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United Kingdom-Birmingham: Road equipment
Modification of a contract/concession during its term
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Section II: Object
Stopped Vehicle Detection (SVD) 2020 (Lot 1)
Highways England requires a Stopped Vehicle Detection (SVD) solution to detect individual stopped vehicles in live lanes on Smart Motorway All Lane Running sections of the Network in England. The SVD solution must enable early intervention and the setting of road signals that notify road users of the presence of the stopped vehicle.
To provide a Stopped Vehicle Detection (SVD) radar solution:
• roadside installation will be undertaken by third parties but the supplier will be required to commission the radar solution and may be required to support installation;
• detection technology and a supporting system which provide operators in our Regional Operational Centres with stopped vehicle alerts, enabling action to be taken to intervene;
• the solution will need to be capable of detecting any vehicle permitted to use motorways.
Section IV: Procedure
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Section VI: Complementary information
Section VII: Modifications to the contract/concession
As described in section II.2.4).
Nature and extent of the modifications (with indication of possible earlier changes to the contract):
The current framework for the provision of a Lot 1 Stopped Vehicle Detection (SVD) solution twas awarded on 16 July 2020 for a 4-year term with an expiry date of 15 July 2024.
The original scope and estimated value for the supply of SVD radar under this framework was determined based on the understanding that radar units would be sited on average 500 m apart on the Strategic Road Network (SRN). Since the award of this framework, a detailed technical review was undertaken to determine the optimal spacing of radar. This review determined that it was optimal to locate SVD radar technology to make use of as much existing infrastructure as possible whilst still delivering the required degree of effectiveness of detection on the road network, and therefore units would be sited on average 300 metres apart in all future installations.
As a result of the decision, additional radar units and associated commissioning and support services have become necessary under this framework. The estimated value of the additional supplies and services is GBP 7.75 million.
A modification to the framework is therefore required in accordance with Regulation 72(1)(b) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 for additional services and supplies by the original contractor that have become necessary and were not included in the original procurement, where a change of contractor:
(i) cannot be made for economic or technical reasons such as such as requirements of interchangeability or interoperability with existing equipment, services or installations procured under the initial procurement; and
(ii) would cause significant inconvenience or substantial duplication of costs for the contracting authority;
(iii) And the increase in price does not exceed 50 % of the value of the original contract.
In order to meet the increased density requirements, additional radar units are required and these will need to be inter-operable with the existing Navtech radar supplied under the current framework. No other provider could supply the Navtech radar without the agreement of Navtech, and even if Navtech gave its agreement for another provider to supply its radar, no other provider could supply the Navtech radar and associated commissioning and support services without a considerable increase in price compared to Navtech supplying its radar directly. These are the economic and technical reasons why a change of contractor cannot be made. Furthermore, if it were possible it would cause substantial inconvenience and duplication of costs to engage any other contractor to provide the additional supplies and services, when the majority of the radar units, commissioning and support will be provided by the existing supplier under this framework.