Ground Investigation Work Greater Manchester

Ground Investigation Work Greater Manchester

The Homes and Communities Agency is seeking to appoint a contractor to carry out ground investigations at Murrays’ Mills, Ancoats, Manchester, a complex of Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings enclosing a courtyard with a canal basin at the centre.

Murrays’ Mills Ground Investigation

Reference number: HCAP14017

Deadline date:10/07/2013

This deadline is for… Expressions of Interest and Receipt of Tenders by 1pm

Contract value:£25,000 – £50,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Greater Manchester MURRAY’S MILLS, ANCOATS, MANCHESTER

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Homes and Communities Agency


Description of the contract

The Homes and Communities Agency is seeking to appoint a contractor to carry out ground investigations at Murrays’ Mills, Ancoats, Manchester, a complex of Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings enclosing a courtyard with a canal basin at the centre. The purpose of the investigation is to gain an understanding of site wide ground conditions and the distribution of any buried historical structures, and the findings will be used to inform future proposals to bring the site back into use. The investigation will comprise 3 cable percussive boreholes, 10 window sample holes, 5 mechanically excavated trial pits and a trial trench around the canal basin and courtyard. The cable percussive boreholes will have a rotary core drill follow on to confirm the strength and composition of the bedrock. Seventeen hand dug trial pits will be excavated within the internal areas of the existing New Mill, Old Mill/Decker Mill and Murray Street buildings to record stratigraphy and confirm the foundation conditions of material supporting the internal concrete ring beams. Areas of standing water in the former engine house will be pumped to assist determination of the point of water ingress. Monitoring wells are to be installed in boreholes and window sample holes and subsequent gas and groundwater monitoring undertaken. The investigation will also comprise a hydraulic assessment of the former canal tunnel which connected the canal basin to the Rochdale Canal. The hydraulic assessment shall establish: – The extent of works undertaken historically to plug the hydraulic linkage between the canal basin and Rochdale Canal, including the extent of any infilling works; – Water levels through and around the canal tunnel, canal basin and the Rochdale Canal; – Condition of the canal tunnel between the Decker Mill plug and where it has been bricked up at the Rochdale Canal, including camera/visual inspection; – If the wall is shared between the Decker Mill and canal tunnel; – The condition of the Decker Mill plug and Rochdale Canal plug The investigation is provisionally scheduled to commence in the week of Monday 5th August and, with the exception of the gas and groundwater monitoring, to complete within 8 weeks. Contractors must be able to commence the investigation within a reasonable timescale. The investigation will be carried out under the Infrastructure Conditions of Contract Ground Investigation Version August 2011, subject to amendments detailed in the tender documentation. Contractors should note that they will be required to provide a collateral warranty to future purchasers/developers of Murrays’ Mills, based on the Homes & Communities Agency’s standard form of warranty which is included in the tender documentation.



Classification of the contract

45121000 Test drilling work

45122000 Test boring work


Additional information

Contract type: Works – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 56 Days


Who to contact

Contact name Michael Walmsley

Organisation name Homes and Communities Agency

Address One Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, , M1 1RG

Telephone 0161 200 6174

Extension number:


How to apply

The investigation is being procured via a Single Stage tender procedure. Tender documentation will be issued to all candidates who express their interest to the HCA Contact in response to this notice. The Single Tender will include for a mandatory PQQ section which all contractors will be required to satisfy prior to price and quality aspects of their tender submissions being reviewed. The mandatory requirements will include the following: Health & Safety – as part of the procurement process, the HCA needs to be satisfied that you have systems in place for managing health and safety within your business. Organisations wishing to tender for the HCA Contracts must be either accredited to OHSAS18001 or registered and assessed by a prequalification assessment scheme which is a member of SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement). This also applies to Non Construction companies. Registration and assessment must be in place prior to tendering. Further information on SSIP and details of assessment scheme members can be found on Evidence of accreditation will be sought within the tender submission. Insurance – contractors are required to have in place or provided assurances that these will be in place by the Contract Commencement Date Public Liability insurance cover of £5m million and Employers Liability Cover of £10 million to undertake this Contract respectively. The Contract will be awarded based on ‘Value for Money’, and tenders which meet the mandatory requirements will be evaluated according to Price/Quality criteria with a 70/30 weighting. An opportunity to visit the site for viewing is available between 8.30am and 12pm on Monday 1st July. Contractors should contact the HCA Contact to make arrangements. Any requests for further information or clarification of the tender documents must be received in writing by Monday 3rd July. All discussions, meetings and communications will be conducted in English. The contract will be subject to English law. Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in GBP and all payments under the contract will be made in GBP. This procurement and award is subject to the transparency arrangements being adopted by the UK Government. These arrangements include the publication of tender documentation issued by the HCA and the contract between the HCA and supplier. Bidders should highlight any areas they consider commercially sensitive in order for the HCA to be able to honour our transparency obligations without undermining the bidder’s commercial interests. Candidates are advised that the HCA is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“The Act”). If a candidate considers that any of the information supplied as part of this procurement procedure should not be disclosed because of its commercial sensitivity, confidential or otherwise, they must, when providing this information, clearly identify the specific information they do not wish to be disclosed and clearly specify the reasons for its sensitivity. The HCA shall take such statements into consideration in the event that it receives a request pursuant to the Act which relates to the information provided by the interested party. Please note, it is insufficient to include a statement of confidentiality encompassing all the information provided in the response. The HCA takes a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and sets high standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to the stewardship of public funds and the management of its activities. The principles contained within this policy apply to both internal and external audiences, including anyone wishing to undertake business or engage with the HCA. Please refer to our Anti-bribery and Corruption Policy by visiting for further information.