Engineering Inspections Contract – County Durham

Engineering Inspections Contract – County Durham

This Framework is to appoint a single contractor to deliver engineering inspections for Durham County Council in line with statutory requirements.

United Kingdom-Durham: Technical testing, analysis and consultancy services

2020/S 024-055332

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Durham County Council
Postal address: Corporate Procurement, County Hall
Town: Durham
NUTS code: UKC14
Postal code: DH1 5UL
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Kelly Stewart

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 to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Framework Agreement for Engineering Inspections

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

This framework is to appoint a single contractor to deliver engineering inspections for Durham County Council in line with statutory requirements.

This contract will cover the provision of engineering inspections for plant and equipment to ensure compliance with current Regulations, this contract includes a requirement for an initial audit of properties and equipment to enable the creation of an accurate asset database to facilitate the contract and effective maintenance. The contract is to cover a wide and diverse range of properties, including office accommodation, public buildings, educational establishments, leisure facilities, fire and rescue stations and domestic properties of vulnerable people.

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: UK
Main site or place of performance:

Framework will be available for use by DCC and additional contracting authorities and NFP Community Leisure Organ where they have entered into a SLA with DCC.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The main 4 service areas (this also has sub areas within the service areas) include:

Area 1 fleet – vehicles and workshop equipment under the Regeneration and Local Services Grouping of the Council;

Area 2 personal equipment — for example slings, hoists harnesses to name a few under Children and Young People Services (CYPS) and Adult and Health Services (AHS) service grouping of the Council;

Area 3 building and facilities management – fixed building and equipment under the Regeneration and Local Services Grouping of the Council;

Area 4 Other areas for example school equipment.

The Council reserves the right to add additional areas on throughout the duration of the contract including any extensions taken.

It is the successful contractor’s responsibility to provide a live inventory of equipment at each establishment for this contract, ongoing throughout the duration and before the expiry of the Contract. It is expected that all establishments will have had the relevant inspections on site and be suitably equipped, reports and updates for each individual establishment must be continuously updated and forwarded to the allocated officers of Durham County Council as changes or amendments are made. Current status meetings will form part of this monitoring process.

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

Start: 01/08/2020
End: 31/07/2022
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The proposed contract is to be let with an option to extend for up to a further 2 *12 months from the actual end date.

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

Envisaged number of candidates: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

The Council intends to invite the 5 highest scoring bidders to tender, subject to having also passed Part 1, Part 2, and the other sections of Part 3, and achieved a minimum weighted score of 60 % for the technical questions in this section.

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

The documents must be downloaded from and insert reference DN461597 into the supplier area. Any questions must be raised via this system.

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

Restricted procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
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: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

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

Date: 09/03/2020
Local time: 12:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 24/03/2020

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:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: The High Court of England and Wales
Postal address: 7 Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane
Town: London
Postal code: EC4A 1NL
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: address:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The contracting authority incorporated a standstill period at the point information of the award of the Contract was communicated to bidders. That notification provided full information on the award decision. The standstill period which was for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provided time for the unsuccessful bidder to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public Regulations 2015 provide the aggrieved parties who have been harmed or at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England,Wales and Northern Ireland).

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: