Geotechnical Site Investigation Tender

Geotechnical Site Investigation Tender

Lot 1. Ground Investigation Services (including geotechnical and geoenvironmental investigation). Geophysical (downhold and surface). Lot 2. Offshire Geophysical Surveying. Lot 3. Hydrogeological Drilling and Well Services.

United Kingdom-Warrington: Geotechnical engineering services

2014/S 138-248580

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
For the attention of: Joanne Scragg
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:

PRO1818 – Geotechnical Site Investigation.

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: 15

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 12

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 0 and 60 000 000 GBP

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

The Contracting Entity invests significantly in maintaining and improving water and wastewater networks. The Contracting Entity has awarded its main framework agreements for AMP6 which will start in April 2015. These agreement have been awarded to an Engineering Services Provider (ESP) and Construction Delivery Partners (CDP’s). These agreements have an option to run for 12 years in total, extending into the AMP7 period.
Consistent with earlier AMP’s, the Contracting Entity will award frameworks to enable access to a range of:
— Gound Investigation (GI) framework contractors to undertake a programme of exploratory work in support of the capital investment programme, strategic studies and maintenance activities.
— Geophyiscal Investigation (offshore/overwater) framework contractors to undertaken hydrographic/bathymetric and sub bed profile surveys supporting GI framework activity, capital investment, studies and maintenance.
— Hydrogeolopgical and well drilling contractors to support the capital investment programme, strategic and testing studies and maintenance activities.
Contractors will be expected to engage with a number fo parties, namely:
The Contracting Entity
ESP and CDP’s
Competitive Tender Contractors
Other GI framework contractors
Contractors will need the capability to delivery work acting as Principal Contractor and to deliver work as contractor to others who are acting as Principal Contractor
The ITN documents and resultant contracts shall be divided into lots as follows:
Lot 1
— Ground Investigation Services (including geotechnical and geoenvironmental investigation).
— Geophysical (downhold and surface).
Lot 2
— Offshire Geophysical Surveying.
Lot 3
— Hydrogeological Drilling and Well Services.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


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: 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:

Lot 1 Scope
— Boreholes to investigate ground and groundwater conditions,
— Trial pits to investigate ground and groundwater conditions,
— Installation of/monitoring a range of geotechnical/geoenvironmental instruction,
— Downhold geophysics,
— CPT work,
— Other insitu testing (pumping tests, down hold and surface tests),
— Geotechnical/geoenvironmental laboratory testing,
— Specialist site access arrangements,
— Reporting, GIR, part GIR, component GDR, geoenvironmental reports, AGS format reporting.
Lot 2 Scope
— Multi beam bathymetry surveys, reduction and analysis, plus ability tocreate digital thematic mapping and difference charts from past and present edlectronic data,
— Magnetometer surveys and associated analysis,
— Sub-bottom profiling with interpretation for geophysics and pipe locating,
— Topographic surveys of inter tidal zone,
— Correlation of geophysical surveys results to intrusive investigation,
— Reporting.
Lot 3 Scope
— Rotary drilling works (including 500 to 1 000 mm diameter holes),
— Well hole development,
— Well hole logging,
— Well maintenance,
— Reporting.

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The Contracting Entity intends to award framework agreement(s) for up to 12 years duration, commencing in 2014 with an initial term of 5 years and with the ability to award optional extensions of up to a further 7 years in aggregate, such extensions being exercisable at the sole discretion of the Contracting Entity.

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

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 Invitation to Tender.
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: As detailed in the Prequalification Document.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As detailed in the Prequalification Document.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As detailed in the Prequalification 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: no

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: no
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

Payable documents: no

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

26.8.2014 – 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
The tender process will be conducted through the Contracting Entity’s electronic tendering system, namely SAP E-sourcing.

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:

To access the Prequalification Document please email a request to the email address given in 1.1.
Upon receipt of such email, log-in details shall be provided to the interested party to enable access to the Prequalification Document. Completed Prequalification Documentation should be submitted to the address and in the manner stated in the Prequalification 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.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

High Court of England & Wales

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Entity will incorporate a standstill period at the point at which information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Utilities Contracts Regulations (SI 2006 No6) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court of England & Wales.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: