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United Kingdom-Birmingham: Research and development services and related consultancy services
Contract award notice
Results of the procurement procedure
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Specialist Professional and Technical Services 2 (SPaTS 2) Framework
The contract was previously advertised under the name Specialist Professional, Environmental, Customer Insight, Technical, Research and Engineering Services (SPECTRE) Framework.
Appointed suppliers will provide specialist, professional, technical consultancy, engineering advice, research, innovation and procurement advice services across a range of transport related topics.
The framework will be divided into two lots and will be for a duration of 4 years.
Technical Consultancy, Engineering Advice, Research and Innovation Services
The provision of technical consultancy, engineering advice, research and innovation for roads, vehicles, highway infrastructure and operations on the following topics:
(a) asset operation, maintenance, assurance and performance;
(b) business support;
(c) communications and data transfer;
(d) customer insight research, market research and publicity;
(e) design standards manuals and departures;
(f) economics, statistics and transport modelling;
(g) enforcement policy;
(i) geotechnical engineering;
(j) health and safety, security, road safety and vehicle restraint;
(k) highway structures;
(l) identity and image;
(m) incident management and traffic officer service;
(n) intelligent transport;
(o) management information systems;
(p) network resilience;
(q) pavement engineering;
(r) pilots and trials;
(s) post implementation evaluation;
(t) quality management;
(u) risk and value management;
(v) road user behaviour;
(w) strategic transport planning and policy;
(y) traffic signals and road lighting;
(z) transport engineering.
It is expected that the successful suppliers will utilise a diverse supply chain to provide specialist support in the required areas.
Work under the framework may be awarded following mini-competition, following a single response to a request for expressions of interest or through a direct award to a single supplier.
The main site of performance of the activities is England. However, successful suppliers may be requested to work outside of England in support of the organisations enabled to use this framework, as noted at VI.3).
Highways England reserves the right to transfer any unallocated value between lots to fund additional projects. Therefore when considering potential value of work which may be won by a successful supplier, bidders should consider the total expected value of the framework as well as of the relevant lot.
The provision of procurement advice and support for contract development, supply chain analysis and general procurement activities, including commercial assessment support.
There will be a maximum of six suppliers appointed to this lot. It is expected that the successful suppliers will utilise a focused supply chain to reduce opportunities for conflicts of interest in the supported procurement activities.
Section IV: Procedure
Section V: Award of contract
Suppliers are given additional marks in secondary competitions for work under the framework based on their performance against targets to subcontract work to small or medium sized enterprises.
Section VI: Complementary information
This framework is enabled for the use of the following UK public sector organisations:
1) Highways England;
2) Department for Transport;
3) High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd;
4) Local highway authorities in the United Kingdom;
5) Metropolitan combined authorities in England and Wales; and
6) Transport for London.
Where an enabled organisation transfers some or all of its functions to a successor organisation, following the date of dispatch of the contract notice, that successor organisation will also become an enabled organisation.
Highways England will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point information on award of the contract is communicated to tenderers.
Appeals must be lodged in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) as amended.