Transport Consultancy Services for Department for Transport

Transport Consultancy Services for Department for Transport

Provision of Transport Related Specialist Technical Advice for Rail (STAR) Framework.

United Kingdom-London: Transport systems consultancy services

2014/S 246-434413

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department for Transport
Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road
Contact point(s): Department for Transport; STAR Framework Administrator
SW1P 4DR London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: star-framework@railexecutive.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport

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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity

Other: transport

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:

Provision of Transport Related Specialist Technical Advice for Rail (STAR) Framework.

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

Services
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: UK.

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
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 66

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

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

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 40 000 000 and 80 000 000 GBP

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

The DfT’s Rail Executive seek to procure the very best expertise available within the market place to offer specialist railway technical and commercial advisory services that support the DfT’s rail contracting, major rail projects and other rail-related activities. The DfT’s significant programme of rail franchises, projects, schemes and major works all require general and specialist technical and commercial consultancy and advisory support.
The DfT recognises that it cannot internally satisfy its future demand for suitably experienced rail specialists and professionally qualified experts and as a result is seeking to procure these externally through the Specialist Technical Advice for Rail (STAR) Framework.
The STAR Framework will support the delivery of DfT’s aims enabling access to technical and commercial resources with specialist experience and professional expertise. The framework will be structured to reflect the full range of advisory and specialist rail requirements that will be called upon from time to time by DfT. A key objective of the framework will be to develop depth and breadth in capability within our supply chain and in order to support that, we have designed the framework to attract a variety of differing sized organisations, including small and medium enterprises. The DfT is committed to not only meeting, but improving upon Cabinet Office SME targets. Applicants should note that this objective is a core requirement that will be tested throughout the procurement competition and applied in future STAR Framework post-award competitions. The framework will be awarded for an initial term of 2 years with the option to extend for a further 2 years in 12 month increments.
In the interests of efficient public procurement, associated bodies of the Authority, may wish to procure Work Packages to be undertaken for the Services covered by this Framework. In that event, Package Orders would be placed by those bodies and they would have the rights and the obligations assigned to them in the Framework, including full responsibility for any Package Orders raised by them, and payment. Use of the Framework by the Employer’s agencies will be managed by the Authority. Any such usage of this Framework will be by agreement between the parties, including the Authority. Any management returns or other information from the Contractor must report on the extent of usage by all parties other than the Employer.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71311200, 71311230, 71311300, 71313000, 72224000, 79411000, 79418000, 79419000

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

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

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one lot only

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:

Specialist Technical Advice for Rail (STAR) Framework.
The framework will be split into several categories of service based on the following:
Category A Rail Strategy, Transport Integration and Planning Advice.
Category B Rail Operations and Performance Advice.
Category C Economic and Revenue Forecasting for a Sustainable Railway Advice.
Category D Railway Infrastructure, Rolling Stock and Asset Advice.
Category D Project and Programme Management Advice.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 40 000 000 and 80 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes

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

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Provision of Transport Related Specialist Technical Advice for Rail (STAR) Framework.

1)Short description

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71311200, 71311230, 71311300, 71313000, 72224000, 79411000, 79418000, 79419000

3)Quantity or scope

Category A — Rail Strategy, Transport Integration and Planning Advice — Providing technical and commercial support to Rail Executive for a range of macro-level strategic activities such as future forecasts and plans, the analysis of optimal solutions for the development of long term rail investment proposals, option analysis and the construction of project and programme business cases.
Typical requirements identified by Rail Executive clients include but are not limited to:
— General Rail Strategy, Transport Integration and Planning Advice,
— Strategic corporate planning and appraisal,
— Business case support,
— Control period advice and analysis,
— Strategic planning and research,
— Transport systems integration,
— High level Rail Investment Strategy (RIS) support,
— Technical assurance,
— Strategic technical commercial advice,
— Macro-level revenue forecasting,
— Package-specific bid evaluation support,
— Remapping and Devolution studies,
Category B — Rail Operations and Performance Advice.
Providing technical and commercial support to Rail Executive across a full range of operational specialisms to ensure that strategic objectives of schemes and programmes, including rail franchises and direct awards are articulated effectively and attract bidder responses that optimally meet them.
Typical requirements identified by Rail Executive clients include but are not limited to:
— General Rail Operations and Performance Advice,
— Operational proposal package,
— Operational management,
— Timetabling, diagramming, rostering,
— Staffing policy/strategy,
— Industrial relations/Trade Unions/TUPE/pensions,
— Network Rail operational interfaces,
— Environment and sustainability,
— Franchise integration,
— Management and business structure,
— Operational mobilisation,
— Operational safety,
— Operational cost modelling,
— Modal integration, interfaces and connectivity,
— Passenger communication,
— Passenger connectivity,
— Service quality/customer service,
— Passenger flow monitoring,
— Station design layout, logistics, passenger and pedestrian movement and facilities,
— Operations commercial advice,
— Package-specific bid evaluation support.
Category C — Economic and Revenue Forecasting for a Sustainable Railway.
Providing technical and commercial support to Rail Executive for a range of short to medium term activities specifically in relation to forecasting and meeting demand, fares calibration and the development of bidding strategies and analysis.
Typical requirements identified by Rail Executive clients include but are not limited to:
— General Economic and Revenue Forecasting for a Sustainable Railway
— Technical risk adjustment
— Macro-economic advice
— Market reviews production
— Benefits realisation support
— Rail transport commercial advice
— Commercial risk analysis/profiling
— Fare reviews and policy
— Ticketless travel
— Ticket retailing
— Revenue protection
— Marketing and branding
— Modelling — revenue, fares and demand
— Revenue commercial advice
— Revenue forecasting
— Package-specific bid evaluation support
— Comparator modelling and associated business case support
Category D — Railway Infrastructure, Rolling Stock and Assets Advice Providing Rail Executive with technical and commercial support and advice across the full spectrum of railway assets ranging from infrastructure to rolling stock. Services will include a wide range of technical and commercial advice throughout the asset life-cycle such as strategic level planning and option analysis, whole life cost reviews, value engineering and management, assurance, technical specification, category management, procurement of assets and asset interface risk assessment.
Typical requirements identified by Rail Executive clients include but are not limited to:
— General Railway Infrastructure, Rolling Stock and Assets Advice
— Railway asset management
— Stations — including access, property, parking, mobility and security
— Depots and stabling – strategy and advice
— Signalling and systems – strategy and advice
— Rolling stock — strategy and advice
— Rolling stock — management, acceptance, planning
— Rolling stock – leasing
— On train facilities and services
— Technical due diligence
— Rail engineering, feasibility and operating advice
— Power/electrification — strategy and advice
— Telecommunications / CIS – strategy and advice
— Railway infrastructure and assets commercial advice
— Package-specific bid evaluation support
Category E — Project and Programme Management Advice
Providing Rail Executive with technical and commercial support and advice across a full range of programme and project management services throughout the project life-cycle from strategy to post-transition mobilisation.
Typical requirements identified by Rail Executive clients include but are not limited to:
— General Project and Programme Management Advice,
— Programme partner,
— Programme management,
— Project management,
— Project delivery,
— Project Controls,
— Assurance,
— Project management commercial advice,
— Project representative,
— Enterprise, programme and project integration management,
— Package-specific bid evaluation support.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
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:

The DFT will accept no liability or responsibility for any of the costs associated with the preparation of any Potential Provider’s response to the PQQ or ITT or any losses or costs incurred as a result of: attending pre or post tender meetings; Extensions of time limits; or cancellation of the ITT.

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

The Framework Contract will be awarded utilising the NEC3 Framework Contract and the NEC3 Professional Services Contract with options A, C or E for Package Orders.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: See III.2.1 conditions of participation below.
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: Please refer to the PQQ pack for participation criteria at each Supplier Grade.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The financial conditions of participation for each grade are as detailed below:
Prime
Minimum of GBP 10 000 000 professional indemnity insurance.
Medium
Minimum of GBP 5 000 000 professional indemnity insurance.
Expert
Minimum of GBP 1 000 000 professional indemnity insurance.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
The Technical conditions of participation for each Grade are as detailed below;
Prime
— Is able to provide a team of 40 personnel at any one time to meet the future requirement for an entire project.
— 5 years transport experience.
— 2 years rail specific experience.
— Must have capability across all categories of service with a minimum of 5 personnel per category at Senior Consultant or above.
Medium
— Is able to provide a team of 10 personnel at any one time to meet the future requirement for an entire category package.
— 5 years transport experience.
— 2 years rail specific experience.
— Must have capability across no more than 2 categories of service with a minimum of 5 personnel per category Senior Consultant or above.
Expert
— Is able to provide at least 1 resource to meet the future requirement for isolated specialist advice.
— 5 years transport experience.
— 2 years rail specific experience.
— Must have capability across no more than 2 categories of service with a minimum of 1 personnel per category Senior Consultant or above.
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

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 minimum number 48: and maximum number 110
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The expected number of suppliers who will be invited to tender is as follows; Prime — 8 Bidders across all Categories Medium — 8 Bidders per Category Expert — 8 Bidders per Category.
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: 2014/S 178-314724 of 17.9.2014

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

30.1.2015 – 12:00

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

16.3.2015

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

This is a recurrent procurement: no

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

Published Information Packs are available upon request.
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:

17.12.2014

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