United Kingdom-London: Environmental monitoring other than for construction
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency
Section II: Object
Ad-hoc Monitoring and Assessment of Radioactivity in the Environment
The objectives of the framework are to:
— provide the environment agency with information (monitoring/analytical results) pertaining to issues arising from its radiological/nuclear inspection, work, possible radiation accidents and unforeseen radiation events,
— provide the environment agency with technical support to help determine and develop methods or guidance for sampling and analysis of radioactivity in the environment, or in wastes, also to aid in specialist tasks (for example monitoring investigations) where required,
— provide monitoring support in the event of a radiation emergency,
— provide the environment agency with resources with expertise in the provision of prospective radiological assessments and retrospective dose assessments for the public,
— provide additional resources to allow investigations of exposure of the public and other organisms from future discharges or past discharges, disposals, incidents and accidents involving radioactivity.
Bids will be accepted for either:
Lot 1: Monitoring of Radioactivity; or
Lot 2: Technical Radiological Assessment or a combined bids for both.
The Contracting Authority reserves the right not to award the same bidder a contract for both lots if the bidder is unable to evidence they have the resources to undertake the services required for both lots.
Monitoring of Radioactivity
The objectives of lot 1 are to:
— provide the environment agency with information (monitoring/analytical results) pertaining to issues arising from its inspection work, possible accidents and unforeseen events,
— provide monitoring support in the event of a radiation emergency.
A notice will be issued approximately 9-12 months prior to renewal to commence a new tender procedure.
The objectives of lot 2 are to:
— provide the environment agency with expertise for the provision of prospective radiological assessments and retrospective dose assessments for the public,
— provide additional resources to allow investigations of exposure of the public and wildlife from future discharges and past discharges, disposals, incidents and accidents involving radioactivity.
A new notice will be published approximately 9-12 months before the end of the framework to commence a new tender exercise.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
53 month period will bring the framework back in line with Environment Agency budget periods.
Section VI: Complementary information
12 months prior to framework end.
The Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period following electronic notification(minimum of 15 calendar days for any other means of communication) to unsuccessful applicants of the award decision. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the applicant was unsuccessful. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
The environment agency expressly reserves the right:
(i) not to award or enter into any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by the publication of this notice;
(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition;
(iii) to award one or more public contract(s) in relation to part only of the requirements covered by this notice; and/or
(iv) to award a contract(s) in stages.
In no circumstances will the environment agency be liable for any costs incurred by the applicants/tenderers and their associated parties. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential applicants and the environment agency will not be responsible for any such expenditure.