71312000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes


This contract is divided into lots: no

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:

The indicative value range, over the maximum possible anticipated life of the contract of 6 years, is estimated to be between 500 000 GBP-1 500 000 GBP.
Whilst the details of potential expenditure are given in good faith, as a guide to assist Tenderers in submitting their Tenders, they are not an undertaking on behalf of the Joint Authority to purchase the Services to this or any other particular value and shall not create a binding obligation unless specifically stated within the Contract.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 500 000 and 1 500 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 1
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 72 (from the award of the contract)

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 72 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Parent Company Guarantees and/or Performance Bonds may be required, at the discretion of the Joint Authority.

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

As stated in the ITT.

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

Joint and Several Liability.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: NEC 3 Professional Services Contract.
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: As stated in the ITT.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Prospective tenderers are invited to demonstrate an average annual turnover for the last three financial years as being equal to or higher than 2 000 000 GBP (two million pounds).

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As stated in the ITT.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
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

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: no
IV.3)Administrative information

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


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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 83-147698 of 29.4.2015

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

Payable documents: no

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

2.11.2015 – 15:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up


IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 3.11.2015 – 9:00


Cornwall Council, Commercial Services Team, 3rd Floor, South Wing, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Authorised Officer, plus Independent Officer Witness, plus Member Portfolio Holder.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: 5 years.

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

Please note: The Main Invitation to Tender (ITT) Document, along with the associated Pricing Submission Document, and the Terms and Conditions Documentation are all freely downloadable via the Contracts Finder website.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
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:


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