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Works - 196670-2018

08/05/2018    S88

United Kingdom-London: Construction work

2018/S 088-196670

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Works

Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Group Commercial Directorate, Department for Transport
Postal address: Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road
Town: London
NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
Postal code: SW1P 4DR
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Mr James Doran
E-mail: heathrowrailsouthern@dft.gov.uk
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport
I.3)Communication
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Transport

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Southern Rail Link to Heathrow — Market Sounding

II.1.2)Main CPV code
45000000 Construction work
II.1.3)Type of contract
Works
II.1.4)Short description:

The Southern Rail Link to Heathrow (SRLtH) is a proposed new rail link from the south connecting into Heathrow Airport, for which the Department for Transport (DfT) is seeking to develop a market-led proposals process.

SRLtH forms part of the government’s long term aspiration for the railway network. It is envisaged that it will serve Waterloo and Surrey/Hampshire from Heathrow. However it's at a conceptual stage in its development and the strategic aims, output specification, routes and infrastructure solutions are not yet defined.

The SRLtH Market Sounding will explore the market appetite for developing proposals for SRLtH and the appetite for sharing the risk of the development process. This does not represent the start of a procurement process, but instead could shape a potential future procurement process.

Estimated total value is 700 000 GBP to 1 400 000 000 GBP from a pre-feasibility study undertaken by Network Rail which indicated a range of options in 1Q15 prices, for capital works only.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
45110000 Building demolition and wrecking work and earthmoving work
45111000 Demolition, site preparation and clearance work
45111100 Demolition work
45111200 Site preparation and clearance work
45111214 Blast-clearing work
45111230 Ground-stabilisation work
45111240 Ground-drainage work
45111250 Ground investigation work
45111260 Site-preparation work for mining
45111290 Primary works for services
45111291 Site-development work
45111300 Dismantling works
45213320 Construction work for buildings relating to railway transport
45213321 Railway station construction work
45213322 Rail terminal building construction work
45221242 Railway tunnel construction work
45234115 Railway signalling works
45234116 Track construction works
45234120 Urban railway works
66122000 Corporate finance and venture capital services
66514130 Railway insurance services
66515200 Property insurance services
71320000 Engineering design services
71322000 Engineering design services for the construction of civil engineering works
45234100 Railway construction works
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
Main site or place of performance:

Between Heathrow Airport and the rail network to the south, UK.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Market Sounding intends to:

— Explore the market appetite for developing proposals for the design, planning and preparation of their own Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) for a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow.

— Explore the appetite for sharing the risk of the development process.

— Explore proposals which include non-railway benefits which could provide additional funding for the rail project, reducing the burden on taxpayers and farepayers.

— Understand the expectations of market participants, the factors impacting their level of interest and the further actions which the Department for Transport can undertake to get the best out of a future procurement and garner support for market-led proposals.

— Develop and test the value criteria for the next stage of proposal development and inform a further potential procurement process and any future evaluation.

Two of the key stakeholders in the project include DfT and Network Rail. DfT works with agencies and parties to support the transport network that helps the UK’s business and gets people and goods travelling around the country. Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway — track, bridges, tunnels and viaducts, signals, level crossings and stations. Network Rail’s role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway every day for the four and half million people and businesses that rely upon it. Network Rail is a public company, answerable to Government via the DfT, that runs the day-to-day railway through nine devolved, geographically based businesses, called routes.

Parties are invited to register their interest in participating in the Market Sounding process by email to heathrowrailsouthern@dft.gov.uk

Please include your contact details and provide us with some key information in relation to your company and areas of particular interest or specialisms.

Parties are invited to attend the Southern Access to Heathrow Industry Event. This will be a specific event launching the Market Sounding for the Southern Access to Heathrow project, to be held on 24.5.2018 at One Great George Street. To register interest, please visit https://ipfa-portal.smartmembership.net/Events/eventdetail.aspx?si_ec=000493. Access to the event is strictly by invitation only and capacity is limited.

Following the market sounding exercise DfT will provide an update on next steps in Autumn 2018.

If a decision is taken to proceed, the specific procurements for both SRLtH and WRLtH will be launched by the publication of further PIN's and/or contract notices by the appropriate contracting authority. General guidance on the preparation of a Strategic Outline Business Case is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transport-business-case.

The estimated date of publication of a contract notice in Section II.3), is indicative only and does not constitute a commitment for DfT to proceed with a SRLtH scheme.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
02/09/2019

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

This Prior Information Notice (PIN) is not a call for competition and is not published to reduce time limits for the receipt of tenders. Non-participation in this market sounding process shall not prevent any supplier from participating in any of the procurements or any future event.

This PIN is issued solely for the purpose of commencing a market sounding exercise and does not constitute any commitment by DfT or Network Rail to undertake any public procurement exercise in respect of the Southern Rail Link to Heathrow projects or any part of those projects described in this PIN.

DfT is committed to ensuring a competitive procurement process and is committed to fairness, openness, and transparency. The overarching aim of all the market consultation exercises is for genuine two-way dialogue to take place between DfT and the market, listening to what interested parties have to say and using this to shape the commercial and procurement strategies which set out the future approach to the market.

To the extent DfT or any other procuring authority carries out any procurement, both parties reserve the right to award contracts in lots or groups of lots. Interested parties will not be prejudiced by any response or failure to respond to this PIN. Nor shall a response to this PIN guarantee an invitation to participate in this market consultation exercise or any future procurement process that either DfT or Network Rail may conduct. This PIN does not constitute a call for competition to procure any works or services and DfT is not bound to accept any proposals offered.

DfT is not liable for any costs, fees or expenses incurred by any party responding to this PIN or any party who may participate in the market sounding exercise. In the event that DfT decides to proceed with any procurement, it is currently assumed that such procurement will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 unless any legal requirement requires a different procedure to be adopted.

DfT are also engaging the market on another rail access scheme, the Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH). Please be aware that the WRLtH project is at a later stage of development. WRLtH is subject to a separate PIN and market sounding process.

Participants should note that the DfT is also hosting 2 Rail Investment Opportunity Days (RIODs). These build on the launch of the general call for ideas and publication of Department’s Market-Led Proposals Guidance. The event in London is now full; to register interest in the Birmingham event on 5 June, please email railmlp@dft.gov.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
04/05/2018