Supply of Safety Fencing to Network Rail

Supply of Safety Fencing to Network Rail

Netork Rail Infrastructure Limited wishes to procure a new supply Framework for safety fencing to meet the needs of its internal customers, work contractors and external customers.

United Kingdom-Milton Keynes: Safety fencing

2014/S 223-394820

Contract notice – utilities


Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

Network Rail Infrastructrure Limited
The Quadrant: MK, Elder Gate
Contact point(s): National Supply Chain
For the attention of: Leonie Seymour
MK9 1EN Milton Keynes

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for 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)Main activity

Railway services

I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities

The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:

The supply of safety fencing.

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

Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: UK.

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: 5

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

Netork Rail Infrastructure Limited wishes to procure a new supply Framework for safety fencing to meet the needs of its internal customers, work contractors and external customers.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

34928310, 45340000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

II.1.8)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Network Rail wishes to procure temporary safety fencing that can be quickly installed to provide a personnel barrier between work sites and the railway.
The fencing shall:
1. Be constructed of durable materials with a product life of at least 5 years under normal wear;
2. Be constructed of components that are sufficiently lightweight to be manually handled by one person in compliance with the HSE’s Manual Handling at Work guidelines;
3. Require little or no advance site preparation prior to installation;
4. Be fixed to the ground, sleepers or rail but without any penetration of the ground that would require cat scanning (to ensure avoidance of utilities) and without any drilling of sleepers or rail. (Where the fencing is fixed to the rail it must not interfere with the rail head and must allow the passage of rail mounted plant and equipment);
5. Be able to be used alongside, or in conjunction with all types of rail sections (including CEN56, CEN60 and 95LB), on straight and curved track and through switches and crossings;
6. Be able to be erected and dismantled using common hand held tools such that 100 m of fencing can be erected or dismantled by two people within a 25 minute line blockage;
7. Be adjustable to provide a separation distance from the rail of 1.25 m or 2 m;
8. Be 1 m in height with two horizontal (mid and top) rails;
9. Provide a barrier with sufficient rigidity to resist the lateral force of a man falling against it from the work-site side, but in an emergency allow a man to push the barrier out of the way from the live side;
10. Have no adverse effect upon S&T equipment;
11. Be made of fully traceable components;
12. Be usable in all extremes of UK weather; and
13. Comply with the following standards:
— Lineside Facilities for Personal Safety (RT/CE/S/069);
— Management of Fencing and Other Boundary Measures (NR/L2/TRK/5100);
— HSE Manual Handling at Work;
— Rule Book GERT 8000
Network Rail have an immediate demand for a reasonable quantity of the above fencing and the Supplier’s proposed fencing must already be in production and available to demonstrate its compliance with the specification. The fencing will be required to achieve product approval.
In addition to delivering goods compliant with all of the requirements listed above the Supplier shall provide a technical briefing note (in electronic form) detailing the key physical and performance characteristics, and installation and maintenance requirements for each product. On site installation and dismantling demonstrations will also be required.
Potential Developments
Whilst not a requirement at the present time Network Rail would expect to work with the Supplier to develop variants and additional forms of the temporary fencing that can be used in different circumstances to provide rapidly deployed safety solutions. Network Rail would also like the fencing uprights to be able to support ‘points run through boards’ and ‘TSR boards’.

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: This contract will be for 3 years with a provision to allow it to be extended for up to a further 2 years.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

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:

Payments shall be made in accordance with the conditions of contract specified 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:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions:

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The particular conditions will be details in the tender and contract documentation and will be based upon one of Network Rail’s standard forms of contract.
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: Applicants will be required to complete a Pre Qualification Questionnaire.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Applicants will be required to complete a Pre Qualification Questionnaire.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Applicants will be required to complete a 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

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

Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures): no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications or in the invitation to tender or to negotiate

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 entity:

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


IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 18.12.2014 – 10:00
Payable documents: no

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

18.12.2014 – 10:00
IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.3.7)Conditions for opening of 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:
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Network Rail will incorporate a stand still period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calender days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Utilities Contract Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No.6) provides for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: