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United Kingdom-Cardiff: Building construction work
Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Main address: http://www.procurement.wales.nhs.uk
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA0221
Section II: Object
Construction Services for the Dragon’s Heart Hospital
NWSSP on behalf on Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board wish to inform the market that they have awarded a contract for construction services for the Dragon’s Heart Hospital.
NWSSP on behalf of the Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board wish to inform the market that due to the Covid-19 global pandemic they have awarded a contract for construction services for the Dragon's Heart Hospital.
Section IV: Procedure
Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The advice from the World Health Organisation suggests that most people infected with the Covid-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and Cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
As part of the Covid response to be prepared, plans were agreed with the Welsh Government, Health Board, Councils and the Welsh Rugby Union to secure the Principality Stadium in the Cardiff City Centre to transform the space into a temporary Field Hospital that could accommodate up to 2000 additional beds for Covid-19. The hospital will treat Covid-19 patients who do not require critical care, beginning with those who are recovering yet cannot be discharged home at present.
To enable this rapid requirement to be completed in a matter of weeks to support and decrease the projected significant public health risks if additional facilities could not be provided, the Cardiff and Vale UHB would like to inform the market that under Regulation 32 (2) (c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR’s) ES Global Limited was retained for the construction works adaption of the principality stadium into a temporary field hospital.
The health board met all the tests for awarding a contract under this regulation due to the immediate risk that COVID-19 posed to public health. In these exceptional circumstances, there was no time to run an accelerated procedure in line with PCR’s as a facility for additional capacity was directly required to be built or adapted and equipped for swift healthcare provision.
Covid-19 is a global emergency pandemic and the immediate requirement for a Field Hospital was not something that could have been predicted.
The Dragon’s Heart Hospital is the largest temporary hospital in Wales and the second largest in the UK and it was officially opened on the 19th April for staff training to commence prior to patients being admitted.
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Section VI: Complementary information
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board will allow a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period between notifying the award decision and awarding the contract. Should additional information be required it should be requested of the addressee in section I.1). Aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the procurement rules have the right to take action in the High Court (England and Wales). Any such action is subject to strict time limits in accordance with the Public Contracts (Amendments).