Purfleet centre regeneration project

Purfleet centre regeneration project

The Project offers the opportunity to deliver a sustainable mixed-use town centre, high quality homes and business space in a scheme which integrates with the existing community and makes best use of local assets including a River Thames waterfront and an existing railway station.

UK-Grays: urban development construction work

2012/S 120-198923

Contract notice

Works

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Thurrock Council
Civic Offices, New Road, Essex
For the attention of: Simon DeVere
RM17 6SL Grays
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: SDeVere@thurrock.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/

Further information can be obtained from: Thurrock Council
Civic Offices, New Road
For the attention of: Jonathan Harris
RM17 6SL Grays, Essex
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1375652113
E-mail: jdharris@thurrock.gov.uk

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
I.3)Main activity

General public services
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:

Purfleet centre regeneration project.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Works
Realisation, by whatever means of work, corresponding to the requirements specified by the successful tenderer
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Purfleet, Essex.
NUTS code UKH3

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)

Thurrock is located directly to the east of London and to the south of Essex and is home to a number of exciting regeneration programmes. A series of transformational schemes are underway including the development of the new London Gateway Port, and High House Production Park, Purfleet, home of the Royal Opera House workshop and the National Skills Academy for the creative and cultural sectors. Plans also exist for the expansion of the Lakeside Basin to enhance the amount and quality of the retail uses and to introduce complimentary and sustainable forms of development.
The Purfleet Centre Regeneration Project seeks to further expand the regeneration agenda within the Borough. The Project offers the opportunity to deliver a sustainable mixed-use town centre, high quality homes and business space in a scheme which integrates with the existing community and makes best use of local assets including a River Thames waterfront and an existing railway station. Purfleet benefits from its close proximity to Central London, the frontage on the River Thames and its location in the centre of the wider Thames Gateway along with excellent transport links. The railway station on the site connects to London Fenchurch Street (to the City in 25 minutes) with ready access to Canary Wharf (35 minutes) and Stratford/Olympics site (35 minutes). Purfleet also has easy access to the primary highway network, including the M25 and A13.
The Council is seeking to raise aspirations in the area by planning for new and better quality housing, improved transport infrastructure and new higher value job opportunities within Purfleet. It is envisaged that the Purfleet Centre project will contribute a vibrant and compact local centre which will function as the civic heart for Purfleet and an expanded, more sustainable community. A mix of family houses and apartments of various sizes will be required and the development will need to challenge existing preconceptions of what Purfleet can be. Supply of higher quality housing is considered as important as the appropriate level of affordable units. The appropriate housing mix will consider the needs of Purfleet as a whole and the aims of the overarching regeneration strategy.
Thurrock Council has taken on the development of this project since March 2012 and has committed specific funds toward the delivery of a new primary school within the project boundary and is seeking to incorporate within the delivery structure a mechanism for the potential future regeneration of a neighbouring housing estate and adjoining land (see below).
The Council’s vision is to create a place of ambition, enterprise and opportunity, where the community and businesses can grow and flourish. Purfleet’s post-industrial legacy has created a barrier to the development of a focal point for the community. Financial investment from the public and private sectors, working in partnership, can unlock the full potential of Purfleet’s location and deliver vision.
The Council, as the local planning authority, has adopted its Local Development Framework (LDF) Core Strategy which designates Purfleet as one of the key areas of regeneration and growth locations. In particular, the LDF advocates that regeneration will be founded on the development of a mix of dwellings, employment and community facilities focused around a new centre adjoining the railway station and riverside. Approximately 3,000 new homes will be built in a variety of dwelling types along with a new Neighbourhood Area with a community hub centre, a health centre, school and shopping facilities. High quality mixed-use and small business development will be encouraged at Botany Way and west of the railway station. Public access to and along the riverfront will be improved and new urban open spaces will be provided as part of the Green Grid network and there will be a new road link connecting London Road with the Purfleet by-pass to improve access and traffic flow. An outline planning application has been submitted for Purfleet Centre. A Neighbourhood Renewal project for the Garrison Estate is being planned which will also contribute to the transformation of the area.
Following extensive public consultation showing significant local public support for the Vision, an outline planning application for the scheme conforming to the aims and objectives of the LDF Core Strategy was prepared and submitted by the public sector. This application seeks to establish the key material Planning considerations; broad development parameters and Design Codes for the Project whilst providing flexibility for differing approaches. The application is due for determination by the Council’s Planning Committee in late 2012.
The Council currently own the freehold interest of approximately 71 acres of land within the project boundary and has made an ‘In Principle’ Resolution to use its compulsory acquisition powers, should they be required, to assemble the remaining property, rights and interests to deliver the Council’s Vision for Purfleet.
In addition to the land owned by the Council within the Purfleet Centre boundary it is also the majority freehold owner of the neighbouring Garrison housing estate and adjacent land which represents an opportunity to further expand the regeneration aspirations for Purfleet. Work on developing a vision, outputs and outcomes in this location is in its infancy but the potential for this to be linked to the Purfleet Centre is clear. The Council wish to explore developing a mechanism for the Garrison’s renewal as part of this procurement process. This would allow both parties to potentially co-operate on delivering the scheme in the future, without the need for a separate procurement process at a later date.
The selected partner will be expected to give financial support to the Council toward the costs of land acquisition, remediation and infrastructure provision in order to facilitate the delivery of the project. The quantum and phasing of such financial contributions are to be determined through the competitive dialogue process. The successful partner will also need to demonstrate that they have the experience, skills and resources to deliver a project of this scale and complexity. They will be expected to take a lead role in the shaping and refinement of the emerging vision for the Project, be responsible for leading the development and taking full management responsibility for the scheme.
The Council’s Cabinet has sanctioned streamlined governance arrangements which will enable swift decision-making without the need to await pre-determined Cabinet meeting dates. The competitive dialogue process will be supported by an online data room which will contain significant technical reports, data and the full information relating to the current Outline Planning Application. This data room is designed to enhance the quantum and quality of information available from the outset of the bidding process in order to inform bidders and de-risk the overall project.
To express an interest and request the Pre Qualification Questionnaire for this project, interested parties are requested to contact Jonathan Harris via the contact details set out in section I.1 of this notice and complete and return the PQQ by the date indicated in Section IV.3.4 of this notice.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

45211360, 45000000, 45100000, 45200000, 45210000, 45211000, 45212000, 45212200, 45213100, 45213150, 45213322, 45214200, 70332200, 70332000, 70331100

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
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:

The currently envisaged total development cost, including land, remediation, infrastructure and development costs exclusive of VAT is estimated to be in the region of 750 000 000 GBP to 950 000 000 GBP (subject to the precise scope of the agreed contract).
The currently envisaged duration of the contract is approximately 15 years from the date of contract award, subject to the provisions for extension and early termination in any resulting contract.
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

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Performance and/or financial guarantees may be required and further details will be set out in the tender documents.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

The successful tenderer will be required to provide satisfactory funding conditions and arrangements and further details will be set out in the tender documents.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

The Council may require grouped or consortia bidders to form a single corporate vehicle upon award of the contract. Further details will be set out in the tender documents.
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: The information required by the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and the pre-qualification questionnaire. Further information will be provided in the pre-qualification questionnaire.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Further information will be provided in the pre-qualification questionnaire.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Further information will be provided 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

competitive dialogue
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 6
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 yes
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

Other previous publications

Notice number in the OJEU: 2009/S 216-311336 of 10.11.2009

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

24.7.2012 – 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

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

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

The regeneration of Purfleet is the Council’s largest, most exciting and ambitious project to date. The Council is committed to a well structured and planned competitive dialogue procurement timetable, and will use successive stages in the dialogue to reduce the numbers of bidders in the process. It is envisaged that this PQQ stage will result in a maximum number of six prospective partners being invited to participate in dialogue. Thereafter the Council intends to utilise the competitive dialogue process to down select prospective partners to a maximum of three bidders being invited to detailed commercial negotiations, prior to the submission of final tenders. The overall process is structured such that financial and managerial investment in the bidding process is limited in the earlier procurement stages.
The Council reserves the right to change without notice the procedure for awarding the contract, to reject any or all bids for the contract, to terminate discussions with any or all interested bidders and/or to stop the process and not award a contract at any time without any liability on its part.
The Council is not liable for any costs, expenses, fees or charges howsoever incurred by those expressing an interest or tendering for this contract opportunity.
The Council has duties under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000 and related legislation and may disclose information to a person making a request unless the information is covered by an exemption in the Act; and the Council considers that the public interest in withholding the disclosure outweighs the public interest in disclosing it. Bidders should state in their submissions whether the information, if disclosed, would prejudice their commercial concerns and if so, their reasons. Any decision in relation to any disclosure will be made at the sole discretion of the Council.
The Council is supported in delivering the project by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Eversheds LLP, Capita Symonds, Urban Initiatives, CB Richard Ellis, and Supporta Terraquest.
Any subsequent contract will be subject to English Law.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Any appeal should be directed to the contact set out in Section I.1

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Any appeal should be directed to the contact set out in Section I.1

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Any appeal should be directed to the contact set out in section I.1.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Any appeal should be directed to the contact set out in section I.1

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:22.6.2012