Highways England Archaeology Framework

Highways England Archaeology Framework

HE has highlighted the need for an archaeology framework with technically competent, capacity enabled suppliers.

United Kingdom-Bedford: Site-investigation services

2020/S 134-331367

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Highways England
Postal address: Woodlands, Manton Lane
Town: Bedford
NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
Postal code: MK41 7LW
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: annabel.dunn@highwaysengland.co.uk
Telephone: +44 7850907451

Internet address(es):Main address: www.highwaysengland.co.uk

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

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

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Archaeology Framework

II.1.2)Main CPV code

71510000 Site-investigation services

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Highways England (HE) has a legal obligation to ensure that archaeological remains are preserved, and recorded where new roads, motorway widening projects and trunk road improvements are built by providing appropriate archaeological expertise, advice on design and contract documentation, supervising, monitoring, search and recovery and reporting progress on all stages of work.

HE has highlighted the need for an archaeology framework with technically competent, capacity enabled suppliers, to provide a consistent route across programmes/directorates, drive savings and build direct relationships with suppliers. The framework will be enabled for use by Highways England other Contractors.

The framework will be composed of six lots. Work orders will be undertaken through lots 1a, 2a and 3a with values based on individual Schemes within each lot:

Lot 1a: up to GBP 2 million,

Lot 2a: GBP 2 million — <GBP 5 million,

Lot 3a: GBP 5 million or more.

Time charge orders will be undertaken through lots 1b 2b and 3b.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 250 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for maximum number of lots: 6
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 2
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot No: 1a

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

71351914 Archaeological services
71510000 Site-investigation services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of the services and works that will be delivered under the framework will cover six stages:

Stage 1: The provision of general early-stage, desk-based advice on the production and costing of deliverables and interventions to inform a submission.

Stage 2: Includes the provision of detailed assessment from the framework suppliers. This would cover the range of skill sets not normally found ‘in-house’ within the client’s design-consultancy providers.

Stage 3: Detailed design and implementation of investigations. The framework suppliers supply non-intrusive and intrusive archaeological investigations as appropriate.

Stage 4: Mitigation measures including:

• avoidance, preservation by burial or investigation in the case of archaeological remains;

• relocation, photographic or drawn to scale surveys in the case of historic buildings;

• recording, information panels or landscape works in the case of impacts on historic landscapes; and

• reduction to impact on setting through screening or landscaping.

Stage 5: Archaeological mitigation for on-site works

• preservation of archaeological sites in situ (some may require small scale investigation); and

• archaeological recording of assets to be removed by the package contract.

Stage 6: Archaeological mitigation programme for off-site works

• preliminary processing of excavated material and data;

• post-fieldwork assessment;

• analysis and publication; and

• public archaeology and community engagement.

Where archaeological remains are to be preserved in situ the archaeological. Supplier may be required to undertake or monitor other suppliers’ activities.

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: 19 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

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

Lot 1a is for schemes of value < 2 million. As the roads investment strategy 2 period progresses Highways England reserves the right to transfer any unallocated value between lots to fund additional schemes. When considering potential value of work which may be won by a successful supplier, tenderers should consider the total expected value of the framework as well as the relevant lot.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot No: 1b

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

71351914 Archaeological services
71510000 Site-investigation services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To provide time charge orders to support the development of work orders in lot 3a.

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: 16 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot No: 2a

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

71351914 Archaeological services
71510000 Site-investigation services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of all lots covers six stages:

Stage 1: The provision of general early-stage, desk-based advice on the production and costing of deliverables and interventions to inform a submission.

Stage 2: Includes the provision of detailed assessment from the framework suppliers. This would cover the range of skill sets not normally found ‘in-house’ within the Client’s design-consultancy providers.

Stage 3: Detailed design and implementation of investigations. The framework suppliers supply non-intrusive and intrusive archaeological investigations as appropriate.

Stage 4: Mitigation measures including:

• avoidance, preservation by burial or investigation in the case of archaeological remains;

• relocation, photographic or drawn to scale surveys in the case of historic buildings;

• recording, information panels or landscape works in the case of impacts on historic landscapes; and

• reduction to impact on setting through screening or landscaping.

Stage 5: archaeological mitigation for on-site works:

• preservation of archaeological sites in situ (some may require small scale investigation); and

• archaeological recording of assets to be removed by the package contract.

Stage 6: archaeological mitigation programme for off-site works

• preliminary processing of excavated material and data;

• post-fieldwork assessment;

• analysis and publication; and

• public archaeology and community engagement.

Where archaeological remains are to be preserved in situ the archaeological supplier may be required to undertake or monitor other suppliers’ activities.

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: 72 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

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

Lot 2a is for schemes of value GBP 2 million — < GBP 5 million. As the roads investment strategy 2 period progresses Highways England reserves the right to transfer any unallocated value between lots to fund additional schemes. When considering potential value of work which may be won by a successful supplier, tenderers should consider the total expected value of the framework as well as the relevant lot.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot No: 2b

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

71351914 Archaeological services
71510000 Site-investigation services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To provide time charge orders to support the development of work orders in lot 1a.

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: 1 900 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot No: 3a

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

71351914 Archaeological services
71510000 Site-investigation services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of all lots covers six stages:

Stage 1: The provision of general early-stage, desk-based advice on the production and costing of deliverables and interventions to inform a submission.

Stage 2: Includes the provision of detailed assessment from the framework suppliers. This would cover the range of skill sets not normally found ‘in-house’ within the client’s design-consultancy providers.

Stage 3: Detailed design and implementation of investigations. The framework suppliers supply non-intrusive and intrusive archaeological investigations as appropriate, at the direction of the client.

Stage 4: Mitigation measures including:

• avoidance, preservation by burial or investigation in the case of archaeological remains;

• relocation, photographic or drawn to scale surveys in the case of historic buildings;

• recording, information panels or landscape works in the case of impacts on historic landscapes; and

• reduction to impact on setting through screening or landscaping.

Stage 5: archaeological mitigation for on-site works

• preservation of archaeological sites in situ (some may require small scale investigation); and

• archaeological recording of assets to be removed by the package contract.

Stage 6: Archaeological mitigation programme for off-site works:

• preliminary processing of excavated material and data;

• post-fieldwork assessment;

• analysis and publication; and

• public archaeology and community engagement.

Where archaeological remains are to be preserved in situ the archaeological. Supplier may be required to undertake or monitor other suppliers’ activities.

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: 159 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

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

Lot 3a is for schemes of value > GBP 5 million. As the roads investment strategy 2 period progresses Highways England reserves the right to transfer any unallocated value between lots to fund additional schemes. When considering potential value of work which may be won by a successful supplier, tenderers should consider the total expected value of the framework as well as the relevant lot.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot No: 3b

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

71351914 Archaeological services
71510000 Site-investigation services

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To provide time charge orders to support the development of work orders in lot 2a.

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: 7 200 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

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.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

Constructionline (https:/constructionline.co.uk/) is the UK Government’s national pre-qualification register for construction contractors and consultants. Applicants may demonstrate their suitability for a number of aspects in the selection questionnaire through providing their registration number for their valid and up-to-date Constructionline account. Contractors or Incorporated Joint Ventures submitting an application should provide their Constructionline registration number. For unincorporated Joint Ventures submitting an application each member of the group should provide their individual Constructionline registration number. Constructionline members are requested to ensure their profile is valid and up to date for the purposes of this tendering process. Where applicants do not have a Constructionline account or a valid and up to date Constructionline account, they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their sustainability through other means, in accordance with the procurement documents.

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
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

An applicant or any associated company of an applicant, is not permitted to:

(a) be a member of more than one joint venture;

(b) apply for the same lot as one of its associated companies;

(c) apply in its own right for a lot where a joint venture to which it or one of its associated companies belongs has applied.

A form of parent company guarantee or another suitable form of security may be required during the term of the contract where the economic and financial standing of the applicant does not meet the required level as stated in the procurement documents.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

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
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

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.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

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

Date: 18/08/2020
Local time: 12:00
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

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 18/08/2020
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

The contracting authority will use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction. How to take part in this tender:

1) register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):

— visit https://highways.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register,

— accept the terms and conditions and click ‘Continue’,

— enter your business and user details,

— note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete,

— you will shortly receive an email with your unique password;

2) express an interest in the tender:

— login to the portal,

— click the ‘PQQs/ITTs Open to All Suppliers’ link. (These are pre-qualification questionnaires or invitations to tender open to any registered supplier),

— click on the relevant PQQ/ITT to access the content,

— click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of this page.

This will move the PQQ/ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITT’s page (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only). You can access any attachments by clicking the ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the PQQ/ITT Details box;

3) responding to the tender

— click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ITT Details’, you can ‘Create Response’ or ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining). You can use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification. Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ITT. There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). Submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult online help or contact the eTendering help desk.

Tender documentation for contracts over GBP 10 000 will be published on a Powered by BravoSolution eSourcing Technology single website, made available to the public. You should also be aware that if your bid is successful the resulting contract will be published. In some circumstances, limited redactions will be made to tender documentation and/or contracts before they are published in order to comply with existing law, to protect commercial interests and for the protection of national security. This procurement falls within the scope of HM Revenue and Customs’ Construction Industry Scheme. The contract data will confirm the details of the relevant contract dates and durations. It is mandatory for new Central Government contracts, which feature characteristics involving the handling of personal data and ICT systems designed to store or process data at the Official level of the Government Security Classifications scheme (link below), to comply with Cyber Essentials. www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications

All potential tenderers for Central Government contracts, featuring the above characteristics, should be aware of the requirements for the appropriate level of certification. Further information: www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-essentials-scheme-overview

The tenderer with the most economically advantageous tender will be required to accept the Highways England Fair Payment Charter as a condition of acceptance of their tender. Highways England intends to work with the winning bidder to explore opportunities for further efficiencies and improvements; discussions will take place during the mobilisation period. Highways England reserve the right to invite or not invite variant bids at their sole discretion. Further information will be set out in the tender documents.

Contract dates stated are indicative and may be subject to change.

Highways England reserves the right to transfer any unallocated value between lots to fund additional schemes. An online tender event will be held w/c 13 July to explain aspects of the tender process and documentation. if you are interested in attending please contact alison.perry@highwaysengland.co.uk

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: see details at VI.4.3
Town: Bedford
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Highways England will incorporate a minimum 10 day standstill period at the point information on award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Appeals should be lodged in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2006 No 5) as amended.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

08/07/2020