Works - 328673-2019

15/07/2019    S134

United Kingdom-Bristol: Road tunnel construction work

2019/S 134-328673

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: Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay
Town: Bristol
Postal code: BS1 6HA
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address(es):
Main address:
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:
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
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down

II.1.2)Main CPV code
45221241 Road tunnel construction work
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The scheme is an integral part of Highways England's commitment to deliver a high-performing, high-quality route along the A303/A358 corridor between the South West and South East. It will also help to conserve, reconnect and enhance the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS), making it easier to reach and explore, as well as improving biodiversity and providing a positive legacy for nearby communities.

The scheme will be approximately 8 miles (13 km) long and comprises the following key components:

— a northern bypass of Winterbourne Stoke with a viaduct over the River Till valley,

— a new junction between the A303 and A360 to the west of and outside the WHS, replacing the existing Longbarrow roundabout,

— a twin-bore tunnel approximately 2 miles (3,3 km) long through the WHS, and

— a new junction between the A303 and A345 at the existing Countess roundabout.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 1 250 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
43123000 Tunnelling machinery
45112500 Earthmoving work
45221000 Construction work for bridges and tunnels, shafts and subways
45221100 Construction work for bridges
45221111 Road bridge construction work
45221200 Construction work for tunnels, shafts and subways
45221240 Construction work for tunnels
45221247 Tunnelling works
45233100 Construction work for highways, roads
45233120 Road construction works
45233124 Trunk road construction work
45233139 Highway maintenance work
45233141 Road-maintenance works
50230000 Repair, maintenance and associated services related to roads and other equipment
71311220 Highways engineering services
71322000 Engineering design services for the construction of civil engineering works
71322300 Bridge-design services
71631480 Road-inspection services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:

A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Highways England is looking to work collaboratively with a high performing partner, their supply chain and stakeholders to successfully realise the aims of this challenging and rewarding scheme.

The requirements of the scheme that will be the responsibility of the successful applicant are principally captured in the following areas:

1) Design and construction of the new works

The scheme's new works includes the design and construction of the civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), technology and environmental components, key features of the new works are summarised below:

— tunnel: a twin-bore tunnel, approximately 2 miles (3,3 kilometers) long beneath the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, including tunnel portals and approach structures, tunnel service buildings and plant rooms, tunnel control system and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems,

— tunnel boring machine — design, manufacture, testing, shipping and on-site assembly,

— carriageway works,

— bridge works to form a viaduct over the River Till, an under bridge for the B3083, a flyover at the A345 Countess Roundabout, and 4 green bridges (Parsonage Down accommodation bridge, Winterbourne Stoke accommodation bridge, A360 Longbarrow Junction and green bridge No 4),

— carriageway and tunnel technology,

— landscaping and habitat creation,

— extension of parsonage down national nature reserve,

— protected species mitigation measures,

— ensure rights of way and private means of access,

— mainline earthworks,

— utilities works.

2) Refurbishment, replacement and modification of existing assets;

There are works required on existing assets under the current ownership of both Highways England and Wiltshire Council. Continued engagement and consultation will be required with both parties throughout the design and construction phases for these elements including:

— existing A303 de-trunking works,

— demolition works and site clearance works,

— modification works to existing structures.

3) Maintenance and operation during construction

Maintenance and operation of the existing A303 within the site boundary will be required for the duration of the construction works. The appointed contractor will be required to liaise with Highways England, its maintenance contractors and Wiltshire Council to coordinate activities.

4. Post construction maintenance period

There is an extended maintenance period (minimum of 5 years, maximum of 7 years) after construction to 'prove' the tunnel performs as intended. Maintenance is included as part of this period and the contractor will be responsible for all elements of the infrastructure associated with the tunnel and its approaches. The appointed contractor will be required to liaise with Highways England, its maintenance contractors and Wiltshire Council to coordinate activities and tunnel operations.

The appointed Contractor will be required to fulfil the duties of principal designer and principal contractor under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

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
Value excluding VAT: 1 250 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 04/01/2021
End: 31/12/2034
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged minimum number: 3
Maximum number: 3
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

As set out in the procurement documents.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Option for between 5 and 7 years for extended maintenance and commissioning to enable alignment with regional maintenance contracts.

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.1.2)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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Competitive dialogue
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
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
Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 026-056979
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 13/09/2019
Local time: 17:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 06/01/2020
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: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:

How to Express Interest in this opportunity:

1) Register for a free account at

2) Click the 'PQQs Open To All Suppliers' link. These are Selection Questionnaires (SQ) open to any registered supplier.

— click on PQQ name to access the content,

— click the 'Express Interest' button at the top of the page. This will move the PQQ into your 'My PQQs' page. This is a secure area reserved for your projects only.

You can now access any attachments by clicking 'Buyer Attachments' in the 'PQQ Details' box.

3) Click 'My Response' under 'PQQ Details', you can choose to 'Create Response' or to 'Decline to Respond' (please give a reason if declining).

You can now use the 'Messages' function to communicate with Highways England and seek any clarification.

Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the questionnaire.

There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform.

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 'Suppliers Help', or contact the Bravo eSourcing help desk.

Expressions of interest must be submitted from the applicants' registered office address.

Each member of a Joint Venture (JV) must submit a letter from their own registered office confirming all company names in the proposed JV.

Applicants can only participate in one JV. Further guidance on JVs is contained in the procurement documents.

This procurement falls within the scope of HM Revenue and Customs' Construction Industry Scheme.

The end date stated at II.2.7 takes into account the maximum 7 year maintenance and commissioning period, this may be reduced to enable alignment with regional maintenance contracts.

Highways England will assess the selection questionnaires to conclude a shortlist of participants for the Dialogue Stage.

Highways England will apply the evaluation criteria to determine the most economically advantageous tender.

Highways England reserves the right not to accept the highest scoring, or any, tender. Tenderers should note that tenders are submitted at their own cost and risk.

Highways England expressly reserves the right:

(i) not to award any contract as a result of this procurement exercise commenced by publication of this notice;

(ii) cancel the competition or part of it for any reason; and

(iii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the competition.

In no circumstances will Highways England be liable for any costs incurred by any organisation taking part in any stage of the competition.

As applicable and in its sole discretion, Highways England will undertake further financial capacity tests to ensure that applicants have the required financial standing during the Selection Stage and Award Stage. Highways England reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to exclude applicants at any stage.

Further information is provided in the procurement documents.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: See details at VI.4.3
Town: See details at VI.4.3
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Highways England will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on award of the contract is communicated to tenderers.

Appeals must be lodged in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No. 102) as amended.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: