National Plant Hire Framework Agreement

National Plant Hire Framework Agreement

The Environment Agency requires a range of plant and equipment in order to undertake its front line services across England (and Wales). The Agency has its own plant holding but requires hired in kit to supplement this.

UK-Reading: mobile plant construction work

2012/S 105-175329

Contract notice

Supplies

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Environment Agency
Kings Meadow House, Kings Meadow Road
For the attention of: Rebecca Minter
RG1 8DQ Reading
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1189535750
E-mail: rebecca.minter@environment-agency.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1189535819

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.environment-agency.gov.uk

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

National or federal agency/office
I.3)Main activity

Environment
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

National Plant Hire Framework Agreement.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Supplies
A combination of these
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 a single operator
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 3
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 16 000 000,00 and 24 000 000,00 GBP

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

The Environment Agency requires a range of plant and equipment in order to undertake its front line services across England (and Wales). The Agency has its own plant holding but requires hired in kit to supplement this.
This framework agreement will include the provision of both operated and nonoperated plant. The range of equipment includes but is not limited to: construction plant (including crane hire), earth moving plant, low loaders, pumps, generators of various sizes, site accommodation, mobile fencing, and agricultural plant and equipment (in particular tractors, trailers etc).
Users may require spot hire, short-term, medium-term and longer term plant hire (up to a year). Certain pieces of kit will need to be available on a 24hours a day, 7 days a week basis.
The Environment Agency is ideally seeking one supplier who can provide the full range of equipment and services. We would be interested in exploring the option of one principal supplier supplementing their offering with a well managed cross hire service. Interested parties are therefore encouraged to enter into dialogue with other providers in the industry to determine whether opportunities exist for collaboration.
We intend to award a framework agreement for an initial period of three years with an option to extend for up to a further year.
During the term of the framework agreement the Environment Agency may consider the possibility of selling some of our owned underutilised fleet to the successful contractor with a view to either leasing or hiring the equipment back.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45252110

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots

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:
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The framework agreement will be awarded for an initial period of three years with an option at the Environment Agencys discretion to extend for up to a further year.
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 1.4.2013. Completion 31.3.2016

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:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: Evidence of economic and financial standing and technical competence will be required, each application will be sent a questionnaire.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
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

Restricted
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

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

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)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

25928
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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: 26.6.2012 – 00:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

3.7.2012 – 00:00
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

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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

Right to Cancel.
The Environment Agency reserves the right to discontinue the procurement process at any time, which shall include the right not to award a framework or contract, and does not bind itself to accept the lowest tender, or any tender received, and reserves the right to award the framework or contract in part, or to call for new tenders should it consider this necessary.
The Environment Agency shall not be liable for any costs or expenses incurred by any candidate or tenderer in connection with the completion and return of the information requested in this Contract Notice, or in the completion or submission of any tender.
Other Authorities Involved.
This contract/framework is primarily intended to meet the needs of the Environment Agency. The Agency may require the successful bidder(s) to provide the goods/services on the same terms that are agreed as a result of this tender to the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and to its associated bodies including any Agencies and non departmental public bodies. A full list can be found at: http://archive.defra.gov.uk/corporate/about/with/delivery/landscape/documents/public-bodies.pdf

Similarly the contractor may be required to supply the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Welsh Assembly Government, including its Agencies, and the Forestry Commission, including its Executive Agencies.
On Tuesday 29.11.2011 John Griffiths AM, Welsh Government Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, announced that he will create a Single Environment Body (SEB) for Wales, the vesting date is 1.4.13. This framework or contract will be available for use by the SEB from this date, however, the Environment Agency acknowledges that the SEB may set up their own arrangements in future.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:1.6.2012