Technical Support Services

Technical Support Services

One aspect of the framework is to provide access to technical support for the process to assess future nuclear reactor designs and the associated site licensing process which is expected to commence in April 2014 and take 4.5 years to complete.

UK-Liverpool: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services

2013/S 060-100999

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
6.4 Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle
Contact point(s): Procurement Unit
For the attention of: Tommy Johnson
L20 7HS Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1519515803
E-mail: procurement@hse.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.hse.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

Other: Health and Safety guidance and enforcement
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:

1.11.4.2266. Technical support services to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) an agency of the Health and Safety Executive.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 12: Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape engineering services; related scientific and technical consulting services; technical testing and analysis services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: ONR’s headquarters is based in Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Liverpool. However, it is envisaged that the majority of the services required will be performed at suppliers’ premises.
NUTS code UKD53

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 several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 5
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 5
Justification for a framework agreement, the duration of which exceeds four years: One aspect of the framework is to provide access to technical support for the process to assess future nuclear reactor designs and the associated site licensing process which is expected to commence in April 2014 and take 4.5 years to complete. Given that it is desirable for the same contractors to be involved in both stages of the process, a framework duration of 5 years is required.
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 15 000 000,00 and 25 000 000,00 GBP

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

The Health & Safety Executive is seeking to appoint a number of suppliers to a framework agreement for provision of technical support to ONR. The support will be required to enable ONR to complete their programme of work relating to safe operation of existing licensed nuclear facilities and the safety assessment of future facilities including new reactor designs. The technical support will be divided into 15 lots, each lot representing a single technical area. Bidders may be appointed to the framework to provide technical support for one, several or all of the technical areas. The exact value of the work is not known at this time, although an indicative value of £ 15 million to £ 25 million based on previous experience of operating a framework of this nature is given. No guarantee is given in terms of the volume or value of work which be placed through the framework or with individual successful bidders. Although the duration of the framework will be five years, individual commissions may be for a shorter duration. HSE particularly welcomes interest from Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) as the specialist nature of some of the lots and commissions will mean that there are smaller packages of work to be delivered.
Section II 1.4 of this document indicates that a maximum of 5 operators will be appointed to the framework agreement. This figure actually represents the maximum number of operators HSE envisages appointing to each lot of the framework agreement rather than the total number of operators which will be appointed to the framework agreement.
All interested parties are invited to register their interest for this opportunity and request a copy of the pre-qualification documentation by emailing prcourement@hse.gsi.gov.uk. The pre-qualification documentation, which will normally be provided within one working day of request, will need to be completed and returned by 13:00 GMT on Wednesday 8 May 2013, regardless of when it was requested. When emailing to register their interest it would be helpful, for planning purposes, if suppliers could provide an indication of which lot(s)s they are interested in bidding for. Suppliers will not be restricted to bidding for just the lots they have indicated if they subsequently change their minds.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
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:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 15 000 000,00 and 25 000 000,00 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

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

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Internal Hazards

1)Short description

The safety assessment of existing and future nuclear facilities for internal hazards such as fire, explosion,
flood, dropped loads, missile, pressure part failure, steam release etc. The assessment is to include hazard
identification, the adequacy of techniques such as prevention and the protective barriers, segregation,
separation, active protection and alarm systems in the unlikely event that such internal hazards should occur.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Civil Engineering

1)Short description

The safety assessment of existing and future civil engineering structures such as heavy reinforced concrete
structures, prestressed concrete containment structures, steel structures, foundations, embankments, slopes,
river and coastal defences. This will include review of the application of national standards (e.g. US, European
and Japanese standards and complex non-linear analysis of the response of structures against extreme internal
and external hazards.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 3 Lot title: External Hazards

1)Short description

The safety and security assessment of the magnitude and frequency of external hazards and the response to
and the protection of existing and future civil nuclear facilities and engineering structures, plant and equipment
from these hazards. External hazards are those natural or man-made hazards to a site and facilities that
originate externally to both the site and the process, ie the duty holder may have very little or no control over
the initiating event. External hazards include earthquake, aircraft impact, extreme weather, electromagnetic
interference (off-site cause) and flooding as a result of extreme weather/climate change . Terrorist or other
malicious acts are assessed as external hazards.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 4 Lot title: Probabilistic Safety Analysis

1)Short description

The safety analysis of existing and future nuclear facilities using probabilistic methods such as event trees, fault
trees, Markov models etc. The two main elements of this work will be reviews of the Level 1 PSA (core damage
frequency) and Level 2 PSA (accident release frequencies and magnitudes).
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 5 Lot title: Deterministic Safety Analysis

1)Short description

The safety analysis of existing and future nuclear facilities on matters such as reactor core physics, thermal
hydraulics, heat transfer and a wide range of other physical phenomena under, steady state, transient and fault
conditions.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 6 Lot title: Control and Instrumentation

1)Short description

The safety assessment of systems important to safety used in existing and future nuclear facilities such as
reactor protection systems and engineered safety features systems. The assessment will include reviews of the
hardware and software aspects of the systems.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 7 Lot title: Essential Electrical Power Supply Systems

1)Short description

The safety assessment of existing and future nuclear facilities essential electrical power supply systems under
a wide range of transient and fault conditions including an assessment of the vendor’s selection of protection
devices.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 8 Lot title: Fuel Design

1)Short description

The safety assessment of nuclear reactor fuel used in existing nuclear facilities and those proposed for the
future nuclear facilities. This work will need to review the whole lifecycle and performance under a wide range of
reactor and storage conditions.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 9 Lot title: Reactor Chemistry

1)Short description

The safety assessment of existing and future nuclear facilities including the effects of coolant chemistry on
pressure boundary integrity, fuel and core component integrity, fuel storage in cooling ponds, radioactive waste
(accumulation, treatment and storage), radiological doses to workers.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 10 Lot title: Radiation Protection and Level 3 PSA

1)Short description

The safety assessment of the radiological protection arrangements for existing and future nuclear facilities. This
work will also include a review of the Level 3 PSA (estimates public health and other societal risks such as the
contamination of land or food).
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 11 Lot title: Mechanical Engineering

1)Short description

The safety assessment of essential mechanical systems important to safety such as pumps, valves, lifting
equipment including cranes, fuel handling systems, ventilation systems, pressure relief systems etc. The layout
and routing of mechanical and pressure boundary systems to ensure appropriate maintenance regimes and
protection from degradation.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 12 Lot title: Structural Integrity

1)Short description

The safety assessment of existiing and future nuclear safety related pressure vessels, piping, other components
and their supports, including materials selection, design, fabrication, in-manufacture examination and testing,
the analysis of structural integrity under normal load and faulted conditions (including fracture mechanics based
analyses), lifetime ageing of materials assessment (including neutron irradiation embrittlement) and a review of
through life maintenance, examination (including examination capability) and test procedures
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 13 Lot title: Human Factors

1)Short description

The safety assessment of the human factors aspects of the existing and future nuclear facilities including key
procedural safety processes as well as the more traditional control room assessments.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 14 Lot title: Managing For Safety and Quality Assurance

1)Short description

The safety assessment of new and existing Licensee’s arrangements for safety management and quality
assurance.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Lot No: 15 Lot title: Radwaste and Decommissioning

1)Short description

The safety assessment of existing and future nuclear facilities for the safe minimisation, handling and disposal
of radioactive waste arising from all parts of the facility’s lifecycle. A review of the safety of the proposals for
decommissioning of existing and proposed facilities is also required.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71000000

3)Quantity or scope

Not known, although we intend to publish a lot by lot breakdown of activity through the previous framework
agreement with the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

In the description of the 15 lots the term safety assessment is used, this is to be interpreted as assisting HSE’s
Nuclear Regulators in the review of safety documents for new or existing facilities against the HSE’s Safety
Assessment Principles for Nuclear Facilities 2006, Revision 1 (http://www.hse.gov.uk.nuclear/saps/saps2006.pdf

and its supporting technical assessment guides.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

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

Not applicable.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Full details will be provided in the tender documentation.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No special legal form is required, but in instances where multiple suppliers join together to submit a joint or consortium bid, each supplier will be required to become jointly and severally responsible for the contract/framework agreement before acceptance.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: This procurement is subject to HSE’s standard terms and conditions of contract for the provision of services.
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: Full details will be provided as part of the pre-qualification documentation sent to interested operators when they register to participate in the procurement process.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Full details will be provided as part of the pre-qualification documentation sent to interested operators when they register to participate in the procurement process.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Full details will be provided as part of the pre-qualification documentation sent to interested operators when they register to participate in the procurement process.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Full details will be provided as part of the pre-qualification documentation sent to interested operators when they register to participate in the procurement process.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Full details will be provided as part of the pre-qualification documentation sent to interested operators when they register to participate in the procurement process.
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: yes

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

Envisaged number of operators: 10
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Full details will be provided as part of the pre-qualification documentation sent to interested operators when they register to participate in the procurement process. At present HSE envisages that a maximum of 10 operators (per lot) will be invited to participate in the Invitation to tender (ITT) stage of the procurement process and that a maximum of 5 operators (per lot) will be appointed to the framework.
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:

1.11.4.2266.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2013/S 46-074208 of 6.3.2013

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

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

8.5.2013 – 13:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

16.7.2013
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 of 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

All interested parties are invited to register their interest for this opportunity and request a copy of the pre-qualification documentation by emailing prcourement@hse.gsi.gov.uk. The pre-qualification documentation, which will normally be provided within one working day of request, will need to be completed and returned by 13:00 GMT on Wednesday 8 May 2013, regardless of when it was requested. When emailing to register their interest it would be helpful, for planning purposes, if suppliers could provide an indication of which lot(s)s they are interested in bidding for. Suppliers will not be restricted to bidding for just the lots they have indicated if they subsequently change their minds.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Ms Eleri James
Health and Safety Executive 6.4 Redgrave Court Merton Road Bootle
L20 7HS Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: procurement@hse.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1519514776

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:25.3.2013

Requirement: Technical Support Services