Works - 145308-2016

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27/04/2016    S82

United Kingdom-Swindon: Engineering works and construction works

2016/S 082-145308

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Official name: UK Shared Business Services Ltd
Postal address: North Star House, North Star Avenue
Town: Swindon
Postal code: SN25 2LG
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Construction and FM Team — Procurement
Telephone: +44 1793867005

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from:
Official name: British Antarctic Survey
Postal address: High Cross, Madingley Road
Town: Cambridge
Postal code: CB3 0ET
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: NPRV Associated Projects
Telephone: +44 1223221553
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: scientific research
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Official name: Natural Environment Research Council
Postal address: Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Town: Swindon
Postal code: SN2 1UH
Country: United Kingdom

Section II.A: Object of the contract (Works)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
UK SBS CON15007MC British Antarctic Survey Construction Works.
II.2)Type of contract and location of works
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and scope of works
‘This is not a Call for Competition.’
British Antarctic Survey — Construction Works, comprises a number of construction works associated with the introduction of the UK Governments New Polar Research Vessel (NPRV) and the modernisation of research stations, including related offices and buildings, in the Antarctic and other regions of the world where scientist research is managed or carried out by and on behalf of the Natural Environmental Research Council, including the scientific research activity of the British Antarctic Survey. Works in scope may comprise some or all of the following and other related works:
— Alterations or extension to the existing wharf and slipway at Rothera, Antarctica;
— New station buildings at Rothera, Antarctica;
— Aircraft hangar re-cladding and extension at Rothera, Antarctica;
— Repairs to the aircraft landing strip at Rothera, Antartica;
— Additional bulk fuel storage tanks circa 230m3 each including bunding at Rothera;
— Bulk fuel facilities tanks at all other stations tank size circa 20-25m3;
— New station buildings and facilities at Signy and other islands in the Antarctic region;
— The demolition of existing buildings and disposal of waste outside Antarctica;
— New or re-furbished jetties at island research locations;
— New facilities resulting from changes in science requirements;
— Warehousing in the UK, South Atlantic and Antarctica;
— Alteration to Science and Communications towers and other infrastructure;
— Renewable energy installations;
— Various construction works in Cambridge and other UK locations.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 40 000 000 and 100 000 000 GBP


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

45220000 Engineering works and construction works, 45235200 Runway construction works, 45241500 Wharf construction work, 45000000 Construction work, 71000000 Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services, 71333000 Mechanical engineering services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract
Scheduled date for
start of works: 1.6.2017
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Following the commissioning of its New Polar Research Vessel (NPRV) in 2015, the UK Government is now moving forward with its plans to up-date and modernise the scientist research stations in Antarctica and the South Atlantic region. A key component of this activity is the appointment of a suitable construction partner. British Antarctic Survey (BAS) working very closely with its parent organisation, the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) has, via the issue of this Notice officially commenced its search for a capable and trusted construction partner that can help bring these modernisation plans into reality over the course of the next 3 to 10 years.

Construction works will commence with the alteration and extension of the Wharf and slipway at Rothera to accommodate the NPRV which is 1st set to dock at Rothera in the Austral Summer of 2018. In parallel an overall plan of modernisation will commence and be rolled out from 2017 into subsequent years to improve the overall effectiveness of the stations in terms of science capability, sustainability, energy efficiency and standards of livings for people engaged in world leading scientific research activity and discovery that BAS undertakes in the region.

Subject to a competitive tendering process, the Government's preference is for the selection of a construction partner than can work very closely with BAS over an extended period of time to pro-actively share and jointly manage the numerous risks and challenges associated with construction in the Antarctic region. Also that has the overall capability to deliver effective construction programmes that combine civils, building and facilities both in the Antarctic region and other potential regions of the world, including the UK, where BAS and NERC has a scientific research interest.
In addition to working very closely with BAS and NERC a strong partnership ethos will be essential to work openly, transparently and effectively with the Government appointed Technical Advisors and cost engineers towards ensuring that the overall modernisation delivers both on-time and provides sound value for money.
The Authority anticipates that an Industry Day will be held during May or June 2016. Details of this event will be advised to those parties expressing an interest nearer the time. In addition, further information will be released publicly in due course.

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:
Payment will be made against agreed and authorised stage payments and key milestones. Bids to be priced in pounds sterling (GBP).
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 Government has set out the need for greater transparency across its operations to enable the public to hold public bodies and politicians to account. This includes commitments relating to public expenditure, intended to help achieve better value for money. As part of the transparency agenda, Government has made the following commitments with regard to procurement and contracting:
All new Central Government contracts over the value of 10 000 GBP to be published in full online from July 2010;
All new Central Government sourcing documents for contracts over 10 000 GBP to be published on a single website from September 2010, with this information to be made available to the public free of charge;
New items of Central Government spending over 25 000 GBP to be published online from November 2010;
All new Central Government contracts to be published in full from January 2011.
Suppliers and those organisations looking to bid for public sector contracts should be aware that if they are awarded a new Government contract, the resulting contract between the supplier and Government will be published. In some circumstances, limited reductions will be made to some contracts before they are published in order to comply with existing law and for the protection of national security.
Service providers must clearly demonstrate recent successful experience in similar projects and environments.
Potential suppliers will be excluded if 1 of the following applies:
— The supplier is in a state of bankruptcy, insolvency, compulsory winding up, administration, receivership, composition with creditors or any analogous state or subject to relevant proceedings;
— Has been convicted of a criminal offence related to the business of professional misconduct;
— Has committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of business;
— Has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes,;
— Is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying information required by the authority;
— Is not in possession of a licence or not a member of the appropriate trade or other organisation where the law requires it.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: