Highways England Forensic Audit Framework

Highways England Forensic Audit Framework

The intention of this new Framework is to procure fully independent auditing of the commercial activities associated with current and future projects and contracts.

United Kingdom-Birmingham: Accounting and auditing services

2020/S 232-573911

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Highways England
Postal address: The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street
Town: Birmingham
Postal code: B1 1RN
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: brad.benson@highwaysengland.co.uk
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england
Address of the buyer profile: https://highways.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


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


Forensic Audit Framework


II.1.2)Main CPV code

79210000 Accounting and auditing services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:


The intention of this new framework is to procure fully independent auditing of the commercial activities associated with current and future projects and contracts.

This will be delivered via discrete package orders which will be for thorough and focused audit activities which could be targeted at any of Highways England’s projects, programmes or third party procurement agreements.

The scope of the audits will be to focus on the contractual compliance, activities and performance of Highways England’s third party providers as well as the interaction with and of the activities of internal Highways England team who are part of project/programme delivery.

This is to ensure the validity, integrity, reliability and independence of the audit findings.


II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 8 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

71322100 Quantity surveying services for civil engineering works
71324000 Quantity surveying services
79200000 Accounting, auditing and fiscal services
79212000 Auditing services
79212100 Financial auditing services

II.2.3)Place of performance


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Highways England is looking for a maximum of six suppliers on a single lot framework to deliver forensic commercial auditing services for a breadth of existing and future contracts.


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: 8 000 000.00 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.2.13)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
III.2)Conditions related to the contract

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

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure


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 several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 6

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

Notice number in the OJ S: 2020/S 143-352991

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

Date: 31/12/2020
Local time: 14:00
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:


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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 23/12/2020
Local time: 13:15

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.3)Additional information:


The contracting authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise. Suppliers instructions on how to take part in this tender:

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

— browse to the eSourcing portal: https://highways.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register;

— accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’;

— enter your correct business and user details;

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

— you will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).

2) Express an Interest in the tender:

— login to the portal with the username/password;

— 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 now 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 choose to ‘Create Response’ or ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining);

— you can now 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).

You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

The successful tenderer will be required to sign the Highways England Fair Payment Charter as a condition of acceptance of their tender.

As a supplier/organisation looking to bid for public sector contracts you should be aware that tender documentation for contracts over GBP 10 000 will be published on a single website and 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. Highways England are committed to ensuring public sector procurement is used, where possible, to promote skills training and open up apprenticeship opportunities on public sector projects and programmes. 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.


VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Highways England Company Ltd
Postal address: The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street
Town: Birmingham
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: Brad.Benson@highwaysengland.co.uk
Internet address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: