Catering Services Belfast City Centre

Belfast: restaurant and food-serving services

Catering Services Belfast City Centre. NITHCo/Translink requires a competent contractor to provide a catering service for approximately 500 Translink employees

Contract notice – utilities


Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

3 Milewater Road
For the attention of: Mark Osmer
BT3 9BG Belfast
Telephone: +44 2890354028

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity: and
Further information 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)Main activity

Railway services
Urban railway, tramway, trolleybus or bus services


I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities


Section II: Object of the contract


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

Provision of catering services – Belfast City Centre.


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

Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Northern Ireland.
NUTS code UKN0


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):

NITHCo/Translink, comprising of Northern Ireland Railways, Metro, and Ulsterbus is the all embracing title for the integrated public transport operations in Northern Ireland, otherwise known as the contracting Authority.
NITHCo/Translink requires a competent contractor to provide a catering service for approximately 500 Translink employees, which includes bus drivers and Inspectorate staff in the Belfast City Centre from Monday – Saturday; the provision operates throughout the operational day in order to cover scheduled meal breaks for all duties. This provision is an integral factor of our operation and assists the organisation to plan and maintain efficient scheduling of our services. Our current operation is located in May Street, Belfast however this could be relocated during the term of the new contract.
The initial contract will be for a period of 5 years with options to extend for a further 2 periods of 1 year each.


II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

55300000, 55330000


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

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


II.1.8)Information about lots

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:

See II.1.5.


II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals

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

Starting 1.4.2012 Completion 31.3.2017



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:


III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

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


III.2.3)Technical capacity

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


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

Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures): no


IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications or in the invitation to tender or to negotiate


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 entity:



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



IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents

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

9.1.2012 – 15:00


IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

Other: Browse to the eSourcing portal:


IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.7)Conditions for opening tenders


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: 2019.


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:

1. Browse to the eSourcing portal:;

2. Click the “Click here to register” link;
3. Accept the terms and conditions and click “Continue”;
4. Enter your correct business and user details;
5. Note the username you chose and click “Save” when complete;
6. You will shortly receive an e-mail with your unique password (please keep this secure);
7. Login to the portal with the username/password;
8. Click the “PQQs Open to All Suppliers” link (these are PQQs open to any registered supplier);
9. Click on the relevant PQQ to access the content;
10. Click the “Express Interest” button in the “Actions” box on the left-hand side of the page. This will move the PQQ over to the “My PQQs” page (this is a secure area reserved for your projects only);
11. Click on the PQQ code, you can now access any attachments by clicking the “Settings and Buyer Attachments” in the “Actions” box on the left-hand side of the Page;
12. You can now choose to “Reply” or “Reject” (please give a reason if rejecting);
13. Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ.
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VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Body responsible for mediation procedures

please see section VI.4.2


VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Translink will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers.
The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).


VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: