Tender for Stonehenge Archaeological Works

Tender for Stonehenge Archaeological Works

The Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site is recognised as a heritage asset of national and international importance.

United Kingdom-Bedford: Archaeological services

2020/S 107-260682

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Highways England Company Ltd
Postal address: Woodlands, Manton Lane
Town: Bedford
NUTS code: UKH2 Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Postal code: MK41 7LW
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: annabel.dunn@highwaysengland.co.uk
I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://highways.bravosolutions.co.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://highways.bravosolutions.co.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) Archaeological Works

II.1.2)Main CPV code

71351914 Archaeological services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site is recognised as a heritage asset of national and international importance.

Highways England wants to ensure that archaeological remains are preserved and recorded, in advance of scheme construction, by commissioning appropriate archaeological expertise. Archaeological services are required to deliver protection and preservation measures as well as excavate, record and disseminate the results of the archaeological mitigation works including Public Archaeology and Community Engagement.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 35 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

71351720 Geophysical surveys of archaeological sites

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKK1 Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area
Main site or place of performance:

Amesbury to Berwick Down, Stonehenge, Wiltshire.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Highways England would like to appoint a supplier to provide archaeological mitigation works for the proposed A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) Improvement Scheme.

The works will be split into three sections:

1) pre-commencement documentation;

2) site works; and

3) processing, laboratory work, reporting and dissemination, as well as archaeological monitoring and recording.

This is a large and complex project, which will require critical capabilities and resources from a balanced and diverse supply chain partner. Collaboration is at the heart of the relationships necessary to delivery at the pace required.

The length of the contract is 8 years with the possibility to extend by 1 year.

Highways England intends to use an eSourcing portal (Bravo) to communicate and undertake the procurement for these requirements.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 96
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

As detailed in the procurement documents.

Applicants may demonstrate their suitability for a number of aspects in the selection process through providing their registration number for their valid and up-to-date Constructionline account. Contractors or incorporated Joint Ventures submitting an application should provide their Constructionline registration number. For unincorporated Joint Ventures submitting an application each member of the group should provide their individual Constructionline registration number. Constructionline members are requested to ensure their profile is valid and up to date for the purposes of this tendering process. Where applicants do not have a Constructionline account or a valid and up to date Constructionline account, they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their sustainability through other means, in accordance with the procurement documents.

(i) For Unincorporated Joint Ventures it will be necessary for each member of the group to sign an undertaking that they will be jointly and severally bound for the due performance of the contract.

(ii) For single Legal Entities/Incorporated Joint Ventures submitting an acceptable offer, the consortium must provide a corporate statement of intent to form itself into a single legal entity before any contract can be awarded. The contractor must state in its interest to this notice whether it is an Incorporated Joint Venture (stating the date of Incorporation) or an Unincorporated Joint Venture (Joint and Several Liability). In the case of an Unincorporated Joint Venture (Joint and Several Liability) the contractor must also confirm the names of all the contracting entities with the employer.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

A form of parent company guarantee or another suitable form of security may be required during the term of the contract where the economic and financial standing of the Applicant does not meet the required level as stated in the procurement documents.

Applicants wishing to bid as part of a Joint Venture are not permitted to:

(a) be members of more than one Joint Venture;

(b) apply as a sole applicant as well as a Joint Venture of which they are a member.

Contract dates are indicative and subject to change.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 06/07/2020
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 7 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 06/07/2020
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

The contracting authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise. Suppliers’ instructions on How to take part in this tender:

1) Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once)

— browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://highways.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register;

— accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’;

— enter your correct business and user details;

— note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete;

— you will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).

2) Express an Interest in the tender:

— login to the portal with the username/password;

— click the ‘PQQs/ITTs Open to All Suppliers’ link. (These are pre-qualification questionnaires or invitations to tender open to any registered supplier);

— click on the relevant PQQ/ITT to access the content;

— click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of this page;

— this will move the PQQ/ITT into your My PQQs/My ITT’s page (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only);

— you can now access any attachments by clicking the ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the PQQ/ITT Details box.

3) Responding to the tender:

— click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining);

— you can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification;

— note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ITT;

— there may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available).

You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

The successful tenderer will be required to sign the Highways England Fair Payment Charter as a condition of acceptance of their tender.

As a supplier/organisation looking to bid for public sector contracts you should be aware that tender documentation for contracts over GBP 10 000 will be published on a single website and made available to the public. You should also be aware that if your bid is successful the resulting contract will be published. In some circumstances, limited redactions will be made to tender documentation and/or contracts before they are published in order to comply with existing law, to protect commercial interests and for the protection of national security. Highways England are committed to ensuring public sector procurement is used, where possible, to promote skills training and open up apprenticeship opportunities on public sector projects and programmes.

A tender launch event will be held shortly, Due to Covid-19 restrictions this event will take place electronically, further details on how to access this event will follow through Bravo.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: See detail at VI.4.3
Town: See detail at VI.4.3
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Highways England will incorporate a minimum 10 day standstill period at the point information on award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Appeals should be logged in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) as amended.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: