Economics Consultancy Services Framework Transport for London

Economics Consultancy Services Framework Transport for London

The Framework will be used to procure services for Evaluation, Monitoring and Data, Research, Housing and Ad Hoc type projects.

United Kingdom-London: Business and management consultancy services

2013/S 174-300709

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Transport for London (Commercial Services)
Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street
Contact point(s): E-Procurement
For the attention of: Natalie Nolan
SW1H 0TL London
UNITED KINGDOM

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.tfl.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://eprocurement.tfl.gov.uk/epps/home.do

Electronic access to information: http://eprocurement.tfl.gov.uk/epps/home.do

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://eprocurement.tfl.gov.uk/epps/home.do

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

Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity

General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Greater London Authority
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

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

GLA 80405, Economics, Research and Evaluation 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
NUTS code UKI

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: 38
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: 5 000 000 GBP

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

The provision of Economics Consultancy Services will be established.The Framework will be used to procure services for Evaluation, Monitoring and Data, Research, Housing and Ad Hoc type projects. It will be used primeraly by the GLA Economics teams. However it will be available to the rest of the GLA Group including TfL and other Public Service bodies.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79410000, 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 or more lots
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:

There will be four Lots to apply for please refer to PQQ.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 5 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
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: 1 Lot title: Lot 1: Monitoring and Forecasting

1)Short description

Suppliers applying for this lot will be required to supply economic data or provide forecasting services. Such data would be used to monitor London’s economy as well as provide comparisons to the rest of the UK and internationally.
Examples of Projects:
— Economic forecasting;
— Employment forecasts;
— London specific economic data (e.g. retail);
— International Comparisons.
The supplier shall demonstrate their ability to:
— Supply data not publically available that evidence the performance of London’s economy;
— Produce forecasts of London’s future economic performance using methodologically sound models.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79410000, 79419000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Lot 2: Appraisal and Evaluation

1)Short description

Suppliers will be required to produce economic impact appraisals and evaluations of programmes and projects.
Examples of Projects:
— Programme level meta-evaluations;
— Project level economic impact evaluation;
— Project specific economic impact appraisals;
— Primary research (including surveys).
The supplier shall demonstrate their ability to:
— Use quantitative and qualitative evaluation techniques in line with the HM Treasury Green Book and Magenta Book to produce economic impact evaluation and meta-evaluations;
— Have knowledge, understanding and practical experience of producing economic impact evaluation; including the ability to conduct robust cost-benefit analysis, and the appropriate use of primary research and other administrative data;
— To draft accessible evaluation reports for technical and non-technical audiences.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79410000, 79419000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Lot 3: Economic Development (and related topics) Research

1)Short description

Suppliers will be required to provide analysis into areas of policy research related to economic development. The GLA Group work in a large number of areas relating to the physical environment, infrastructure and wider economic development; and as such research and analysis would be required. This lot is larger in size and will comprise contractors in a wide range of work areas including:
— Housing and Land or Regeneration;
— Transport Economics;
— Environmental Economics;
— Economic Development.
Suppliers will be assessed upon their ability to produce robust, complete analysis on work areas listed above. Suppliers are not required to have expertise in more than one work area, and suppliers that have expertise in more than one area will not have an advantage during the evaluation of bids to this lot.
The supplier shall demonstrate their ability to:
— Specific understanding of at least one of the work areas listed above;
— Use quantitative and qualitative research techniques and understanding of best practice in analysis of at least one of the work areas listed above;
— Understand the specific London policy and economic context in relation to at least on of the work areas listed above;
— Draft accessible reports to technical and non-technical audiences and to produce useful recommendations for policy in at least one of the work areas listed above.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79410000, 79419000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Lot 4: Wider Research

1)Short description

Suppliers will be required to provide research and analysis into areas of policy research not incorporated into the previous three lots. The GLA Group works in a large number of areas and as such research and analysis may be commissioned in a number of areas including, but not limited to:
— Labour Market Studies – including skills, worklessness, low pay;
— Creative Industries;
— Culture;
— Sector Studies;
— Tourism and Foreign Direct Investment;
— Education, Children and Young People;
— Health.
Suppliers will be assessed upon the ability to produce robust, complete analysis on work areas listed above. Suppliers are not required to have expertise in more than one work area, and organisations that have expertise in more than one area will not have an advantage during the evaluation of bids to this lot.
The supplier shall demonstrate their ability to:
— Specific understanding of at least one of the work areas listed above;
— Use quantitative and qualitative research techniques and understanding of best practice in analysis of at least one of the work areas listed above;
— Understand the specific London policy and economic context in relation to at least on of the work areas listed above;
— Draft accessible reports to technical and non-technical audiences and to produce useful recommendations for policy in at least one of the work areas listed above.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79410000, 79419000

3)Quantity or scope
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:

These will be detailed int Invitation to Tender.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

These will be detailed int Invitation to Tender.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

These will be detailed int Invitation to Tender.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: These are detailed in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: These are detailed in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: These are detailed in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
These are detailed in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
These are detailed in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
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 number of operators: 76
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:

GLA 80405
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 7.10.2013 – 11:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

7.10.2013 – 11:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
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

a) Please note all Economic Operators are required to express their interest by registration on: https://eprocurement.tfl.gov.uk/epps/home.do

Failure to do so may invalidate your application. After registering you should look for the Opportunity “GLA 80405 Economics Research and Evaluation Framework, economic operators interested in being considered for this opportunity must express interest by means of completing the pre- qualification questionnaire detailing their capabilities.
b) Expressions of interest must be received via the portal before the closing date/time as stated in IV.3.4). TfL reserve the right not to consider expressions of interest received after the closing date/time or received by means other than the portal.
c) Transport for London (TfL) is a complex organisation operating both as an executive agency of the Greater London Authority (GLA) under the direction of the Mayor of London and as provider of transport services. The scope of the proposed services may encompass activities within the scope of both Directive SI 2006 5 and Directive SI 2006 6. Services to be provided in relation to activities which are subject to the Directive SI 2006 6(Utilities) will not be subject to a separate notice.
While this framework is procured under the Public Services Contracts Regulations 2006, taking into account Directive 2004/18/EC, there are likely to be requirements that are called-off solely for use by those parts of the TfL Group that are contracting authorities under the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 – where this occurs, the call-off may be awarded in accordance with the requirements of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006″.
Additionally there is a section on TfL reserving the right to disqualify the following:
— TfL reserves the right at any stage to reject or disqualify or revise the pre-qualified status of any Tenderer who:
1. Provides information or confirmations which later prove to be untrue or incorrect; and/or
2. Does not submit a tender in accordance with the requirements of this ITT or as directed by TfL during the procurement process; and/or
3. Fulfils any one or more of the criteria detailed in Regulation 26 of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006; and/or
4. Fulfils any one or more of the criteria detailed in Regulation 26 of the Public
Contracts Regulations 2006; and/or
The services may be provided to TfL and/or its subsidiaries and may also encompass London Regional Transport (LRT). TfL and the GLA wish to establish a framework agreement for use by the following UK public sector bodies (and any future successors to these organisations).
A local asset backed vehicle or asset investment vehicle between a body listed and a private sector partner.
A Minister of the Crown.
Acute trust (NHS).
Arms Length management organisations (ALMOs).
Almshouses.
Ambulance trusts.
British broadcasting corporation (BBC).
British rail board (residuary).
British waterways.
Business Innovation and skills.
Care trusts.
Central government departments, their agencies and non-departmental public bodies.
Community health councils.
Community land trusts.
Crossrail Ltd.
Department for communities and local government.
Defence infrastructure organisation.
Department for environment, food and rural affairs.
Department for culture media and sport.
Department for environment, food and rural affairs.
Department for health arms length bodies.
Department for transport.
Department of education.
Department of energy and climate change (including coal authority).
Driver and vehicle licensing agency.
Education establishments.
English heritage.
Environment agency.
Essex wildlife trust.
Extracare providers.
Fire authority.
G15 members.
G320 members.
General practitioners.
Greater London authority.
Greater London authority group.
Highspeed 2.
Highways agency.
Home office.
Judicial system (Ministry of justice).
L9 group of housing associations in London.
Land registry.
Lee valley regional park authority.
Local enterprise partnerships.
Local authorities.
Local development agencies.
Local health boards.
London and continental railways Ltd.
London boroughs (all 33) and City of London.
London fire and emergency planning authority.
London legacy development corporation.
London wildlife trust.
Mayoral development corporation established under the Localism Act 2011.
Mental health trusts.
Metropolitan police authority.
Ministry of defence.
National housing federation.
National trust.
Natural England.
NDA properties Ltd.
Network rail.
NHS foundations trusts.
NHS hospital trusts.
NHS property services Ltd.
Nuclear decommissioning authority.
Oil & pipeline agency.
Olympic park legacy company.
Port of London authority.
Primary care trusts.
Registered providers.
Royal docks management authority.
Royal mail.
Royal parks.
Royal society for the protection of birds.
Special health authorities.
Strategic health authorities.
The crown estate.
Thames chase trust.
Transport for London and its subsidiaries.
Vehicle and operator services agency.
Framework agreement(s) may be awarded to the successful economic operators by any part of TfL and/or any of its subsidiaries. Or any of the organisations listed above.
d) Further information on TfL may be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/procurement

Further information about the GLA may be found at http://www.london.gov.uk/

e) The awarding authority reserves the right to withdraw from the procurement process and/or not to award any contract as a result of the competition called by this notice and the awarding authority shall not be liable for any costs or expenses incurred by any Economic Operators in considering and/or responding to the procurement process.
f) All discussions and meetings will be conducted in English.
g) Tenders and supporting documents must be priced in GBP and all payments under the contract will be made in sterling.
h) TfL may interview any or all economic operators who express an interest in tendering for this work.
i) Any framework agreement awarded may be extended for further periods up to a maximum duration of 48 months at the discretion of the awarding authority.
j) It is intended that there will be 38 positions available across all 4 Lots of the framework. It is intended that 2 suitably qualified economic operators will be invited to tender for each place on the Panel. However the Authority reserves the right to change the number invited and the number of places if it chooses to. It is envisaged that some economic operators will be awarded more than one position.
k) The value stated at II.1.3) and II.2.1) is the best estimate of TfL and the GLA based on their combined historical and proposed usage. This could change significantly depending upon budgetary constraints and/or the usage by any other Authority listed above.

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

Transport for London
42-50 Victoria Street
SW1H 0TL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: http://www.tfl.gov.uk

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Transport for London
42-50 Victoria Street
SW1H 0TL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: http://www.tfl.gov.uk

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: This authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendarday standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to economicoperators. This period allows unsuccessful economic operators to seek further debriefing from the contractingauthority before any framework agreement is entered into. Economic operators have 2 working days fromnotification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provideda minimum of 3 working days before expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should berequested from the address in Section I.1). If an appeal regarding the award of a framework agreement has notbeen successfully resolved the (for Public Sector) Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) providefor aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in theHigh Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within3 months). Where a framework agreement has not been entered into the court may order the setting aside ofthe award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages.
If the framework agreement has been entered into the court may only award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Transport for London
42-50 Victoria Street
SW1H 0TL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: http://www.tfl.gov.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:5.9.2013