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Services - 367121-2019

05/08/2019    S149

United Kingdom-Cardiff: Advisory and consultative engineering services

2019/S 149-367121

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Welsh Government
Postal address: Corporate Procurement Services, Cathays Park
Town: Cardiff
Postal code: CF10 3NQ
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000255720
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
Housing and community amenities

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Fire Engineering Services Framework

Reference number: C117/2019/2020
II.1.2)Main CPV code
71318000 Advisory and consultative engineering services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

This notice relates to the provision of advice on fire safety to the building regulations team of Welsh Government. The subsequent advice is separated into 2 areas.

1) Response to Grenfell;

2) General advice.

Please see the attached document for further information.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 700 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
71318000 Advisory and consultative engineering services
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:


This notice relates to the provision of advice on fire safety to the building regulations team of Welsh Government. The subsequent advice is separated into 2 areas.

Response to Grenfell.

Following the Grenfell Tower high rise fire the UK Government commissioned Dame Judith Hackitt to undertake an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. The final report makes recommendations for significant change in the treatment of high risk residential buildings of 10 storeys or more from the construction through to occupation. The review has looked at the existing regulatory regimes in England, however in the case of fire safety and building regulations, the systems in the UK generally mirror those of England making the review findings equally relevant to Wales.

The Welsh Government accepted that the review pointed to systemic weaknesses which applied equally in Wales. In light of the review and to consider a broad approach to reform, the former Minister for Housing and Regeneration announced the formation of an Expert Group. The final meeting of the Expert Group presented a ‘road map,’ recommending actions and further work or consideration leading to future reforms. The Expert Group’s recommendations (link below) combine both long-term measures to bring about whole-scale system reform and interim steps to make improvements in the here and now. Welsh Government accepts the recommendations and will take forward this work over the forthcoming years and the building regulations team will take forward work on the approval and construction phases.

General advice

Building regulations cover the construction of new buildings and the alteration or extension of existing buildings and Part B of the Building regulations which covers fire safety and is supported by Approved Document B volume 1 and 2. These documents provide general guidance on the performance expected of materials and building work in order to comply with the building regulations and practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations.

The regulations and approved documents should reflect the policy requirements of Welsh Government and best practice, and to ensure they provide this they are periodically reviewed. The advice will need to cover all areas of Part B should the Building Regulations team require it.

Overview of work

The aim of this appointment is to secure the services of consultants who are able to provide advice on fire safety and fire engineering matters relating to building regulations and Approved Document B generally as well as assisting in the development of proposals to make amendments to the building control system for the construction, refurbishment and management of buildings determined as being in scope of the new system.

For the purposes of this contract, fire safety and fire engineering is considered to be all aspects of fire related matters for buildings in scope from early concept design through the full building lifecycle from concept design, construction, inspection, certification, handover, occupation and subsequent post completion building work phases. The contract will operate on a call-off basis for a period of 2 years, with the option to have a 2 year extension (bringing the total time to 4 years).

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Sell2Wales Web Site at

(WA Ref:94457)

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: