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United Kingdom-Leeds: Design consultancy services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Regional Delivery Partnership Technical Adviser
Highways England seeks to appoint 6 Technical Advisers (TAs) to support delivery of the UK Road Investment Strategy (RIS). TAs will recommend to Highways England the best route option and then protect its technical interests throughout development and delivery phases of a scheme. The TA will act as an enabler in its relationship with the DIP, assisting Highways England to create the environment for project success. The framework will be divided into 6 lots, with each lot having a specific value threshold for schemes and covering a defined geographical area:
— Lots 1 to 3 (Band A) are for schemes with a client budget of less than or equal to 100 000 000 GBP,
— Lots 4 to 6 (Band B) are for schemes with a client budget of greater than 100 000 000 GBP.
South West and Midlands (≤ 100 000 000 GBP)
South West and Midlands, England.
Provision of TA services for the delivery of RIS 2 (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-investment-strategy-post-2020) schemes with a client budget of less than or equal to £100m in the South West and Midlands regions.
There will be 1 tenderer appointed to this lot but they are not guaranteed any work or specific schemes from this tender process. Schemes allocated to this lot will be issued through a direct award to the successful tenderer for this lot or in circumstances specified in the procurement documents tendered as a mini-competition which may include the suppliers appointed to all lots. The successful tenderer for this lot may also have opportunities to win additional schemes in the rest of England in the circumstances specified in the procurement documents. Please note that the award of a scheme at PCF stage 1 does not guarantee it will proceed to PCF stage 7; a scheme can be withdrawn at any PCF stage in line with Highways England's governance procedures.
TAs will undertake the following:
During PCF Stage 1 & 2
Identify options that address the objectives stated in the Client Scheme Requirements
Develop options that comply with legislation and policy, through HE's preferred project delivery methodology (Project Control Framework(PCF), to take to public consultation
Preferred options should be deliverable, affordable and provide value for money when whole life of asset is taken into account
Undertake and record an appraisal of the performance of scheme options against key metrics with high technical assurance
Identify maintenance activities and designated fund opportunities that could be delivered during the project
Consider customer impacts arising during the enhancement and operation of the improved asset
Deliver effective stakeholder engagement and public consultation to enable a Preferred Route Announcement
Complete the schemes High Level Requirements
Facilitate, oversee and optimise the transition from Options phase to Development Phases
Realise and improve productivity and continually improve the value for money for the TA services;
Fully engage with the Regional Sustainable Improvement Hub(s), the National Community of TAs and Centre(s) of Excellence.
During PCF Stages 3 to 7
Assure against the High Level Requirements allocated to the Delivery Integration Partner (DIP) and be custodians of the preferred route intent;
Oversee and optimise the transition between PCF stage 2 and 3;
Assure the basis of the marginal gain calculations when the DIP maintains or improves the investment baseline (measured via marginal cost benefit analysis);
Support the Employer in agreement of the Budget;
Continually improve the value for money of the TA Services;
Fully engage with the Regional Centre(s) of Excellence and the National Community of TA's;
Through high quality, right first time, service delivery, support the DIP's delivery of efficiency and predictability;
Assure the DIP's delivery of successful outcomes for PCF Stages 3 to 7; and
Assure and support transition of schemes from the DIP into Operations Directorate (OD) through to completion of SGAR 7
During PCF Stages 6 & 7
Undertake the role of Supervisor to the DIP (please note the DIP is an NEC 4 based contract); and
Provide assurance for other design services that are to be completed.
Highways England will not allow a TA for a scheme to also be the DIP (framework) Principal Designer for any given scheme. A Market Share rule will be applied to the value of work any one TA can undertake during the framework. This value is £78m which represents 30 % of the overall framework value.
Highways England reserves the right to transfer any unallocated value between lots to fund additional schemes in different geographical areas therefore when considering potential value of work which may be won by a successful technical adviser tenderers should consider the total expected value of the framework as well as of the relevant lot.
South East and East (≤ £100m)
South East and East, England
Provision of TA services for the delivery of RIS 2 (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-investment-strategy-post-2020) schemes with a client budget of less than or equal to £100m in the South East and East regions.
Highways England reserves the right to transfer any unallocated value between lots to fund additional schemes in different geographical areas therefore when considering potential value of work which may be won by a successful Technical Adviser Tenderers should consider the total expected value of the Framework as well as of the relevant lot.
North East and North West (≤ £100m)
North East and North West, England
Provision of TA services for the delivery of RIS 2 (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-investment-strategy-post-2020) schemes with a client budget of less than or equal to £100m in the North East and North West regions.
South West & Midlands (> £100m)
South West & Midlands, England
Provision of TA services for the delivery of RIS 2 (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-investment-strategy-post-2020) schemes with a client budget of greater than £100m in the South West & Midlands regions.
South East and East (> £100m)
Provision of TA services for the delivery of RIS 2 (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-investment-strategy-post-2020) schemes with a client budget of greater than £100m in the South East and East regions.
North East and North West
Provision of TA services for the delivery of RIS 2 (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-investment-strategy-post-2020) schemes with a client budget of greater than £100m in the North East and North West regions.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
As detailed in the procurement documents:
— constructionline (https://www.constructionline.co.uk/) is the UK Government's national pre-qualification register for construction contractors and consultants,
— applicants may demonstrate their suitability for a number of aspects in the selection process through providing their registration number for their valid and up to date constuctionline account. Contractors or incorporated joint ventures (single legal entities) submitting an application should provide their constructionline registration number. For unincorporated joint ventures submitting an application each member of the group should provide their individual constructionline registration number,
— constructionline members are requested to ensure their profile is valid and up to date for the purposes of this tendering process,
— where applicants do not have a constructionline account, or a valid and up to date constructionline account,they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their suitability through other means, in accordance with the procurement documents,
— where a tenderer is unable to demonstrate sufficient financial standing a guarantor to provide a parent company guarantee will be required. If no parent company guarantee is available, then an alternative form of guarantee will be provided for Highways England’s approval. A parent company guarantee (or equivalent) may be requested at any time during the term of the contract,
— applicants cannot express an interest as a joint venture in the same lot if they have expressed an interest as a single entity.
— a parent company guarantee (or equivalent) may be required at any time during the term of the contract,
— a parent company guarantee (or equivalent) will be required where the financial standing of the applicant does not meet the required level as stated in the procurement documents.
Section IV: Procedure
Whilst most schemes are scheduled to be allocated during the first 4 years, the exact timing of scheme awards is subject to change for political and budgetary reasons. A 6 year term provides assurance that the entire programme can be delivered under the framework and gives the supply chain confidence to invest in capacity building, productivity improvements and apprentice recruitment and training.
Section VI: Complementary information
At the time of starting this procurement (July ’19) the forward programme of schemes to be included in the TA framework is yet to be confirmed. The maximum total TA spend under the framework is currently estimated to be approximately £150m over the 6-year term. The Lot values have been set based on a 1:3 split between Band A and Band B and an even split between the Lots within each Band. The total framework value of £260m ensures sufficient contingency over and above the current estimated TA spend.
How to Express Interest in this Tender:
1) Register for a free account at https://highways.bravosolution.co.uk;
2) Click the “ITTs Open To All Suppliers” link. Click on the relevant ITT to access the content. Click the “Express Interest” button at the top of the page. This will move the ITT into your “My ITTs” page (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only). You can now access any attachments by clicking “Buyer Attachments” in the “ITT Details” box;
3) Click “My Response” under “ITT Details”, you can choose to “Create Response” or to “Decline to Respond” (please give a reason if declining). You can now use the “Messages” function to communicate with HE and seek any clarification. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the ITT. There may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform. You must then submit your reply using the “Submit Response” button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.
Expressions of interest must be submitted from the Contractor’s registered office address. Each member of a Joint Venture (JV) must submit a letter from their own registered office confirming all company names in the proposed JV.
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HE reserves the right not to accept the highest scoring, or any, tender. Bidders should note that tenders are submitted at the supplier's own cost and risk. HE may cancel the competition or part of it for any reason, and bidders' costs will not be reimbursed. HE expressly reserves the right
(i) not to award any contract as a result of this tendering exercise commenced by publication of this notice and
(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition and in no circumstances will HE be liable for any costs incurred by candidates.
Further information is provided in the procurement documents.
Highways England will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point information on an 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.