Engineering Services for United Utilities

Engineering Services for United Utilities

The AMP6 Engineering Consultancy Services will work within all areas of the UUW business, including but not limited to Capital Delivery, Wholesale, Strategic Projects and Retail.

United Kingdom-Warrington: Engineering services

2013/S 140-244675

Contract notice – utilities


Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

United Utilities Water plc
Haweswater House, Lingley Mere Business Park, Gt. Sankey
WA5 3LP Warrington

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity:

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


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

The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


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

AMP6 (and potentially AMP7) Engineering Services.

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

Service category No 12: Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape engineering services; related scientific and technical consulting services; technical testing and analysis services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: North West England.

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: 3
Duration of the framework agreementDuration in years: 12
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 80 000 000 and 240 000 000 GBP

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

The AMP6 (and potentially AMP7) strategy for Engineering combines a primary focus on Engineering’s internal customer groups with a secondary focus on what it needs to deliver at each stage of the asset life cycle. This matrix model will provide a focus on customers and processes coupled with clear accountability and a line of sight into Engineering for its primary stakeholders. Engineering will be able to develop processes and talent around the asset life cycle and interface with its customers whilst having the flexibility to change and grow to reflect fluctuating demands and requirements.
This proposed model will mean a significant shift from the current way that Engineering operates and interacts both internally with stakeholders as well as externally with the supply chain much earlier in the project life-cycle. On a day-to-day basis, Engineering will form Project Teams that are aligned with their customer groups and provide engineering input across the life cycle of the project either the full lifetime of a project or just a part of it. Engineering’s effort will be more focused on the high-value Strategy, Needs and Outcome definition phases of the project, with the supply chain involved early to complete design and build, drive innovation, and provide Totex solutions. Engineering will assure the overall process delivers the desired technical outcomes through to Handover and Optimisation, getting much closer to the operation of the assets.
The shift in Engineering’s focus will mean reduced effort in the definition phase of a project with the vast majority of projects handed over to our Design and Build partners for them to identify solutions, design and construct.
The AMP6 Engineering Consultancy Services will work within all areas of the UUW business, including but not limited to Capital Delivery, Wholesale, Strategic Projects and Retail. AMP6 Partners will be required to provide expertise, guidance, support and resources for all aspects of the engineering service this will include but not be limited to:
Needs definition
Solution identification
Requirements specification
Root cause analysis
Asset optimisation
Data gathering, interpretation and communication
Data analytics
Outline design
Project and Programme management
Business planning
Network modelling and model maintenance
The specific engineering services requirements in a call-off will be driven by the particular needs of each project. It is intended that the service providers engaged on projects may form part of the project team and work as part of UU Engineering as well as provide services through a more traditional consultancy model. To cover these requirements the Company is seeking to award a Framework or Frameworks (up to a maximum of three) that provide the most economic advantageous proposals to the Company. Partial bids will not be considered in connection with this project. Applicants may wish to consider the formation of a Consortium or JV and in this case a condition of the prequalification process is that all members shall have Joint and Several Liability.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71300000, 71322400, 72242000, 71322200, 71241000, 65100000, 71200000, 71530000, 71510000, 71700000, 71800000, 73200000, 90400000, 90700000, 71000000

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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: United Utilities Water plc currently envisages awarding framework agreement(s) for an initial term of 4 years with the ability to award optional extensions of up to a further 8 years in aggregate, such extensions being at the sole discretion of United Utilities Water plc.

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: 144 (from the award of the contract)

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 parent company guarantees, performance bonds or other forms of security.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

To be identified in the Invitation to Negotiate.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

In the case of an award to a consortium, alliance or joint venture etc. all members shall be required to contract in any one of the following forms
i) Contractual joint venture with joint & severable liability under English Law;
ii) Corporate joint venture;
iii) Contractor/subcontractor(s) relationship.
Where a company representing a consortium, alliance or joint venture expresses an interest, the company who responds to this notice will be deemed to be the lead bidder to whom all communication will be addressed.
Subcontracting will be permitted.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions:

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: As detailed in the Pre-qualification Document and/or the Invitation to Negotiate.
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: Information and formalities necessery for evaluating if the requirements are met: please refer to the Pre-qualification Document.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Information and formalities necessery for evaluating if the requirements are met: please refer to the Pre-qualification Document.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Information and formalities necessery for evaluating if the requirements are met: please refer to the Pre-qualification Document.
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

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: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: Applicants should note that the Company reserves the right to hold additional negotiation rounds or an electronic auction, following tender submissions as part of its Invitation to Negotiate Process.
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

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 16.8.2013 – 10:00
Payable documents: no

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

16.8.2013 – 10:00
IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.3.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Authorised representatives of United Utilities Water plc.

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:

All Expressions of interest to be submitted to the email address: given in section 1.1) above.

Upon expression of interest receipt, details will be provided on how to retrieve the Prequalification Questionnaire Document.
Completed Prequalification Questionnaire Documentation should be submitted in the manner stated in the Prequalification Questionnaire Document. The contracting entity reserves the right not to award any part of this framework. Bidding is at the risk and cost of the Bidder.
Applicants should also be aware that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) (or its European equivalent) may apply from existing frameworks delivering AMP5 Services.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

High Court of England and Wales

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: In accordance with part 9 of the Utilities Contract Regulations 2006 (as amended).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:18.7.2013