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United Kingdom-Belfast: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.finance-ni.gov.uk/topics/procurement
Section II: Object
ID 2556445 DAERA Drinking Water Inspectorate Private Water Supplies: Delivery of Annual Monitoring Programme to include scheduling, provision of sample bottles, collection of water samples from Local Councils and transportation to laboratory, analysis and reporting of test results to the department.
The contractor shall undertake the collection, analysis and reporting of analytical results for samples of drinking water taken by local council officers from private water supplies under The Private Water Supplies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017. It shall be noted that this contract does not require the contractor to undertake sampling at private water supplies; this shall be carried out by environmental health staff at local councils across Northern Ireland. The contractor shall collect these samples from the individual council offices and arrange for the sample transportation, analysis and subsequent reporting of analytical results.
After the initial contract period, there are 2 options to extend for 1 year each.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
The client will monitor the contractor’s performance against the agreed private supplies water monitoring programme and as detailed in the commercial conditions of contract schedule 3 contract management/monitoring schedule.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Contract monitoring. The successful contractor’s performance on this contract will be managed as per the specification and regularly monitored (see Procurement Guidance Note 01/12 — contract management — procedures and principles). Contractors not delivering on contract requirements is a serious matter. It means the public purse is not getting what it is paying for. If a contractor fails to reach satisfactory levels of contract performance they will be given a specified time to improve. If, after the specified time, they still fail to reach satisfactory levels of contract performance, the matter will be escalated to senior management in CPD for further action. If this occurs and their performance still does not improve to satisfactory levels within the specified period, it may be regarded as an act of grave professional misconduct and they may be issued with a notice of unsatisfactory performance and this contract may be terminated. A central register of such notices for supplies and services contracts will be maintained and published on the CPD website. Any contractor in receipt of a notice of unsatisfactory performance will be required to declare this in future tender submissions for a period of 3 years from the date of issue of the notice. It may also result in the contractor being excluded from all procurement competitions being undertaken by centres of procurement expertise on behalf of bodies covered by the Northern Ireland Procurement Policy.
CPD will comply with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and, where appropriate, will incorporate a standstill period (i.e. a minimum of 10 calendar days) at the point information on the award of contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. This provides time for the unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.