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Works - 290781-2020

22/06/2020    S119

United Kingdom-Birmingham: Construction work for pipelines, communication and power lines, for highways, roads, airfields and railways; flatwork

2020/S 119-290781

Contract notice – utilities


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: HS2
National registration number: 06791686
Postal address: High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, Two Snowhill, Queensway
Town: Birmingham
Postal code: B4 6GA
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: HS2 Procurement
Internet address(es):
Main address:
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.6)Main activity
Railway services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Railway Systems Procurement for the HS2 Project – Operational Telecommunication and Security Systems (Forming Part of Phase 1 and Phase 2a of the HS2 Project)

II.1.2)Main CPV code
45230000 Construction work for pipelines, communication and power lines, for highways, roads, airfields and railways; flatwork
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The operational telecommunications and security systems scope comprises: data transmission network (DTN), operational telephony system (OTS), tunnel radio system (TRS), telecommunication masts, GSM-R radio network, including base transmission stations (BTS), antenna, etc. relocatable equipment buildings (REBs), route wide security systems and passive provision for Airwave.

This includes without limitation the design, manufacture, supply, installation, safety authorisation, testing, commissioning and maintenance (until take-over by the Employer) and on-going technical support services of the operational telecommunication systems and route wide security systems on Phase 1 and 2a. A separate contract will also be awarded for the provision of technical support services.

Applicants are referred to the pre-qualification pack (PQP) for relevant information available at this contract notice stage.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 305 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
32000000 Radio, television, communication, telecommunication and related equipment
34940000 Railway equipment
35120000 Surveillance and security systems and devices
45230000 Construction work for pipelines, communication and power lines, for highways, roads, airfields and railways; flatwork
45234100 Railway construction works
45314300 Installation of cable infrastructure
50200000 Repair, maintenance and associated services related to aircraft, railways, roads and marine equipment
51100000 Installation services of electrical and mechanical equipment
71320000 Engineering design services
71334000 Mechanical and electrical engineering services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The operational telecommunications and security system (Op Comms) package of work comprises the following along the entire Phase 1 and 2a route:

Data Transmission Network (DTN)

Provide a fibre-optic bearer and internet protocol (IP) for high-speed, high-bandwidth, high-availability and low-latency data transmission circuits, designed to meet BS EN 50159:2010 Category 2 (open network) standards and manage the provision of operational systems.

Operational telephony system

A fixed-line voice communication network to support the operation of HS2, including a private branch exchange (PBX), voice recorder and call logger systems.

Tunnel radio system

Provide radio systems to end users within the HS2 tunnels:

GSM-R and Fireground; and

Emergency services network (ESN) and mobile network operator (MNO) services (subject to a separate procurement exercise).

Telecommunication towers

Design, construction and installation of the radio towers to support radio network coverage across the HS2 open route for the following radio technologies: GSM-R, MNO and ESN.

Relocatable equipment buildings (REB)

Provide for DTN, GSM-R, line of route security and third-party telecommunications systems. This will include building, fire and access control systems, which will be integrated into the HS2 engineering management system.

Route wide security

Delivery of electronic security measures along the HS2 line of route: perimeter protection, video surveillance, access control, intruder detection;

Selecting and leading integration of the security applications; and

Providing access control locks, intrusion prevention systems and structures such as camera masts.

GSM-R radio access network

A GSM-R radio communication system that will support both voice and data communications along the HS2 route, including points of transition with Network Rail infrastructure and at HS2 depots.

Network Rail, under contract with HS2 Ltd, will undertake all works necessary within the GB GSM-R core (network switching sub-system and base station controller) to extend and upgrade the national GSM-R system, including general packet radio services (GPRS).

Interface management responsibilities

Lead in the technical integration of shared telecommunication systems. During construction, testing and commissioning, the Op Comms Contractor will act as HS2’s technical authority for any radio frequency transmission equipment installed on HS2 infrastructure.

System integration facility (SIF)

Responsible for the DTN and GSM-R systems that are required in the SIF and a specific control, command and signalling (CCS) Integration laboratory.

Both the SIF and the CCS Integration Laboratory will be in HS2 Ltd buildings provided and fitted-out by others.

Cabling and cable protection

Design, supply and install:

Fibre optic cable, tunnel radiating cable, coaxial feeder cable, structure data cable and other cables as required, all power cabling from equipment to a local distribution board, all secondary cable containment and cable management from trackside equipment to the primary cable containment provided by others, cabling protection and suitable fire rating and labelling.

Civil engineering works

Design and provide all minor civil engineering works required for the telecommunications and security trackside equipment, concrete bases, masts, mast bases, ducting, equipment fixings, equipment housings and lineside buildings such as REBs where appropriate.

Maintenance and technical support services

Undertake maintenance of all equipment provided within this package between the date of installation and take-over of the works by the employer and, as required, undertake temporary operation, including making systems and facilities available to support the installation and testing of other railway systems and HS2 rolling stock.

Provide ongoing technical support and spares supply to the maintainer, under a separate technical support services contract for a minimum period of 8 years.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 305 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 23/08/2022
End: 23/08/2040
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: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Applicants are referred to the PQP for information on HS2 Ltd’s criteria for selecting Applicants to be invited to tender. HS2 Ltd expects to select four (4) applicants to tender in accordance with the provisions of the pre-qualification pack. HS2 Ltd but reserves the right in its absolute discretion to select greater or fewer applicants as set out in the PQP documents.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Applicants should be aware that HS2 Ltd reserves the right to omit and/or vary the scope of the procurement and/or require optional scope to be undertaken. In particular without limitation:

• the procurement will include Phase 2a of the project provided that HS2 Ltd reserves the right to omit and/or vary phase 2a works at its discretion.

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

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:

Applicants are referred to the PQP and pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) for information about conditions for participation.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.

Applicants are referred to the PQP and PQQ for information about HS2 Ltd’s requirements and minimum standards in relation to technical and professional ability for this procurement.

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation
List and brief description of rules and criteria:

Applicants are referred to the PQP and PQQ for information about HS2 Ltd’s rules and criteria for participation in this procurement.

III.1.6)Deposits and guarantees required:

HS2 Ltd reserves the right to require guarantees, bonds, collateral warranties (potentially including the grant of step-in rights) and other forms of security as appropriate to be specified in the procurement documents to be made available at the invitation to tender stage. Applicants are referred to the PQP for relevant information available at this contract notice stage.

III.1.7)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

The main financing conditions, payment mechanism, performance standards and incentive mechanism will be described in the procurement documents to be made available at invitation to tender stage but it is expected that the form of contract governing the design and build arrangements will be based on the NEC3 engineering and construction contract option C or suitable alternative pricing option, for the design and build element and an NEC term services contract (option to be determined) for technical support. HS2 intends to introduce and promote collaborative working arrangements between itself and the other railway systems contractors through detailed provisions in the contract. Applicants are referred to the PQP documents for relevant information available at this contract notice stage.

III.1.8)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

HS2 Ltd will accept expressions of interest and tenders from single entities or Consortia. HS2 Ltd does not require those Consortia who intend to form a single legal entity to do so at the PQQ stage. HS2 Ltd will consider contracting with a Consortium, providing always that the participants in any consortium are jointly and severally liable for all of the obligations of the contractor under the contract.

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

Applicants are referred to the PQP for details.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Negotiated procedure with prior call for competition
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated
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.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 177-429688
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 12/08/2020
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 12/04/2021
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 24 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:

1) To express interest in this procurement, applicants must complete the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) on the HS2 Ltd eSourcing Portal strictly in accordance with the submission deadline for PQ applications stated in the PQP (PQ application deadline);

2) An applicant may be a single organisation or a consortium, as detailed in the PQP documents;

3) An applicant may only submit one PQ application;

4) If an applicant is invited to tender for this procurement, it is referred to as a tenderer;

5) Section II.2.6) (GBP 305 000 000): the value of this procurement is estimated and based on 2020 prices;

6) Whilst these contracts are categorised as works contracts for the purposes of this notice, their scope also contains significant elements of supplies and services as set out in the PQP documents;

7) Section II.2.7) (Duration of the contract): timescales in this contract notice are estimated based on the current HS2 Ltd programme but may be subject to change. Design and build contract ends 2030 and the technical support runs from 2028 for 8 years (+option of 2 + 2 years);

8) A response to this contract notice does not guarantee that an applicant will be invited to tender. The award process may be terminated or suspended at any time without cost or liability to HS2 Ltd. HS2 Ltd does not bind itself to enter into a contract arising out of the procedures envisaged by this contract notice. No contractual rights express or implied arise out of this contract notice or the procedures envisaged by it. Any contract let by HS2 Ltd may provide that the scope or duration of the Contract may be extended at HS2 Ltd.’s discretion. HS2 Ltd reserves the right to vary its requirements and the procedure relating to the conduct of the award process. HS2 Ltd reserves the right to disqualify any Applicants on terms set out in the PQP documents;

9) Applicants shall be solely responsible for and liable for all costs associated with and arising out of or in connection with responding to this contract notice and PQP Documents and with submitting any tender, howsoever incurred;

10) HS2 Ltd embraces diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably skilled and experienced economic operators of all sizes who can meet the requirements, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, disability or age of supplier workforce and/or ownership. HS2 Ltd will actively promote sustainable procurement throughout its supply chain and welcomes applications from Applicants committed to the principles of reducing, reusing and recycling resources and to the practices of buying responsibly;

11) The dates set out in this notice are indicative and based on the current programme. HS2 Ltd reserves the right to amend and refine this timetable and full details will appear in the eventual tender documentation;

12) Applicants must allow sufficient time for uploading their pre-qualification applications and tenders. HS2 Ltd reserves the right to reject any pre-qualification application or tender that is not submitted in full before the relevant submission deadline;

13) HS2 Ltd reserves the right to require the submission of any additional, supplemental or clarification information as it may, in its absolute discretion, consider appropriate;

14) Access to PQQ and ITT documentation will be conditional upon HS2 Ltd receiving a confidentiality agreement in advance;

15) Terms with an initial capital letter used in this contract notice and the PQP Documents have the meanings given in those documents);

16) All applicants are required to express an interest by registering on the HS2 Ltd eSourcing Portal ( Registering is only required once;

17) For further assistance contact JAGGAER Advantage which is available Monday to Friday (8:00-18:00) GMT on: Email or Telephone +44 8003684850;

18) Applicants should be aware that HS2 Ltd reserves the right to omit work from and/or vary and or require optional scope to be undertaken.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: High Court
Postal address: Royal Courts of Justice, Strand
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 2LL
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20794760000
Internet address:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
Official name: High Court
Postal address: Royal Courts of Justice, Strand
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 2LL
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20794760000
Internet address:
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

HS2 Ltd will incorporate a standstill period of a minimum of 10 calendar days at the point that information on the award of the contract and the reasons for the award decision are communicated to tenderers.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: