Forestry England Helicopter Services Tender 

Forestry England Helicopter Services Tender

Provision of helicopter services for aerial surveillance and photography for plant health purposes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

United Kingdom-Bristol: Hire of helicopters with crew

2020/S 228-563043

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Forestry England
Postal address: 620 Coldharbour Lane, Winterbourne
Town: Bristol
NUTS code: UKK SOUTH WEST (ENGLAND)
Postal code: BS16 1EJ
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: arran.price@forestryengland.uk
Telephone: +44 300067400
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.forestryengland.uk/

I.3)Communication

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

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office

I.5)Main activity

Environment

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Helicopter Services for Aerial Surveillance in Support of Plant Health Operations

 

Reference number: FEE/0794

II.1.2)Main CPV code

60424120 Hire of helicopters with crew

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Provision of helicopter services for aerial surveillance and photography for plant health purposes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 500 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

34711000 Helicopters and aeroplanes
34711500 Helicopters
35612300 Support helicopters
35612500 Search and rescue helicopters
60424120 Hire of helicopters with crew

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKK SOUTH WEST (ENGLAND)
Main site or place of performance:

SOUTH WEST (ENGLAND).

 

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

 

We will be awarding a framework agreement for the supply of helicopter services for aerial surveillance and photography for plant health purposes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This framework agreement requires provision of helicopter services for aerial surveillance and is therefore not suitable for suppliers of UAV (drone) services.

Due to the legal nature of the requirement for this tender we cannot provide precise financial estimates. We cannot forward forecast the occurrence of disease, any impacts or the budget we can make available. The value of this framework agreement could therefore change subject to these parameters.

Our objective for this framework agreement is to work in close association with the successful bidder to provide expert helicopter services for aerial surveillance and photography for plant health purposes. This will enable us to generate results that are of benefit to the whole forest estate in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This surveillance work is seen as key to improving the Forestry Commission’s knowledge of tree pest and disease progression and evaluating results of controls already implemented.

As the customer on this framework contract the Forestry Commission will aim to provide operational information to the contractor as soon as it available to help with the successful completion of the contract. There is an expectation of rapid response from the successful bidder, upon our request, to provide piloted aircraft for the work detailed in the framework contract. Due to the nature of the work required and the time frame involved, a high degree of flexibility is required once a call-off contract has been issued.

Operational flexibility is required due to the variable timing of the spring leaf flush, weather conditions, disease progression, photographic conditions, and for contingency planning. A provisional plan will be drawn up between Forestry Commission’s Plant Health Forestry (Tree Health) contacts and the contractor to cover the peak period of April to October but a high degree of flexibility will be required when consolidating the plan and providing rapid response to flight plan requests.

 

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

Value excluding VAT: 1 500 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Annual break points will be available within the framework agreement in January each year at which time we will decide whether the framework agreement will continue.

 

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no

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.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open 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.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

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

Date: 18/12/2020
Local time: 17:00
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:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 18/12/2020
Local time: 17:01

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.3)Additional information:

 

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:

https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Bristol:-Hire-of-helicopters-with-crew./TFUR4ZK4M6

To respond to this opportunity, please click here:

https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/TFUR4ZK4M6

Go reference: GO-20201118-PRO-17388077

 

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Forestry England
Postal address: 620 Coldharbour Lane, Winterbourne
Town: Bristol
Postal code: BS16 1EJ
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000676400

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

18/11/2020