Services - 119291-2015

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04/04/2015    S67

United Kingdom-Bedford: Structural engineering consultancy services

2015/S 067-119291

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Official name: Highways England
Postal address: Woodlands, Manton Lane
Town: Bedford
Postal code: MK41 7LW
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Cat Bensley
Telephone: +44 1234796301

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from:
Official name: See Section 1

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
National or federal agency/office
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Lower Thames Crossing- Technical Partner.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services

NUTS code UKI21 Outer London - East and North East

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) is a new road crossing of the Thames Estuary, east of London, between Essex and Kent with new infrastructure and operational arrangements to increase capacity and improve resilience on the Strategic Road Network.
The existing Dartford-Thurrock crossing provides a vital link for many business travellers, haulage companies and holidaymakers travelling to and from Europe via the English Channel, as well as linking communities both north and south of the Thames. However, over recent years traffic volumes have increased and the crossing now regularly exceeds its original design capacity of 135,000 vehicles a day. Congestion and delay are major problems, and conditions are expected to get worse in future. Therefore the Lower Thames Crossing scheme is exploring two options to relieve the stress on this link.
The LTC is a technically challenging project and although the crossing type and location will not be decided until early 2016, we are looking for a Technical Partner to provide leading expertise in the key disciplines outlined below in order to ensure successful delivery of this high profile project.
This project gives a potential supplier the chance to be involved in a team who are working to deliver a £2.5 – 5 billion scheme which will be one of Highway England's biggest projects.
The Technical Partner will need to demonstrate extensive experience in the development and delivery of large complex transport infrastructure schemes in the current UK planning environment. This includes being able to provide strong leadership, excellent technical capability and proven expertise in the design of and construction of large bridges, immersed tube and bored tunnels.
This is a long term appointment, likely to be in excess of 10 years, and required to support an accelerated delivery schedule. The successful Technical Partner will be required to work in collaboration with multiple partners to;
— Provide and demonstrate expertise in all relevant river crossing types in order to accelerate the delivery schedule and able to provide all required capabilities without compromise.
— Provide design leadership and technical expertise in the preparation of preliminary designs (including surveys and sampling), Environmental Impact assessments (EIA) and other technical documentation to support an application for the relevant permissions / consents.
— Manage the pre application engagement with the Planning Inspectorate (PIN) and develop / manage the application (likely to be a Development Consent Order (DCO)) including technical stakeholder engagement and pre application consultation process.
— Progress the procurement of its works contractor or multiple contractors in parallel with the completion and submission of a DCO application. Provide a seamless transition in to delivery immediately following award of the DCO and the associated consents.
— Provide assurance, supervision and coordination of the activities of contractors. Ensure liaison with Network Operations and assure the technical elements of the Delivery Phase ( Design and Construction).
— Develop illustrative / reference design proposals to enable procurement of one or more main contractors and essential advanced or enabling works regardless of the procurement or funding route.
Please note that from the 1 April 2015 the Highways Agency will become a government owned company called Highways England. It was appointed as a strategic highways company by way of an Order made by the Secretary of State pursuant to section 1 of the Infrastructure Act 2015.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 100 000 000 and 200 000 000 GBP


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71312000 Structural engineering consultancy services, 71320000 Engineering design services, 71500000 Construction-related services, 71310000 Consultative engineering and construction services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
The estimated date for the publication of the OJEU and the start of award procedures is May / June 2015
The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Suppliers will be advised in the tender documents.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
Relevant governmental Internet sites where information can be obtained
Tax legislation As in I.1
Official name: See Section 1Environmental protection legislation As in I.1
Official name: See Section 1Employment protection and working conditions As in I.1
Official name: See Section 1
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: