Preliminary Ground Investigation Works Glasgow

Preliminary Ground Investigation Works Glasgow

The contract is for the ground investigation of the superficial deposits and bedrock in the vicinity of the Haudagain Roundabout in Aberdeen. 

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Ground investigation work

2014/S 090-157618

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Transport Scotland
Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road
Contact point(s): Procurement Support Manager
G4 0DX Glasgow
Telephone: +44 1412727100
Fax: +44 1412727272

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

Further information can be obtained from: Jacobs UK Ltd
95 Bothwell Street
For the attention of: Claire Caley
G2 7HX Glasgow
Telephone: +44 1412438000

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: Transport Scotland
Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road
For the attention of: The Procurement Support Manager
G4 0DX Glasgow
Telephone: +44 1412727100
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity

General public services
Other: Transport

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

A90/ A96 Haudagain Improvement – Preliminary Ground Investigation Works.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Aberdeen, Scotland.

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

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

The contract is for the ground investigation of the superficial deposits and bedrock in the vicinity of the Haudagain Roundabout in Aberdeen. The scope of the works comprises ground investigation works which shall include but not be limited to non-intrusive investigation of buried utilities (e.g. Ground Penetrating Radar), hand excavation of pits and trenches to positively identify buried services, exploratory holes in soil and rock, in situ testing, high quality sampling, installation of instrumentation, laboratory testing, post site monitoring and factual reporting in both digital and paper formats. Candidates should note that some works are to be undertaken on or adjacent to existing roads. These works are required to be undertaken under traffic management restriction. The contract shall include the arrangement and provision of the necessary traffic management.
The ground investigation itself is to provide geotechnical information to inform the development of the Specimen Design and subsequently to aid participants during the main Construction Tendering process for the A90/ A96 Haudagain Improvement Contract. The Ground Investigation Contract includes a Novation Clause.
The successful candidates shall be required to undertake laboratory testing including soil and rock tests for classification, re-use properties, strength, consolidation, effective and total stress, chemical, contamination and waste. The contract includes for the preparation of a factual report and an accompanying digital data report for the ground investigation.
The contracts for the services will include the following activities:- (a) construction of all necessary works listed above (b) appropriate laboratory testing (c) full reports enabling a detailed knowledge of the ground conditions along the preferred route.
The intention is that the services are implemented by Infrastructure Conditions of Contract, Ground Investigation Version August 2011, including amendments dated October 2011. Specifications will include the standard documents used by the Scottish Ministers (Transport Scotland) for Ground Investigation contracts in Scotland.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at

The awarding authority has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via a ‘Tender Submission Postbox’ facility. Further details of this facility are available at

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems. The postbox closes precisely at the time stated.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at

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 scope and quantity will be set out in the Contract Documents.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 70 000 and 120 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

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 22.9.2014. Completion 14.11.2014

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

To be set out within the tender documents and the contract which the successful tenderer will enter into with the Scottish Ministers. Economic operators may be required to accept a requirement to provide a Duty of Care letter.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Details of the remuneration and payment mechanism will be provided in the invitation to tender documentation.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

If the successful participant is a consortium the Scottish Ministers shall require each consortium member to be jointly and severally liable pursuant to the A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement Ground Investigation Contract.

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: Economic operators will be evaluated in accordance with the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012, as amended, on the basis of information provided in response to a pre-qualification questionnaire (“PQQ”), copies of which are available on request from the Scottish Ministers.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Economic operators shall be required to satisfy minimum standards of economic and financial standing. These are described in detail in the PQQ. The financial information received as part of each PQQ Submission shall be evaluated and scored against each of four weighted categories: financial structure; operating performance; investment; and, financial position. A PQQ Submission shall be marked as a FAIL and shall not be considered further if the weighted score is less than fifty percent in respect of any of the four evaluation categories.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
The details required from economic operators to demonstrate their technical capacity is covered in the Pre-qualification Questionnaire.
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

Envisaged number of operators: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Pre-qualification Questionnaire.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
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:

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: 6.6.2014

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

13.6.2014 – 12:00

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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

To receive the Prospectus and PQQ (‘Pre-qualification Document’) (SC Ref: TS/MTRIPS/WKS/2014/04 expressions of interest require to be submitted by interested parties by 12:00 BST on 6.6.2014 through the Public Contracts Scotland Website or by submitting an email Selected Candidates may be invited for a clarification interview with the Contract Authority’s assessment panel at a date to be advised after submission of the Prospectus and Questionnaire. Expression of interest made after 12:00 BST on 6.6.2014 shall not receive the Pre-qualification Document and shall not be permitted to submit a completed PQQ.

SC Ref: TS/MTRIPS/WKS/2014/04)
(SC Ref:303566)

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: