Grounds Maintenance Services Leicester
Maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 72.
UK-Leicester: grounds maintenance services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (see www.espo.org) for itself and on behalf of the ‘Pro 5’ Group of Professional Buying Organisations (see http://www.espo.org/index.asp?CMD=PRO)
Barnsdale Way, Grove Park
Contact point(s): Hollie Ruston
LE19 1ES Leicester
Telephone: +44 1162657928
Fax: +44 1162944399
General address of the contracting authority: www.espo.org
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and 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)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
Other: Local Authority Services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes
Organisations stated in section II.1.5
further information contact ESPO, Barnsdale Way
LE19 1ES Leicester
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Grounds Maintenance Services – 245/12.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 14: Building-cleaning services and property management services
NUTS code UK
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: 72
Duration of the framework agreement
Duration in years: 2
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 4 000 000 and 80 000 000 GBP
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Grounds maintenance services. ESPO, on behalf of the Pro5 group of professional buying organisations, is seeking to establish a framework agreement with a number of contractors for the provision of grounds maintenance services for schools and other educational establishments (including academies). The key aim of the framework is to promote cost savings and create efficiencies by providing these organisations access to pre-approved contractors whom they may appoint using a simple and streamlined procurement process.
Recognising the nature of the supply market, a regional approach will be adopted based upon the nine English regions together with other parts of the UK, in all cases subdivided into smaller geographical areas in order to avoid excluding smaller contractors. Contractors are invited to bid for as many geographical regions as they wish.
The framework will be widely publicised by Pro5 and it is anticipated that it will become a recognised procurement route for grounds maintenance services for schools and other educational establishments. The framework will be accessed using secondary competitions, supported by a suite of template documentation to simplify mini-tender processes for both the client and contractor.
Whilst initially for use by all schools and other educational establishments across the UK, Pro5 being Central Purchasing Bodies as defined by the EU Combined Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC, the Framework Agreement may also be open for use by the following classifications of users throughout all administrative regions of the UK: Local Authority Councils; Police, Fire & Rescue and Coastguard Emergency Services; NHS and HSC Bodies, including Ambulance Services; Central Government Departments and their Agencies; Registered Charities; Registered Social Landlords. Full details of the classification of end user establishments and geographical areas is available on: http://www.espo.org/ojeu-framework-permissible-users
. ESPO also reserve the right to access the framework during its term should it wish to do so.
Please note that while an e-Auction will not be used in establishing this framework, an e-Auction process may be used to award subsequent call off contracts following the reopening of competition among the parties to the framework agreement.
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
This contract is divided into lots: no
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:
The value of 4 000 000 GBP is the estimated potential value based on potential participating schools and other educational establishments (including academies). The value of participation by other clients cannot be calculated accurately or guaranteed – but has nevertheless been incorporated within a range of 4 000 000 GBP to 80 000 000 GBP for the duration (including the extension option referred to at Section II.2.2).
II.2.2)Information about options
Description of these options: The framework agreement has the option to extend for up to a further 24 months. The total estimated values stated in Section II.1.4 include the option period.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Starting 1.7.2012. Completion 30.6.2014
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Joint and several liability.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The Supplier agrees that there shall be no discrimination by it against any person with respect to opportunity for employment or conditions of employment, because of age, culture, disability, gender, marital status, race, religion or sexual orientation. The Supplier shall in all matters arising in the performance of the Agreement comply with the provisions of the Sex Discrimination act 1975 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and any regulations made there under. The Supplier shall in all matters arising in the performance of the Agreement comply with the provisions of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006. The Supplier must comply with the provisions of the Race Relations Act 1976, the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2002 and the Equality Act 2010 and shall ensure that they perform their responsibilities under this Agreement with due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination, and to promote equality of opportunity and good relationships between different racial groups.
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 Invitation to Tender.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As detailed in the Invitation to Tender.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As detailed in the Invitation to Tender.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 24.4.2012
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
1.5.2012 – 17:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
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,and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. 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, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.
Please note that the number of contractors offered a place on the framework will depend in part upon the number and nature of tenders received, but the objective will be to ensure that framework offers clients a choice of a least eight contractors in each of the nine geographical regions as outlined in the Invitation to Tender. Given that some contractors may be able to supply services to several or all of these geographical regions, the number of contractors awarded onto the framework may therefore be significantly lower than the figure specified in Section II.1.4. GO Reference: GO-201236-PRO-3764593.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: ESPO on behalf of Pro5 Group will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point information on the decision to award the contract is communicated to tenderers. This decision notice will incorporate the award criteria, the reasons for the decision, the reasons (if any) why a tenderer did not meet any technical specification, the identity of the successful tenderer(s) and a precise statement of when the standstill period is expected to end. Any appeal or challenge against the award decision must be communicated to the address stated in section I.1 within the standstill period. If an appeal or challenge regarding the decision to award the contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) provide for aggrieved parties who have suffered harm or are at risk of harm by a breach of the procurement rules to take action in the High Court (England Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months) (NB this time limit may be reduced to 30 days in circumstances where the contract award has been publicised to all participants in accordance with the Regulations). Where a legal challenge is launched against the award decision ESPO on behalf of Pro5 Group is obliged to suspend the making of the contract. Where a challenge is made after the contract has been entered into then that contract could be declared ineffective and/or shortened and/or a fine imposed by the court, but only where the court are satisfied that there has been a serious breach of the procurement rules.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:6.3.2012