Tender for Semi-Independent Accommodation and Support Services

Tender for Semi-Independent Accommodation and Support Services

Semi-independent accommodation, support services and practice flats for 16+ young people – comprising 8 lots.

United Kingdom-Hertford: Social work services

2019/S 103-249942

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Hertfordshire County Council for HCC
County Hall, Pegs Lane
Hertford
SG13 8DE
United Kingdom
E-mail: simon.hastings@hertfordshire.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKH23
Internet address(es):Main address: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk
I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: www.supplyhertfordshire.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: www.supplyhertfordshire.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

HCC05/19 — Framework Agreement for the Provision of Semi-Independent Accommodation, Support Services and Practice Flats for 16+ Young People

Reference number: HCC1911287

II.1.2)Main CPV code

85310000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Hertfordshire County Council (the ‘Council’) is currently out to procurement for the provision of a Framework Agreement for the provision of semi-independent accommodation, support services and practice flats for 16+ young people — comprising of 8 lots. Further information in regards to this opportunity can be found in II.2.4) Description of the procurement field (OJEU Contract Notice refers). Organisations wishing to take part in this project are invited to ‘express interest’ which will give access to the full procurement documents in the e-tendering system. Please see VI.3) Additional information for further information. Any questions relating to this procurement must be made via the correspondence area in the e-Tendering system, in accordance with the procurement documents and can be addressed to the main contact as shown in the details above.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 26 390 021.24 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Block Booked Beds within Multi-Occupancy Accommodation with Intensive Housing

Lot No: One

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85311300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Block booked beds within multi-occupancy accommodation with intensive housing management support on site, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week including 5 hours 1:1 additional support per person per week. Hertfordshire County Council (‘The Council’) wishes to establish a framework to provide semi-independent accommodation and support for 16 and 17 year old young people looked after, including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People (UASC). The aim of this service is to make a successful transition progressing young people towards independent living by providing high quality accommodation and support whilst facilitating their personal well-being, ensuring safety and equipping them with the skills required to sustain an independent tenancy long term, thus preventing repeated homelessness. The service aims to provide a settled period in a safe environment where the young people will receive an intensive housing management and support service which will help them gain the necessary skills to live independently. The service will support vulnerable young people whose lives may be chaotic and in need of high support and input from specialist teams e.g. drugs/alcohol/mental health. We have therefore included the public health outcome framework into our draft specification. The estimated total value of the Framework Agreement is 26 390 021 GBP and is for the core period inclusive of the approximate value for extensions. However, this is a maximum estimate, taking in to account additional 1:1 care above the core need. The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year. Please note that the requirements of the Framework Agreement will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. In addition, there will be no form of exclusivity or volume that is guaranteed under the resultant Framework Agreement and the Council will be entitled to enter into other Contracts and arrangements with other providers for the provision of any, or all, of the requirements which are the same as, or similar to those specified under the established Framework Agreement.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 5 162 142.48 GBP

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

Duration in months: 24
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:

The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year.

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

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Multi-Occupancy Accommodation with Intensive Housing Management Support on site

Lot No: TWO

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85311300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Multi-occupancy accommodation with intensive housing management support on site, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week including 5 hours 1:1 additional support per person per week Hertfordshire County Council (‘The Council’) wishes to establish a framework to provide semi-independent accommodation and support for 16 and 17 year old young people looked after, including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People (UASC). The aim of this service is to make a successful transition progressing young people towards independent living by providing high quality accommodation and support whilst facilitating their personal well-being, ensuring safety and equipping them with the skills required to sustain an independent tenancy long term, thus preventing repeated homelessness. The service aims to provide a settled period in a safe environment where the young people will receive an intensive housing management and support service which will help them gain the necessary skills to live independently. The service will support vulnerable young people whose lives may be chaotic and in need of high support and input from specialist teams e.g. drugs/alcohol/mental health. We have therefore included the public health outcome framework into our draft specification. The estimated total value of the Framework Agreement is 26 390 021 GBP and is for the core period inclusive of the approximate value for extensions. However, this is a maximum estimate, taking in to account additional 1:1 care above the core need. The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year. Please note that the requirements of the Framework Agreement will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. In addition, there will be no form of exclusivity or volume that is guaranteed under the resultant Framework Agreement and the Council will be entitled to enter into other Contracts and arrangements with other providers for the provision of any, or all, of the requirements which are the same as, or similar to those specified under the established Framework Agreement.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 4 875 357.30 GBP

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

Duration in months: 24
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:

The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year.

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

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Block Booked Beds within Multi-Occupancy Single Gender UASC Accommodation Located in Stevenage

Lot No: LOT 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85311300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Block booked beds within multi-occupancy single gender UASC accommodation located in Stevenage with intensive housing management support on site, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week including 5 hours 1:1 additional support per person per week Hertfordshire County Council (‘The Council’) wishes to establish a framework to provide semi-independent accommodation and support for 16 and 17 year old young people looked after, including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People (UASC). The aim of this service is to make a successful transition progressing young people towards independent living by providing high quality accommodation and support whilst facilitating their personal well-being, ensuring safety and equipping them with the skills required to sustain an independent tenancy long term, thus preventing repeated homelessness. The service aims to provide a settled period in a safe environment where the young people will receive an intensive housing management and support service which will help them gain the necessary skills to live independently. The service will support vulnerable young people whose lives may be chaotic and in need of high support and input from specialist teams e.g. drugs/alcohol/mental health. We have therefore included the public health outcome framework into our draft specification. The estimated total value of the Framework Agreement is 26 390 021 GBP and is for the core period inclusive of the approximate value for extensions. However, this is a maximum estimate, taking in to account additional 1:1 care above the core need. The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year. Please note that the requirements of the Framework Agreement will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. In addition, there will be no form of exclusivity or volume that is guaranteed under the resultant Framework Agreement and the Council will be entitled to enter into other contracts and arrangements with other providers for the provision of any, or all, of the requirements which are the same as, or similar to those specified under the established Framework Agreement.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 1 284 800.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 24
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:

The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year.

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

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Multi-Occupancy Single Gender UASC Accommodation with Intensive Housing Management

Lot No: FOUR

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85311300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Multi-occupancy single gender UASC accommodation with intensive housing management support on site, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week including 5 hours 1:1 additional support per person per week Hertfordshire County Council (‘The Council’) wishes to establish a framework to provide semi-independent accommodation and support for 16 and 17 year old young people looked after, including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People (UASC). The aim of this service is to make a successful transition progressing young people towards independent living by providing high quality accommodation and support whilst facilitating their personal well-being, ensuring safety and equipping them with the skills required to sustain an independent tenancy long term, thus preventing repeated homelessness. The service aims to provide a settled period in a safe environment where the young people will receive an intensive housing management and support service which will help them gain the necessary skills to live independently. The service will support vulnerable young people whose lives may be chaotic and in need of high support and input from specialist teams e.g. drugs/alcohol/mental health. We have therefore included the public health outcome framework into our draft specification. The estimated total value of the Framework Agreement is 26 390 021 GBP and is for the core period inclusive of the approximate value for extensions. However, this is a maximum estimate, taking in to account additional 1:1 care above the core need. The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year. Please note that the requirements of the Framework Agreement will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. In addition, there will be no form of exclusivity or volume that is guaranteed under the resultant Framework Agreement and the Council will be entitled to enter into other Contracts and arrangements with other providers for the provision of any, or all, of the requirements which are the same as, or similar to those specified under the established Framework Agreement.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 4 875 357.30 GBP

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

Duration in months: 24
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:

The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year.

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

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Practice Flats — Step Down Solo Accommodation with 12 Week Support Programme (Inclusive of 60 Hours Decreasing 1:1 Support)

Lot No: FIVE

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85311300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Practice Flats — step down solo accommodation with 12 week support programme (inclusive of 60 hours decreasing 1:1 support) Hertfordshire County Council (‘The Council’) wishes to establish a framework to provide semi-independent accommodation and support for 16 and 17 year old young people looked after, including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People (UASC). The aim of this service is to make a successful transition progressing young people towards independent living by providing high quality accommodation and support whilst facilitating their personal well-being, ensuring safety and equipping them with the skills required to sustain an independent tenancy long term, thus preventing repeated homelessness. The service aims to provide a settled period in a safe environment where the young people will receive an intensive housing management and support service which will help them gain the necessary skills to live independently. The service will support vulnerable young people whose lives may be chaotic and in need of high support and input from specialist teams e.g. drugs/alcohol/mental health. We have therefore included the public health outcome framework into our draft specification. The estimated total value of the Framework Agreement is 26 390 021 GBP and is for the core period inclusive of the approximate value for extensions. However, this is a maximum estimate, taking in to account additional 1:1 care above the core need. The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year. Please note that the requirements of the Framework Agreement will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. In addition, there will be no form of exclusivity or volume that is guaranteed under the resultant Framework Agreement and the Council will be entitled to enter into other contracts and arrangements with other providers for the provision of any, or all, of the requirements which are the same as, or similar to those specified under the established Framework Agreement.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 630 928.54 GBP

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

Duration in months: 24
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:

The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year.

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

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Solo Placement Accommodation (2 Beds) with Intensive 1:1 Support on Site, 24 Hours per Day

Lot No: SIX

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85311300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Solo placement accommodation (2 beds) with intensive 1:1 support on site, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for Young People with high needs/challenging behaviours e.g. gang involvement, CSE behaviours, mental health issues, etc. Hertfordshire County Council (‘The Council’) wishes to establish a framework to provide semi-independent accommodation and support for 16 and 17 year old young people looked after, including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People (UASC). The aim of this service is to make a successful transition progressing young people towards independent living by providing high quality accommodation and support whilst facilitating their personal well-being, ensuring safety and equipping them with the skills required to sustain an independent tenancy long term, thus preventing repeated homelessness. The service aims to provide a settled period in a safe environment where the young people will receive an intensive housing management and support service which will help them gain the necessary skills to live independently. The service will support vulnerable young people whose lives may be chaotic and in need of high support and input from specialist teams e.g. drugs/alcohol/mental health. We have therefore included the public health outcome framework into our draft specification. The estimated total value of the Framework Agreement is 26 390 021 GBP and is for the core period inclusive of the approximate value for extensions. However, this is a maximum estimate, taking in to account additional 1:1 care above the core need. The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year. Please note that the requirements of the Framework Agreement will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. In addition, there will be no form of exclusivity or volume that is guaranteed under the resultant Framework Agreement and the Council will be entitled to enter into other contracts and arrangements with other providers for the provision of any, or all, of the requirements which are the same as, or similar to those specified under the established Framework Agreement.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 7 341 714.16 GBP

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

Duration in months: 24
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:

The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year.

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

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Solo Placement Accommodation (2 Beds) with Intensive 2:1 Support on Site, 24 Hours per Day, 7 Days per Week

Lot No: SEVEN

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85311300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Solo placement accommodation (2 beds) with intensive 2:1 support on site, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for Young People with higher needs/challenging behaviours e.g. gang involvement, CSE behaviours, mental health issues, etc. Hertfordshire County Council (‘The Council’) wishes to establish a framework to provide semi-independent accommodation and support for 16 and 17 year old young people looked after, including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People (UASC). The aim of this service is to make a successful transition progressing Young People towards independent living by providing high quality accommodation and support whilst facilitating their personal well-being, ensuring safety and equipping them with the skills required to sustain an independent tenancy long term, thus preventing repeated homelessness. The service aims to provide a settled period in a safe environment where the young people will receive an intensive housing management and support service which will help them gain the necessary skills to live independently. The service will support vulnerable young people whose lives may be chaotic and in need of high support and input from specialist teams e.g. drugs/alcohol/mental health. We have therefore included the public health outcome framework into our draft specification. The estimated total value of the Framework Agreement is 26 390 021 GBP and is for the core period inclusive of the approximate value for extensions. However, this is a maximum estimate, taking in to account additional 1:1 care above the core need. The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year. Please note that the requirements of the Framework Agreement will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. In addition, there will be no form of exclusivity or volume that is guaranteed under the resultant Framework Agreement and the Council will be entitled to enter into other contracts and arrangements with other providers for the provision of any, or all, of the requirements which are the same as, or similar to those specified under the established Framework Agreement.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 2 064 857.17 GBP

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

Duration in months: 24
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:

The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year.

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

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

PACE Bed Accommodation: Retained Bed available 24 Hours per Day 7 Days per Week 365 Days per Year

Lot No: EIGHT

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85311300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH23
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

PACE bed accommodation: retained bed available 24 hours per day 7 days per week 365 days per year. Bed to become active on request of the Hertfordshire Constabulary to transfer under s38(6)PACE. Active bed to have waking member of staff at all times. Hertfordshire County Council (‘The Council’) wishes to establish a framework to provide semi-independent accommodation and support for 16 and 17 year old young people looked after, including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People (UASC). The aim of this service is to make a successful transition progressing young people towards independent living by providing high quality accommodation and support whilst facilitating their personal well-being, ensuring safety and equipping them with the skills required to sustain an independent tenancy long term, thus preventing repeated homelessness. The service aims to provide a settled period in a safe environment where the young people will receive an intensive housing management and support service which will help them gain the necessary skills to live independently. The service will support vulnerable young people whose lives may be chaotic and in need of high support and input from specialist teams e.g. drugs/alcohol/mental health. We have therefore included the public health outcome framework into our draft specification. The estimated total value of the Framework Agreement is 26 390 021 GBP and is for the core period inclusive of the approximate value for extensions. However, this is a maximum estimate, taking in to account additional 1:1 care above the core need. The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year. Please note that the requirements of the Framework Agreement will be subject to available financial resources, supplier performance and flexibility to meet changing demands. In addition, there will be no form of exclusivity or volume that is guaranteed under the resultant Framework Agreement and the Council will be entitled to enter into other contracts and arrangements with other providers for the provision of any, or all, of the requirements which are the same as, or similar to those specified under the established Framework Agreement.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 154 864.29 GBP

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

Duration in months: 24
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:

The Framework Agreement will be awarded for a core period of 2 years, with the option to extend this up to two (2) further years, year on year.

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

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:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.

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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

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
In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years:

The Framework Does Not exceed 4 Years Duration

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: 01/07/2019
Local time: 12:00
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:

English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 01/07/2019
Local time: 12:00
Place:

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

Please note Hertfordshire County Council has worked closely with its districts and partners to create a joint procurement portal called supply Hertfordshire. This portal provides an e-Tendering system which is run by In-Tend. To access this procurement opportunity please visit www.supplyhertfordshire.uk and follow the on-screen guidance available within the e-Tendering system. This is a 1 stage procurement process. Therefore, if you wish to be considered as a tenderer you must complete and submit a tender by the specified closing date and time. Tender submissions cannot be uploaded after this return deadline. If you are experiencing problems In-Tend offer a help section which includes a dedicated UK support desk which can be contacted via email: support@in-tend.com or Telephone: +44 1144070065 for any website/technical questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30-17:30. The Council reserves the right at any time to cease the procurement process and not award a Framework Agreement or to award only part of the opportunity described in this notice. If the Council takes up this right, then they will not be responsible for or pay the expenses or losses, which may be incurred by any organisation or tenderer as a result. The Council undertakes to hold confidential any information provided in the proposal submitted, subject to the Council’s obligations under the law including the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If the organisation considers that any of the information submitted in the proposal should not be disclosed because of its sensitivity then this should be stated with the reason for considering it sensitive. The Council will then endeavour to consult with the applicant about such sensitive information when considering any request received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 before replying to such a request. The Council reserves the right to carry out additional financial checks on all organisations bidding for this opportunity at any time during the procurement process. This is to ensure that they continue to meet the Council’s requirements and remain financially viable to fulfil the requirements under the Framework Agreement. The services advertised in this notice fall under the services listed in Annex XIV to Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Contracting Authority is not obliged to follow The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in full. The procurement process that will apply to the services is specified in the procurement documents accordingly.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

High Court, Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
London
WC2A 2LL
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20794760000

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

High Court, Royal Courts of Justice
The Strand
London
WC2A 2LL
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20794760000

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days (when using electronic means) standstill period at the point information on the award of the Framework Agreement is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the decision to award a Framework Agreement before a contract is executed/signed (as appropriate). The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (‘Regulations’) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly and within the time limits as defined in the above regulations. Where a Framework Agreement has not been entered into the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the Framework Agreement has been entered into the court has the options to award damages and/or to shorten or order the Framework Agreement ineffective.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

Chief Legal Officer
Hertfordshire County Council, County Hall
Hertford
SG13 8DE
Afghanistan

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

28/05/2019

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