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Works - 262935-2017

08/07/2017    S129

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Construction work for highways, roads

2017/S 129-262935

Contract notice

Works

Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Transport Scotland
Postal address: Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road
Town: Glasgow
NUTS code: UKM34 Glasgow City
Postal code: G4 0HF
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Clare Paterson
E-mail: Clare.Paterson@transport.gov.scot
Telephone: +44 1312445312
Fax: +44 1412727272
Internet address(es):
Main address: http://www.transport.gov.scot
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00099
I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
National or federal agency/office
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: transport

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

A9 Dualling: Advance Works Framework Agreement.

Reference number: TS/MTRIPS/WKS/2017/02
II.1.2)Main CPV code
45233100 Construction work for highways, roads
II.1.3)Type of contract
Works
II.1.4)Short description:

Transport Scotland is an agency of the Scottish Government and contracts in the name of and on behalf of the Scottish Ministers. Transport Scotland has identified a requirement to appoint suitably experienced contractors to perform various ancillary works in the vicinity of the A9 between Perth and Inverness, in advance of the A9 Dualling Schemes.

It has been concluded that this requirement would be best met through a multi-supplier framework agreement over a 4 years period, whereby works of varying size, value and complexity could be individually called-off as required.

To accommodate the various work types, the framework will be divided into lots: Lot 1 (works up to GBP 250 000 excluding piling); Lot 2 (works between GBP 250 000 and GBP 2 000 000 excluding piling); and Lot 3 (piling works up to GBP 350 000)

The framework agreement shall be procured through a competitive tender procedure, in accordance with the Restricted Procedure as provided for in the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 10 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for maximum number of lots: 3
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Lot 1

Lot No: 1
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
45110000 Building demolition and wrecking work and earthmoving work
45221220 Culverts
45232450 Drainage construction works
45233120 Road construction works
45340000 Fencing, railing and safety equipment installation work
45233161 Footpath construction work
45233162 Cycle path construction work
45233226 Access road construction work
45233290 Installation of road signs
77211300 Tree-clearing services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM27 Perth & Kinross and Stirling
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Lot 1 will include for individual work packages up to a value of GBP 250 000. Such work packages may include, but are not limited to, site clearance, tree felling, property demolition, access tracks, lay-bys, hard-standings, fencing, ducting, drainage, retaining walls, ground works, utility diversions, waterway diversions, footpath/cycleways, culverts, landscaping, signage and minor road or junction construction. Lot 1 excludes piling works.

Work packages may be called-off from the framework agreement over its 4 year period. It is intended that call-offs shall be on the basis of mini-competitions.

Transport Scotland will conduct the proposed procurement process for the Framework Agreement on behalf of the Scottish Ministers. In the event of the framework award, the Framework Agreement will be entered into between the Scottish Ministers and the successful tenderers. Similarly, subsequent call-off contracts will be entered into between the Scottish Ministers and the successful Framework Participant.

The Framework Agreement terms and conditions will be based on NEC Framework Agreement, and the call-off Contract terms and conditions will be based on NEC Short Form of Contract.

Each selected economic operator shall be invited to submit a Tender on the same contract terms.

The intent of this procurement competition is to procure 4 suitably experienced contractors (‘Framework Participants’) for Lot 1, that will permit the execution of works in relation to projects of varying size, complexity and value. Having 4 Framework Participants will provide flexibility to cover situations of capacity issues, demonstrate value for money, and expand opportunities.

To be considered for this Lot 1 economic operators are required to complete the European Single Procurement Document ESPD in accordance with this Contract Notice. Economic operators shall be evaluated in accordance with the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015, on the basis of information they have provided within the ESPD.

The ESPD can be downloaded via the Public Contracts Scotland portal (www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk).

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: The tenderers approach to execution of the Works, how they would manage their sub-contractors, comprehension of risks associated with the Works and community benefits. / Weighting: 20
Cost criterion - Name: The Comparative Cost of Tenders will be assessed against evaluation criteria to determine the most economically advantageous submission. Further information will be included in the tender documents. / Weighting: 80
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 3 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 8
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

It is intended that 8 economic operators be taken forward to tender stage. These economic operators shall be those who have:

(i) submitted a compliant submission, comprising the completed ESPD;

(ii) satisfied the relevant selection criteria under the exclusion grounds;

(iii) met the following criteria:

(a) Minimum Standards of Eligibility — provided evidence of working on specified types of projects over a specified value; and

(b) Technical or Professional Ability — provided evidence demonstrating an acceptable level of technical or professional ability.

(iv) in place quality, environmental and health and safety management systems;

(v) satisfied minimum standards of economic and financial standing;

(vi) experience in acting as the ‘Principal Contractor’ under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 or European equivalent; and

(vii) achieved the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth highest combined weighted scores within each lot in respect of technical or professional ability calculated in accordance with the responses to Statements (e), (f), (g) and (h) (refer to Section III.1.3).

However, if an economic operator has not submitted a compliant submission as described in (i) above, failed in respect of either (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) or (vi) above, then that economic operator shall be excluded from the ranking of scores described in (vii) as above.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Lot 2

Lot No: 2
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
45110000 Building demolition and wrecking work and earthmoving work
45221220 Culverts
45232450 Drainage construction works
45233120 Road construction works
45340000 Fencing, railing and safety equipment installation work
45233161 Footpath construction work
45233162 Cycle path construction work
45233226 Access road construction work
45233290 Installation of road signs
77211300 Tree-clearing services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM27 Perth & Kinross and Stirling
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Lot 2 will include for individual work packages with a value greater than GBP 250 000, up to GBP 2 000 000. Work activities may include, but are not limited to, site clearance, tree felling, property demolition, access tracks, lay-bys, hard-standings, fencing, ducting, drainage, retaining walls, ground works, utility diversions, waterway diversions, footpath/cycleways, culverts, landscaping, bridge works, signage and minor road or junction construction. Lot 2 excludes piling works.

Work packages may be called-off from the framework agreement over its 4 year period. It is intended that call-offs shall be on the basis of mini-competitions.

Transport Scotland will conduct the proposed procurement process for the Framework Agreement on behalf of the Scottish Ministers. In the event of the framework award, the Framework Agreement will be entered into between the Scottish Ministers and the successful tenderers. Similarly, subsequent call-off contracts will be entered into between the Scottish Ministers and the successful Framework Participant.

The Framework Agreement terms and conditions will be based on NEC Framework Agreement, and the call-off Contract terms and conditions will be based on NEC Short Form of Contract.

Each selected economic operator shall be invited to submit a Tender on the same contract terms.

The intent of this procurement competition is to procure 4 suitably experienced contractors (‘Framework Participants’) for Lot 2, that will permit the execution of works in relation to projects of varying size, complexity and value. Having 4 Framework Participants will provide flexibility to cover situations of capacity issues, demonstrate value for money, and expand opportunities.

To be considered for this Lot 2 economic operators are required to complete the European Single Procurement Document ESPD in accordance with this Contract Notice. Economic operators shall be evaluated in accordance with the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015, on the basis of information they have provided within the ESPD.

The ESPD can be downloaded via the Public Contracts Scotland portal (www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk).

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: The tenderers approach to: execution of the Works; how they would manage their sub-contractors; comprehension of risks associated with the Works and community benefits. / Weighting: 20
Cost criterion - Name: The Comparative Cost of Tenders will be assessed against evaluation criteria to determine the most economically advantageous submission. Further information will be included in the tender documents. / Weighting: 80
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 6 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 8
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

It is intended that 8 economic operators be taken forward to tender stage. These economic operators shall be those who have:

(i) submitted a compliant submission, comprising the completed ESPD;

(ii) satisfied the relevant selection criteria under the exclusion grounds;

(iii) met the following criteria:

(a) Minimum Standards of Eligibility — provided evidence of working on specified types of projects over a specified value; and

(b) Technical or Professional Ability — provided evidence demonstrating an acceptable level of technical or professional ability.

(iv) in place quality, environmental and health and safety management systems;

(v) satisfied minimum standards of economic and financial standing;

(vi) experience in acting as the ‘Principal Contractor’ under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 or European equivalent; and

(vii) achieved the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth highest combined weighted scores within each lot in respect of technical or professional ability calculated in accordance with the responses to Statements (e), (f), (g) and (h) (refer to Section III.1.3).

However, if an economic operator has not submitted a compliant submission as described in (i) above, failed in respect of either (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) or (vi) above, then that economic operator shall be excluded from the ranking of scores described in (vii) as above.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Lot 3

Lot No: 3
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
44212400 Piling
44212410 Sheet piling
45111230 Ground-stabilisation work
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM27 Perth & Kinross and Stirling
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Lot 3 will include for individual work packages up to a value of GBP 350 000. Work activities will primarily be sheet piling works, but may be extended to other piling or ground works.

Work packages may be called-off from the framework agreement over its 4 year period. It is intended that call-offs shall be on the basis of mini-competitions.

Transport Scotland will conduct the proposed procurement process for the Framework Agreement on behalf of the Scottish Ministers. In the event of the framework award, the Framework Agreement will be entered into between the Scottish Ministers and the successful tenderers. Similarly, subsequent call-off contracts will be entered into between the Scottish Ministers and the successful Framework Participant.

The Framework Agreement terms and conditions will be based on NEC Framework Agreement, and the call-off Contract terms and conditions will be based on NEC Short Form of Contract.

Each selected economic operator shall be invited to submit a Tender on the same contract terms.

The intent of this procurement competition is to procure 4 suitably experienced contractors (‘Framework Participants’) for Lot 3, that will permit the execution of works in relation to projects of varying size, complexity and value. Having 4 Framework Participants will provide flexibility to cover situations of capacity issues, demonstrate value for money, and expand opportunities.

To be considered for this Lot 3 economic operators are required to complete a European Single Procurement Document ESPD in accordance with this Contract Notice. Economic operators shall be evaluated in accordance with the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015, on the basis of information they have provided within the ESPD.

The ESPD can be downloaded via the Public Contracts Scotland portal (www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk).

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: The tenderers approach to: execution of the Works; how they would manage their sub-contractors; comprehension of risks associated with the Works and community benefits. / Weighting: 20
Cost criterion - Name: The Comparative Cost of Tenders will be assessed against evaluation criteria to determine the most economically advantageous submission. Further information will be included in the tender documents. / Weighting: 80
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 1 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 8
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

It is intended that 8 economic operators be taken forward to tender stage. These economic operators shall be those who have:

(i) submitted a compliant submission, comprising the completed ESPD;

(ii) satisfied the relevant selection criteria under the exclusion grounds;

(iii) met the following criteria:

(a) Minimum Standards of Eligibility — provided evidence of working on specified types of projects over a specified value; and

(b) Technical or Professional Ability — provided evidence demonstrating an acceptable level of technical or professional ability.

(iv) in place quality, environmental and health and safety management systems;

(v) satisfied minimum standards of economic and financial standing;

(vi) experience in acting as the ‘Principal Contractor’ under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 or European equivalent; and

(vii) achieved the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth highest combined weighted scores within each lot in respect of technical or professional ability calculated in accordance with the responses to Statements (e), (f), (g) and (h) (refer to Section III.1.3).

However, if an economic operator has not submitted a compliant submission as described in (i) above, failed in respect of either (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) or (vi) above, then that economic operator shall be excluded from the ranking of scores described in (vii) as above.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

Economic operators must be enrolled in the relevant professional or trade registers kept in the Member state of its establishment (as described in Schedule 5 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015) (i.e. registered under Companies House). Economic operators should provide details under Question Ref. 4A.1. For specific work package orders, relevant sector scheme accreditation may be requested.

Construction staff shall require to be accredited under the Construction Skills Construction Safety Scheme (CSCS) or equivalent.

Economic Operators must provide accreditation details under Question Ref. 4C.6.

Standards and Specification

Subject to the other provisions of the Contract, the standards and specifications with which the Contractor shall comply will include:

— Department for Transport Standards for Highways, specifically: Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB), Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works (MCHW) and Transport Scotland Interim Amendments (TSIA)

— Eurocodes;

— BS EN and BS EN ISO standards relating to construction of road schemes including earthworks;

— BS Codes of Practice relating to construction of road schemes including earthworks;

— Other Non-Conflicting Complementary Information (NCCI).

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015)

It is intended that, the successful tenderer for each call off contract shall fulfil the duties of Principal Contractor under CDM 2015. Therefore, economic operators shall be required to satisfy the Scottish Ministers as to their competence, resources and willingness to be appointed as Principal Contractor and fulfil those duties in accordance with CDM 2015 (refer to III.1.3).

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
List and brief description of selection criteria:

Economic Operators shall be required to satisfy minimum standards of economic and financial standing. To determine these standards, Economic Operators shall:

(a) in response to ESPD, Question Ref. 4B.1.1 provide the specified annual turnover for the last two years of trading, or for the period which is available if trading for less than two years;

(b) in response to ESPD, Question Ref. 4B.4 provide the name, value and/or range of NINE financial criteria for the last two years of trading, or for the period which is available if trading for less than two years; and

(c) in response to ESPD, Question Ref. 4B.5 confirm they already have or can commit to obtain, prior to commencement of the contract the required levels of insurance.

In addition to the information requested under (a) and (b), economic operators are required to provide a link / copies of the associated annual accounts as filed at Companies House (or equivalent if not a UK registered company) for the last two years of trading, or for the period which is available if less than two years.

This information has been requested to enable Transport Scotland to perform their own assessment and confirm the financial ratios submitted. Ultimately, ensuring the correct score is allocated, and to ensure no misinterpretation. Where there exist differences in ratios, between those provided and those calculated by Transport Scotland, clarification will be sought.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Economic operators shall be required to satisfy minimum standards of economic and financial standing. These are described below:

Evaluation Criteria Ratios (Question Ref. 4B.4)

The financial information received under ESPD, Question Ref. 4B.4 shall be evaluated and scored out of 50 by allocating a score against nine individual economic and financial standing evaluation criteria, namely:

1. Acid Test Ratio

2. Cash Interest Cover Ratio

3. Return on Capital Employed

4. Operating Profit Ratio

5. Net Worth

6. Gearing

7. Annual Contract Value to Turnover

8. Filed Accounts

9. Audit Report

The individual scores shall be weighted, with the most recent (‘Year 1’) financial statements weighted at 67 % and the previous (‘Year 2’) statements being weighted at 33 %, to form an aggregated score for each of the nine criteria over the two years.

The maximum cumulative score resulting from the summation of the nine economic and financial standing aggregated scores shall be 50 marks. A submission shall be marked as a FAIL and will not be considered further if the score achieved by a Single Economic Operator or a Group of Economic Operators is less than 50 percent of the available marks. The Economic and Financial Standing Evaluation Criteria Ratios and Scoring criteria can be downloaded via the Public Contracts Scotland portal www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk.

Where the submission has been submitted by a Group of Economic Operators, the information submitted by each Group Member will be evaluated in the proportion of the percentage shareholdings or percentage equity/interest of each Group Member and a score determined for such Group of Economic Operators on that basis.

Insurance (Question Ref. 4B.5)

In response to Question Ref. 4B.5 Economic Operators must confirm they already have or can commit to obtain, prior to the commencement the following levels of insurance:

Question Ref. 4B.5.1

Employer's Liability Insurance = GBP 10 000 000

Question Ref. 4B.5.2

A minimum of GBP 10 million insurance against the Contractor's liability for loss of or damage to property (except the works, Plant and Materials and Equipment) and for bodily injury to or death of a person (not an employee of the Contractor) arising from or in connection with the Contractor's Providing the Works.

In responding to Question Ref. 4B.5.1 and 4B.5.2 of the ESPD, where the bidder ticks the box ‘No, and I cannot commit to obtain it’ they shall be marked as FAIL, and shall not be considered further in this procurement competition.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:

ESPD Ref. 4C.1, Economic operators shall be required to insert suitable responses to Statements (a) to (h) below, demonstrating that they have the required minimum standards of eligibility and technical and professional ability. Answers to these statements shall be answered by Single Economic Operators and by Groups of Economic Operators (Group Members should not respond individually). A ‘group of economic operators’ is defined as an unincorporated consortium or joint venture.

Statements (a) (b) and (c) are specific to Lots 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Economic operators should provide responses to the statements applicable to which lots they are applying for. Responses should be provided using Table 1. Responses to Statements (a) (b) and (c) shall be assessed on the basis of PASS or FAIL. Economic Operators who fail to satisfy these minimum standards (either they answer ‘No’ or fail to provide an acceptable answer) shall be excluded from the respective lot within the competition.

Statement (d) is not scored but is required to be completed in order to answer Statements (e) to (h). Responses should be provided using Table 1.

The responses to Statements (e) to (h) shall be assessed on the basis of a score with a minimum threshold, using the following scoring mechanism:

— Nil or inadequate response. Fails to demonstrate previous experience/capacity/capability relevant to this criterion (0-2 Unacceptable);

— Response is partially relevant but generally poor. The response shows some elements of relevance to the criterion but contains insufficient/limited detail or explanation to demonstrate previous relevant experience/capacity/capability (3-4 Weak);

— Response is relevant and acceptable. The response demonstrates broad previous experience, knowledge and skills/capacity/capability but may lack in some aspects of similarity e.g. previous experience, knowledge or skills may not be of a similar nature (5-6 Acceptable);

— Response is relevant and good. The response is sufficiently detailed to demonstrate a good amount of experience, knowledge or skills/capacity/capability relevant to providing similar services to similar clients (7-8 Good);

— Response is completely relevant and excellent overall. The response is comprehensive, unambiguous and demonstrates thorough experience, knowledge or skills/capacity/capability relevant to providing similar services to similar clients (9-10 Excellent).

An ESPD shall be marked as a FAIL and will not be considered further if the score achieved for any statement is less than or equal to 2. Where a response is greater than 2 it shall be weighted in order to calculate a score out of 100 for the 4 statements. Responses to Statement (e) to (h) should be provided using Table 2.

Under ESPD Ref. 4C.7 economic operators shall be required to insert suitable responses to Statements (i), (j), and (k) demonstrating that they have in place appropriate quality, environmental and health and safety management systems. Economic Operators are required to provide details of a recognised accredited system or own non-accredited system, which will ultimately shall be adopted if awarded the contract. Subsequently, under ESPD Ref. 4D.1 economic operators are required to confirm their compliance and be able to provide the appropriate certification. The responses to Statements (i), (j), and (k) shall be assessed on a PASS or FAIL basis. Economic Operators who obtain a FAIL in either of their responses shall not be considered further in this competition..

Under ESPD Ref. 4C.6 economic operators shall be required to insert a suitable response to Statement (l) demonstrating they have the requisite experience to perform the role of Principal Contractor under CDM 2015 and are prepared to accept such appointment under the contract. The response to Statement (l) shall be assessed on the basis of PASS or FAIL. Economic operators who fail to provide suitable experience or satisfy these minimum standards shall not be considered further in this competition.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Statement (a) — Within the last 5 years have you constructed civil works on an infrastructure project to the value of at least GBP 200 000 in 2017 prices exclusive of VAT?;

Statement (b) — Within the last 5 years have you constructed a road project to the value of at least GBP 1 500 000 in 2017 prices exclusive of VAT?;

Statement (c) — Within the last 5 years have you constructed piling works near or within an environmentally sensitive watercourse of a value of at least GBP 100k?

Note: The responses to Statements (d) to (h) inclusive shall have predominantly been carried out in the last 5 years.

Statement (d) — Provide information on no more than 6 ‘reference projects’ which reflect similar works in terms of scope and size to the Lots you are applying for, detailing your role and the scope of the services performed. (Max 500 Words per reference project)

Statement (e) — Project management and supervision (Weighting 25 %; Max 750 words)

Provide details of staff and team structures used effectively on one or more reference projects which demonstrated: capability to deliver on time and budget; measures taken to ensure a positive health and safety culture on site; evidence of liaison with client, designer and supervision in order to produce best construction and financial results; and integration with local or specialist contractors when appropriate.

Statement (f) — Stakeholder engagement (Weighting 25 %; Max 750 words)

Using examples from the reference projects, provide details of approach on working with, managing and interfacing with, key stakeholders to ensure that the rights, interests and requirements of all parties are protected and delivered, including: evidence of the approaches to consultation with key stakeholders such as statutory bodies, local authorities, landowners and local communities; evidence of the development of mutual value; and benefits achieved as a result.

Statement (g) — Environment (Weighting 25 %; Max 750 words) — Provide details of approach used on the reference projects to minimise and mitigate the impact on the local community and the wider environment. The response should provide: details of specific mitigation measures adopted; how the effectiveness of these measures was assessed; and any positive impacts on the local community or environment.

Statement (h) — Fair Working Practices (Weighting 25 %; Max 750 words)

Provide details of a commitment to fair working practices. The response should provide: evidence of a fair and equal pay policy which commits to paying at least the Living Wage; evidence of the provision of staff welfare facilities; commitment to promoting equalities; and details of employee training initiatives (i.e. skill development, apprenticeships).

Statement (i) — Quality Management System. This may be European Foundation Quality Model (EFQM) or equivalent; BS EN ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management Systems); Other accredited management system; or Own non-accredited management system.

Statement (j) — Environmental Management System. This may BS EN ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management Systems); Other accredited management system; or Own non-accredited management system.

Statement (k) — Health and Safety Management System. This may BS EN ISO 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) and associated standards; Other accredited management system; or Own non-accredited management system.

Statement (l) — It is the intention that, if awarded a call-off contract, the Contractor shall be appointed the role of Principal Contractor under CDM 2015. Provide evidence to demonstrate competence in this role and also confirm that you are willing to accept this appointment.

III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

It is the Employer's policy to measure the performance of each Contractor on a regular basis.

In the event that a Contractor's performance falls below a satisfactory level, the Contractor will be invited to determine a means of rectifying the situation. Repeated or continual performance failures may result in suspension or termination of the contract and/or removal from the Framework.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 12
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 09/08/2017
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 04/09/2017
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:

The envisaged maximum total number of participants to the framework agreement is 12, which consists of a maximum 4 participants per Lot.

The duration of the framework referred to in paragraph II.2.7) of this notice is the period of the proposed framework agreement.

Each economic operator shall submit three paper copies (one marked ‘original’ and two marked copy 1 or 2 as relevant) together with one data CD/DVD of each completed ESPD, in a sealed package to arrive by no later than 12 noon BST on 9.8.2017 to the following addressee and address:

Procurement Support Manager

Transport Scotland

Buchanan House

58 Port Dundas Road

Glasgow

G4 0HF

United Kingdom

The Scottish Ministers shall not evaluate any submission received past the specified deadline, unless the delay is caused by a situation out with the control of the economic operator, the determination of which shall be at the sole discretion of the Scottish Ministers. Compliance with achieving the specified deadline is the sole responsibility of the economic operator.

Economic operators which alter their composition after making a submission will be the subject of re-evaluation.

Any request by Economic Operators for clarification of any part of the documentation shall be made through the Public Contracts Scotland website. The deadline to submit questions relating to the submission via the Public Contracts Scotland portal is 12:00 hrs BST on 2.8.2017.

Neither Transport Scotland nor the Scottish Ministers shall be responsible in any way to Economic Operators as a result of any delay or failure in answering any request for clarification or any decision not to answer a request for clarification (either in full or in part). Absence of a response from Transport Scotland or the Scottish Ministers shall not entitle Economic Operators to qualify their submission.

The Scottish Ministers reserve the right not to conclude any framework agreement as a result of the procurement process initiated by this notice and to make whatever changes the Scottish Minsters deem appropriate to the content, process, timing and structure of the procurement process.

Transport Scotland and the Scottish Ministers shall have no liability for any costs howsoever incurred by those participating in the competition.

Economic operators should be aware that all information submitted to the Scottish Ministers may need to be disclosed and / or published by the Scottish Ministers in compliance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at:

http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=447390.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=492919.

A sub-contract clause has been included in this contract. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2363

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2361

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

Requirement will be detailed in tender documentation and may relate to — training and recruitment, the availability of sub-contracting opportunities or approaches intended to improve the economic, social or environmental wellbeing of the surrounding areas.

(SC Ref:492919)

Download the ESPD document here: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/ESPD/ESPD_Download.aspx?id=492919

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Transport Scotland
Postal address: Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road
Town: Glasgow
Postal code: G4 0HF
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1412727100
Fax: +44 1412727272
Internet address: http://www.transport.gov.scot
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

An economic operator that suffers, or risks suffering, loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
06/07/2017