Services - 55332-2020

04/02/2020    S24

United Kingdom-Durham: Technical testing, analysis and consultancy services

2020/S 024-055332

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Durham County Council
Postal address: Corporate Procurement, County Hall
Town: Durham
NUTS code: UKC14 Durham CC
Postal code: DH1 5UL
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Kelly Stewart
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
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 to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Framework Agreement for Engineering Inspections

II.1.2)Main CPV code
71600000 Technical testing, analysis and consultancy services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

This framework is to appoint a single contractor to deliver engineering inspections for Durham County Council in line with statutory requirements.

This contract will cover the provision of engineering inspections for plant and equipment to ensure compliance with current Regulations, this contract includes a requirement for an initial audit of properties and equipment to enable the creation of an accurate asset database to facilitate the contract and effective maintenance. The contract is to cover a wide and diverse range of properties, including office accommodation, public buildings, educational establishments, leisure facilities, fire and rescue stations and domestic properties of vulnerable people.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:

Framework will be available for use by DCC and additional contracting authorities and NFP Community Leisure Organ where they have entered into a SLA with DCC.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The main 4 service areas (this also has sub areas within the service areas) include:

Area 1 fleet – vehicles and workshop equipment under the Regeneration and Local Services Grouping of the Council;

Area 2 personal equipment — for example slings, hoists harnesses to name a few under Children and Young People Services (CYPS) and Adult and Health Services (AHS) service grouping of the Council;

Area 3 building and facilities management – fixed building and equipment under the Regeneration and Local Services Grouping of the Council;

Area 4 Other areas for example school equipment.

The Council reserves the right to add additional areas on throughout the duration of the contract including any extensions taken.

It is the successful contractor’s responsibility to provide a live inventory of equipment at each establishment for this contract, ongoing throughout the duration and before the expiry of the Contract. It is expected that all establishments will have had the relevant inspections on site and be suitably equipped, reports and updates for each individual establishment must be continuously updated and forwarded to the allocated officers of Durham County Council as changes or amendments are made. Current status meetings will form part of this monitoring process.

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
Start: 01/08/2020
End: 31/07/2022
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The proposed contract is to be let with an option to extend for up to a further 2 *12 months from the actual end date.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

The Council intends to invite the 5 highest scoring bidders to tender, subject to having also passed Part 1, Part 2, and the other sections of Part 3, and achieved a minimum weighted score of 60 % for the technical questions in this section.

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

The documents must be downloaded from and insert reference DN461597 into the supplier area. Any questions must be raised via this system.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 09/03/2020
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 24/03/2020
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: The High Court of England and Wales
Postal address: 7 Rolls Buildings, Fetter Lane
Town: London
Postal code: EC4A 1NL
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address:
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The contracting authority incorporated a standstill period at the point information of the award of the Contract was communicated to bidders. That notification provided full information on the award decision. The standstill period which was for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provided time for the unsuccessful bidder to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public Regulations 2015 provide the aggrieved parties who have been harmed or at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England,Wales and Northern Ireland).

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: