Coventry Very Light Rail Track Design Research and Development Services

Coventry Very Light Rail Track Design Research and Development Services

The Coventry VLR (Very Light Rail) project is a major infrastructure programme to develop a novel, low-cost, low-carbon rail-based public transport system for operation within the city of Coventry. 

United Kingdom-Coventry: Transport systems consultancy services

2019/S 004-005114

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road
United Kingdom
Contact person:
Telephone: +44 2476151049
NUTS code: UKG33
Internet address(es):Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement


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

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Coventry Very Light Rail Track Design, Research and Development Services

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Coventry VLR (Very Light Rail) project is a major infrastructure programme to develop a novel, low-cost, low-carbon rail-based public transport system for operation within the city of Coventry. The programme is a collaboration between WMG (University of Warwick), Coventry City Council (CCC) and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM). The overall programme is conceived to deliver an affordable rail based system, capable of on-and off-street running, which is welcomed by the general public, and uses low-carbon light-weight self-propelled vehicles that are emissions free at the point of use.

This procurement process is to appoint a supplier to provide research and development services of concept design and validation for a novel low cost track form for the Coventry Very Light Rail project.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKG33
Main site or place of performance:

University of Warwick

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The delivery of a detailed, tested and verified design specification for an innovative track form, which needs to deliver a significant step-change reduction in light-rail installation costs. The primary aim is the design of a novel trackform that will enable the low-cost strategy of the Coventry VLR to be delivered. This will be followed by detailed design which would be partly verified though the construction and testing of track form demonstrator sections. This procurement process is to appoint a supplier to provide the core services of concept and detailed design of this track form, as well as component-level validation achieved through component manufacture and testing of the proposed track form.

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

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

Duration in months: 21
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged number of candidates: 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

As detailed in the Pre Qualification documents.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
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
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

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.1.1)Type of procedure

Competitive procedure with negotiation
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated

IV.1.5)Information about negotiation

The contracting authority reserves the right to award the contract on the basis of the initial tenders without conducting negotiations
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

Notice number in the OJ S: 2018/S 179-405663

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 04/02/2019
Local time: 23:59
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:

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure

The PIN referenced in this section was for information only and not a call for competition.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Pauline Mealing
University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: