Construction Work for Thames Water

Construction Work for Thames Water

Thames Tideway Tunnel Project – Main Works – Category 1, C405 Thames Tideway Tunnel – Main Works – West, C410 Thames Tideway Tunnel – Main Works – Central, C415 Thames Tideway Tunnel – Main Works – East.

United Kingdom-London: Construction work

2013/S 145-252648

Contract notice – utilities

Works

Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

Thames Water Utilities Limited
The Point, 37 North Wharf Road, Paddington
For the attention of: Programme Procurement Manager
W2 1AF London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2031477700
E-mail: procurement@tidewaytunnels.co.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity: www.thamestidewaytunnel.co.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://thamestidewaytunnel.bravosolution.co.uk

Electronic access to information: http://thamestidewaytunnel.bravosolution.co.uk

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://thamestidewaytunnel.bravosolution.co.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for 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)Main activity

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

The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: yes

Name not yet available for the reasons set out in VI.3.2), but until further notice the Contracting Entity is as described in VI.3) (Additional information) above
Address not yet available but contact point until further notice is as given in I.1) above: The Point, 37 North Wharf Road, Paddington
London
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:

Thames Tideway Tunnel Project – Main Works – Category 1, C405 Thames Tideway Tunnel – Main Works – West, C410 Thames Tideway Tunnel – Main Works – Central, C415 Thames Tideway Tunnel – Main Works – East.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Works
Design and execution
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: London, UK.
NUTS code UKI

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 works and services to be provided pursuant to the Contract(s) will be undertaken in London, UK across circa 21 sites from Acton in the West to Abbey Mills in the East, along and underneath the River Thames and connecting with Lee Tunnel (currently under construction). The Contract(s) are for the design, construction, commissioning and (during the caretaker period) maintenance of the Thames Tideway Tunnel and are separated into 3 Lots (3 separate Contracts) as follows:
— Main Works – West –main tunnel drive including shafts and connections – Carnwath Road Riverside to Acton Storm Water Tanks and long connection tunnel drive – Frogmore;
— Main Works – Central – main tunnel drives including shafts and connections –Kirtling Street to Carnwath Road Riverside (West) and Kirtling Street to Chambers Wharf (East); and
— Main Works – East –main tunnel drive including shafts and connections – Chambers Wharf to Abbey Mills Pumping Station and long connection tunnel drive – Greenwich Pumping Station to Chambers Wharf.
The London Tideways Improvements (of which the Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Lee Tunnel form a part) will modernise London’s sewerage system, delivering environmental and economic benefits to the UK’s capital for generations. The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a major new sewer to be designed and constructed to help manage the problem of untreated sewage overflowing from the capital’s sewers via combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and is intended (once constructed) to enable the UK to meet the requirements of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive when operated in conjunction with the Lee Tunnel.
The Thames Tideway Tunnel Project (the Project) comprises:
— wastewater sewers and tunnels;
— design, construction, commissioning, operation, financing and maintenance of the main tunnel and connection tunnels;
— CSO drop shafts, short connection tunnels and associated development to intercept flows and divert them into the main tunnel or connection tunnels;
— works to modify Thames Water’s existing pumping stations and sewers;
— associated development to facilitate construction of the tunnels and shafts; and
— such other works and/or services as are necessary to deliver Thames Tideway Tunnel Project as more fully described in the Invitation to Tender (ITT) including any variations to the Project Specification agreed from time to time with Ofwat and/or the Secretary of State and/or Thames Water Utilities Limited.
The 6.5-7.2 m-diameter, 25 km-long main tunnel between Thames Water’s existing operational sites at Acton Storm Tanks and Abbey Mills Pumping Station would control untreated sewage from 34 CSOs identified as ‘unsatisfactory’ by the Environment Agency. Sewage flows captured in the Thames Tideway Tunnel are intended to be transferred down the Thames Tideway Tunnel route for pumping out and treatment at Beckton Sewage Treatment Works via the Lee Tunnel. The long connection tunnels are known as the Frogmore connection tunnel (2.6m-diameter and 1.1 km-long) and the Greenwich connection tunnel (5m-diameter and 4.6 km-long) (Measurements are approximate). Contractors will be required to design, build and/or procure Equipment including tunnel boring machines (TBMs) and diaphragm walling equipment to construct the relevant sections of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Applicants should note that the Thames Tideway Tunnel will pass under existing infrastructure, including bridges, transport and utility tunnels, in-river structures, river walls and buildings and protective measures will need to be taken into consideration when designing and implementing the works.
Key objectives for the delivery of the Thames Tideway Tunnel include ensuring highest quality construction, current best practice with regards to the safety regime and full consideration for whole life maintenance costs in selection of materials and construction techniques.
Applicants should also be aware that a key aspect of the Project is to ensure that the Contracting Entity’s legacy strategy is implemented. The key themes in the legacy strategy and the legacy requirements are described in the Pre-Qualification Pack (PQP).
Interested organisations should refer to II.2) (Quantity or scope) and VI.3) (Additional information) and to the PQP for further information on the description of the Category 1 Main Works and the Contract(s).
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45000000, 45221247, 71500000, 34930000, 45231300, 45221200, 45221248, 45246400, 45232440, 45232410, 45240000, 45252127, 45221240, 98360000, 45221245, 45232400, 43123000, 90400000, 43320000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The scope of the works and services to be carried out pursuant to the Contract(s) includes (but is not limited to) the following:
— design works;
— enabling works;
— temporary works;
— construction works;
— tunnelling and spoil removal;
— marine transportation and logistics;
— ground stabilisation and treatment works;
— utilities diversions;
— MEICA;
— SCADA;
— structural engineering works;
— civil engineering works;
— protection of third party assets;
— access control and security services;
— occupational health services;
— connections to the Lee Tunnel (East Lot only); and
— such other works and/or services as are necessary to deliver the Project including (but not limited to) obtaining and maintaining all necessary post-DCO consents, undertaking works and services to implement agreed legacy strategy and stakeholder management.
As described at II.1.5) above and in Annex B, the Category 1 Main Works are separated into 3 different Lots:
— Main Works – West;
— Main Works –Central; and
— Main Works –East.
The estimated value of each Lot expressed as a range (excluding VAT) is:
— Main Works – West – £300,000,000 – £500,000,000
— Main Works – Central – £600,000,000 – £950,000,000
— Main Works – East – £500,000,000 – £800,000,000
Applicants should note however that the range is indicative and intended only for guidance at this stage. The actual value of each Lot may be higher or lower and will ultimately be determined by the proposals submitted by the successful Tenderer for each Lot.
Applicants may express interest in one, two or all three Lots.
Applicants should note that:
— due to the complexity of the works required to successfully deliver each of the Lots;
— due to the capital value of each of the Lots and the requirement for resilience and security;
— in order to manage and mitigate the risks associated with the delivery of the whole programme within the scheduled project completion date; and
— in order to ensure overall deliverability of the Project;
the Contracting Entity:
— will not award any Tenderer (Contractor/Consortium/Relevant Organisation) more than one Lot (see paragraph 3.3.3 of the PQP), unless Exceptional Circumstances apply. The rationale for this strategy is that (unless Exceptional Circumstances apply) (i) it will maximise competition; (ii) it will improve resilience of the Project to the default or insolvency of one of the Contractors; (iii) it will avoid over dominance of one Contractor, bringing benefits to the overall delivery programme and cost efficiency; and (iv) it will ensure the applicability and workability of the alliancing mechanisms and incentivisation mechanics. Exceptional Circumstances are described in more detail in the PQP and will be explained in full in the ITT together with the Contracting Entity’s detailed award criteria and evaluation methodology. However, for the purposes of this Contract Notice, Applicants should be aware that Exceptional Circumstances will include the Contracting Entity reserving the right to award more than one Lot/Contract to a Tenderer if there are no Tenders or no acceptable Tenders and/or Tenderers for a Lot;
— reserves the right not to invite any Applicants to tender for the West or East Lot (as applicable) and to abort the procurement of the West or East Lot (as applicable) and subsequently re-procure that Lot or to incorporate the West or East Lot (as applicable) within the Central Lot if:
o there are no Applicants for the West or East Lot (as applicable);
o there are insufficient Applicants for the West or East Lot (as applicable) to ensure genuine competition; or
o the only Applicants who express interest in the West or East Lot (as applicable) fail to meet the Contracting Entity’s Minimum Standards and/or receive one or more “major concerns” in their score at PQQ assessment stage;
— reserves the right to abort the procurement of the West or East Lot (as applicable) and to incorporate West or East Lot (as applicable) within the Central Lot if, at or after ITT stage one or more Tenderers withdraw prior to an award of either the West or East Lot so that there are insufficient Tenderers for the relevant Lot to ensure genuine competition. These options are intended to give the Contracting Entity a choice of proceeding with the remaining two Lots only and re-running a procurement for the West or East Lot (as applicable) or alternatively expanding the scope of the Central Lot to encompass the aborted West or East Lot. Further detail in relation to the Contracting Entity’s options at ITT stage will be provided in the ITT together with the Contracting Entity’s detailed award criteria and evaluation methodology. Further details will include;
— certain “step-in rights” in each Contract pursuant to which the Contracting Entity will reserve the right to vary the terms of each Contract to increase the scope of works and to include for the possibility of the Contractor carrying out the work required to be carried out under one of the other Lots should another Contractor’s Contract be terminated; and
— each Contract will also allow for the possibility that in the event of the special administration of the Contracting Entity, the special administrator shall have the right to administer the Contract(s) and to transfer the Contract(s) to another contracting entity including potentially an entity owned or controlled or partly owned or controlled by the government or other public entity.
Applicants are referred to Annex B below and to the PQP for further information on quantity and scope of each Lot.
In relation to the scope of the Contract(s) see further Section VI.3) (Additional Information) below on options. Further detail will be provided in the Works Information to be made available to Tenderers with the ITT.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Please refer to Sections II.2.1 (Total quantity or scope) and VI.3 (Additional Information) below for a description of the Contracting Entity’s options.
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 13.5.2015 Completion 28.3.2023

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: C405 Thames Tideway Tunnel – Main Works – West

1)Short description:

Applicants are referred to Appendix G of the PQP for the scope of each Lot. The tunnelling works short description is the design, construction, commissioning and (during the caretaker period) maintenance – tunnel drives including shafts and connections – main tunnel Carnwath Road Riverside to Acton Storm Tanks (6,950m by 6.5m internal diameter) and the Frogmore long connection tunnel. Ground conditions: London clay. A detailed description of works for Lot 1 is included in the PQP.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45000000, 45221247, 71500000, 34930000, 45231300, 45221200, 45246400, 45232440, 45232410, 45252127, 45240000, 45221240, 98360000, 45221245, 45232400, 43123000, 90400000, 43320000, 45221248

3)Quantity or scope:

The detailed quantity and scope of Lot 1 is included in the PQP.
Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 300 000 000 and 500 000 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Starting 13.5.2015 Completion 28.3.2023
5)Additional information about lots:

Applicants are referred to II.1.5) (Short description), II.2.1) (Total quantity and scope) and VI.3) (Additional information) above for further information about this Lot.
Lot No: 2 Lot title: C410 Thames Tideway Tunnel – Main Works – Central

1)Short description:

Applicants are referred to Appendix G of the PQP for the scope of each Lot. The tunnelling works short description is the design, construction, commissioning and (during the caretaker period) maintenance – main tunnel drive including shafts and connections – Kirtling Street to Carnwath Road Riverside (West) and Kirtling Street to Chambers Wharf (East). Tunnel drive: Kirtling – Carnwath Road; 5003m by 7.2m. Tunnel drive: Kirtling – Chambers Wharf; 7680m by 7.2m. Ground conditions: London clay, Lambeth/clay, Lambeth group and Thanet sand, chalk with sand. A detailed description of works for Lot 2 is included in the PQP.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45000000, 45221247, 71500000, 34930000, 45231300, 45221200, 45246400, 45232440, 45232410, 45252127, 45240000, 45221240, 98360000, 45221245, 45232400, 43123000, 90400000, 43320000, 45221248

3)Quantity or scope:

The detailed quantity and scope of Lot 2 is included in the PQP.
Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 600 000 000 and 950 000 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Starting 13.5.2015 Completion 28.3.2023
5)Additional information about lots:

Applicants are referred to II.1.5) (Short description), II.2.1) (Total quantity and scope) and VI.3) (Additional information) above for further information about this Lot.
Lot No: 3 Lot title: C415 Thames Tideway Tunnel – Main Works – East

1)Short description:

Applicants are referred to Appendix G of the PQP for the scope of each Lot. The tunnelling works short description is the design, construction, commissioning and (during the caretaker period) maintenance – main tunnel drive including shafts and connections –Chambers Wharf to Abbey Mills Pumping Station and long connection tunnel drive – Greenwich Pumping Station to Chambers Wharf. Tunnel drive: Chambers Wharf – Abbey Mills: 5530m by 7.2m. Ground conditions: chalk. A detailed description of works for Lot 3 is included in the PQP.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45000000, 45221247, 71500000, 34930000, 45231300, 45221200, 45246400, 45232440, 45232410, 45252127, 45240000, 45221240, 98360000, 45221245, 45232400, 43123000, 90400000, 43320000, 45221248

3)Quantity or scope:

The detailed quantity and scope of Lot 3 is included in the PQP.
Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 500 000 000 and 800 000 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Starting 13.5.2015 Completion 28.3.2023
5)Additional information about lots:

Applicants are referred to II.1.5) (Short description), II.2.1) (Total quantity and scope) and VI.3) (Additional information) above for further information about this Lot.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Contracting Entity reserves the right to require guarantees, bonds, collateral warranties (potentially including the grant of step-in rights) and other forms of security as appropriate to be discussed at ITT stage. Further details and requirements will be provided in the ITT.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

The main financing conditions, payment mechanism and performance standards will be described in the ITT but it is expected that payment will be in accordance with the provisions of NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract Option C: Target Contract with Activity Schedule as the same may be amended by the Contracting Entity. Further details will be provided 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:

The Contracting Entity will accept expressions of interest and tenders from single entities or Consortia. The Contracting Entity does not require Consortia to form a single legal entity at the PQQ stage. The Contracting Entity will consider contracting with a Consortium, providing always that the participants in any unincorporated joint venture are jointly and severally liable for all of the obligations of the Consortium under the Contract. The nature of the Contractor or Contractors, assumption of liability and the terms of any parent company guarantees (PCG) will be a matter for further discussion at ITT stage and the Contracting Entity’s detailed requirements and evaluation methodology in this regard will be set out in the ITT. Applicants must provide full details of their proposed contracting structures with their completed PQ Applications. See PQP for further details.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions:

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Requirements will be set out in the ITT.
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: Interested organisations must register for pre-qualification for the Contract(s) via the buyer profile https://thamestidewaytunnel.bravosolution.co.uk. Following registration, interested organisations will be able to download a Pre-Qualification Pack which will include a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and guidance notes. Instructions and further details are set out in detail in the PQP and PQQ. The PQP and PQQ reflect Regulations 23 to 29 of the UK Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: This is set out in detail in the PQP and PQQ which can be obtained at the address in Section I.1) (Name, addresses and contact point(s)). The PQP and PQQ reflect Regulations 23 to 29 of the UK Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: This is set out in detail in the PQP and PQQ which can be obtained at the address in Section I.1) (Name, addresses and contact point(s)). The PQP and PQQ reflect Regulations 23 to 29 of the UK Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).
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: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Negotiated
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:

TTT-OJEU1
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Periodic indicative notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2012/S 213-352570 of 6.11.2012

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 12.9.2013 – 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

13.9.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.7)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:

1. Applicants should note that words and expressions in this contract notice with an initial capital letter shall have the meanings given in the Pre-Qualification Pack (PQP) that is available on request to all interested organisations. Interested organisations may obtain the PQP from the TTT e-Sourcing portal at https://thamestidewaytunnel.bravosolution.co.uk. All additional information relating to information provided in this contract notice is available in the PQP.

2. I.1) (Contracting Entity) and I.3) (contract award on behalf of others) – This contract notice is published by Thames Water Utilities Limited on behalf of others as described in this contract notice and in the PQP. Thames Water Utilities Limited is commencing the procurement. Any Contract(s) for the Main Works may be let by (and references in this contract notice and in the PQP to the utility and Contracting Entity shall include) an infrastructure provider (IP) and/or Thames Water Utilities Limited and/or a group company, subsidiary, parent company or affiliate of Thames Water Utilities Limited and/or a central government department or agency and/or any statutory or non-statutory corporation incorporated for the purposes of the Project or part(s) of it subject to the conclusion of definitive and legally binding agreement(s). An IP means any body designated by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs or by Ofwat (the Water Services Regulation Authority) (as the case may be) in respect of the Project or part(s) of the Project under or by virtue of Section 36D of the Water Industry Act 1991 (as inserted by Section 35 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010) or any successor under a special administration order or otherwise and pursuant to the Water Industry (Specified Infrastructure Projects) (English Undertakers) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/ 1582). Applicants are referred to the PQP for further information on the IP and contract letting strategy.
3. II.1.8) (Division into lots) – The Contracting Entity intends to let the Main Works in three separate Lots as further described in Annex B. Applicants may express interest in one, two or all three Lots. Applicants’ attention is drawn however to the provisions of II.2.1) (Total quantity or scope) above regarding Exceptional Circumstances and other options reserved to the Contracting Entity. Further information is provided in the PQP.
4. II.1.9) (Information about variants)–The Contracting Entity reserves the right to accept variants at the ITT stage provided a Tenderer has also submitted a compliant Tender. Further information and minimum requirements in relation to any variants and how variants will be evaluated will be set out in the ITT. However, Applicants should be aware that variants will not be sought or accepted in relation to combinations of Lots.
5. II.2.1) (Quantity and scope) – The estimated value ranges stated in Section II.2.1 are the estimated values of each Lot.
6. II.2.2) (Information about options) – The Contracting Entity intends to award Contract(s) including the scope described in this contract notice and in the PQP. The Contracting Entity’s client options in relation to technical and commercial issues and how those options will be evaluated will be described in the ITT. However, Applicants should be aware that the Contracting Entity reserves the right to:
— vary the scope of the Contract (for example but not limited to) by including elements of scope currently described as Category 2 and/or 3 into Category 1 Main Works and/or vary the scope as between the Lots; and/or
— vary the scope of the Contract to reflect matters under, arising from or in connection with the Development Consent Order; and/or
— implement a staged award and delivery for the Main Works by bringing forward the planning and design components. The scope, programme, award structure and options in relation to staging will be set out in detail in the ITT.
Applicants are also referred to the provisions of II.2.1) (Total quantity or scope) and to II.1.8) (Division into lots) above regarding options in relation to Lots and the potential for one Lot to be expanded to encompass another and/or for one Tenderer to be awarded more than one Lot in Exceptional Circumstances. Further additional information in this regard is provided in the PQP.
7. II.3) (Duration of the contract or time limit for completion) – the duration of the Contract, time limit for completion and procurement timetable are described in detail in the PQP. The Contracting Entity reserves the right to amend dates and deadlines and to update the procurement timetable. Applicants and Tenderers will be notified as appropriate. The duration of the Contract(s) is approximately 8 years although may be subject to change in accordance with the terms of each Contract. Applicants should also note that the Contracting Entity intends to issue the ITT for each Lot in sequence to stimulate maximum competition – see paragraph 2.12 in the PQP for further details.
8. III.1) (Conditions relating to the contract) – The Main Works contract(s) will utilise the NEC3 Option C Contract (Target Cost) form of contract as amended by the Contracting Entity. The Contract(s) will make appropriate provisions to include the Contracting Entity’s requirements, security requirements and indemnities, specific targets, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and appropriate incentives to ensure that the delivery achieves best value. Further details on the form of Contract and contracting approach will be provided in the ITT.
9. IV.2.1) (Award criteria) – The Contracting Entity intends to let each Contract to the most economically advantageous tender for each Lot. Details of the Contracting Entity’s award criteria and methodology for identifying the most economically advantageous tender for each Contract is described in the PQP and will be provided in detail in the ITT.
10. IV.3.3) and IV.3.4) (Expressing an interest) – all interested organisations must complete and return a PQQ in the form made available by the Contracting Entity. The PQP and accompanying documentation are available on request from https://thamestidewaytunnel.bravosolution.co.uk from the date of dispatch of this contract notice to 12 September 2013. To express an interest in one or more of the contracts, completed PQQs must be returned via the TTT e-Sourcing portal by the deadline of 13 September 2013. For further assistance on use of the TTT e-Sourcing portal, interested organisations may contact the Bravo Solution helpdesk which is available Monday to Friday (8:00 AM to 6:00PM) BST on email – help@bravosolution.co.uk or telephone 0800 368 4850.

11. A response to this contract notice does not guarantee that an Applicant will be invited to tender. The process for selecting Tenderer(s) to be invited to tender is set out in the PQP. The Contracting Entity reserves the right in its absolute discretion to abandon, terminate or suspend the award process at any time for one or more (or all) Lots. Further:
— the Contracting Entity does not bind itself to enter into any contract(s) arising out of the procedures envisaged by this contract notice;
— no contractual rights express or implied arise out of this contract notice or the procedures envisaged by it; and
— the Contracting Entity reserves the right to vary its requirements and the procedure relating to the conduct of the award process.
12. Bid costs – Applicants and Tenderers shall be fully responsible for and liable for all costs associated with and arising out of or in connection with responding to this contract notice and any pre-qualification questionnaire. Subject to the terms of paragraph 5.8 of the PQP (Bid Costs), Thames Water Utilities Limited or any other Contracting Entity will not be responsible for or liable to any Applicant or Tenderer for any cost incurred by such Applicant and/or Tenderer in responding to this contract notice, any pre-qualification questionnaire or any Tender howsoever incurred. Paragraph 5.8 of the PQP (Bid Costs) defines the circumstances in which the Contracting Entity will pay a pre-defined contribution towards certain bid costs, reasonably and properly incurred and duly evidenced by a Tenderer.
13. Industry Day – the Contracting Entity is holding an industry day in August 2013 to share information about the Project. Applicants wishing to attend the industry day must register their interest by emailing procurement@tidewaytunnels.co.uk by no later than 13 August 2013. Attendance will be restricted to 2 people per Relevant Organisation. There will be a recording of the event and materials presented will be available on the Project website from 6 September 2013 at http://www.thamestidewaytunnel.co.uk

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

The High Court of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
WC2A 2LL London
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: In accordance with Regulations 33 and 33A of the UK Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended by the Utilities Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 and the Public Procurement (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011), the Contracting Entity will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period before awarding the Contract(s) from the point information on the award of the Contract(s) is communicated to Tenderers. Any request for further information by Tenderers pursuant to Regulation 33(9) must be made in writing to the address set out in section I.1) above. The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) provide remedies for economic operators who, in consequence of a breach of the Regulations, suffer, or risk suffering, loss or damage. Proceedings must be started in the High Court of England and Wales.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:24.7.2013