Technical Adviser for the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project

Technical Adviser for the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project

The Defra Technical Advisor will provide Defra (the lead Government department for the TTT) with expertise in major engineering and construction projects.

United Kingdom-London: Construction consultancy services

2015/S 227-413646

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

17 Nobel House
For the attention of: Johnson Angela
SW1P 3JR London
Telephone: +44 1904455198

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

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

National or federal agency/office

I.3)Main activity

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

Section II: Object of the contract


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

Contract for the Provision of a Defra Technical Adviser for the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project.

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

Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: United Kingdom.

NUTS code UK

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 Thames Tideway Tunnel (TTT) will tackle unacceptable sewage discharges into the tidal river Thames. It is a large and complex project, with a capital value exceeding 4 000 000 000 GBP. It will be delivered in the private sector by an Infrastructure Provider (IP), backed by a package of contingent Government financial support (referred to as the Government Support Package or GSP).
The Defra Technical Advisor (DTA) will provide Defra (the lead Government department for the TTT) with expertise in major engineering and construction projects. The DTA role will include analysing the quarterly information and data provided by the IP and the project’s Independent Technical Adviser to assess progress in construction of the TTT. The DTA will alert Defra to potential problems (including construction delays and issues that may cause potential claims under the GSP) and advise on steps that Defra should take better to understand and mitigate risks.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


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:

Full details are available within the Invitation to Tender document on the Authority’s e-tendering system.
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals

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

Duration in months: 36 (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:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
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
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: Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~:

1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once) — Browse to the eSourcing Portal: and click the link to register — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’ — Enter your correct business and user details — Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete — You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure) .

2. Express an Interest in the tender — Login to the portal with the username/password — Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) — Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. — Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. — This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) -You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box.
3. Responding to the tender — Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) — You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification — Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT — There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:

Evaluation information required from Tenderers will be stated in the Invitation to Tender (ITT) which is available only at are required in delivering the contract to comply with Defra’s policies, strategies and standards.

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

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
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

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: 14.12.2015 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

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

14.12.2015 – 12:00
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
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

The Contracting Authority intends to use an e-Tendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Nobel House, 17 Smith Square
SW1P 3JR London

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Royal Courts of Justice
WC2A 2LL London

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Defra 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.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

H M Courts

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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