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United Kingdom-Hertford: Site preparation work
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
HCC — 05/20 — The Provision of a Master Developer for the Baldock North Urban Extension Project
The Baldock North Urban Extension Project (‘the Project’) is a proposed urban extension scheme in North Hertfordshire. The local plan allocation is for a circa 3 300 unit urban extension, including a local centre, and significant employment space and associated infrastructure. The landowner — Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) — is seeking a master developer for the project who will be responsible for developing a scheme through a planning application and delivering the Project in partnership with HCC. It is HCC’s intention that Herts Living Ltd (‘HLL’) (HCC’s wholly-owned development company) may also take part in the project by way of delivery of residential and/or employment units and/or investment and in this regard, HCC is procuring this contract on behalf of itself and HLL. It is also HCC’s intention that Chalkdene Developments LLP (the joint venture partnership set up by HLL) will have the ability to develop up to 15 % of the total number of residential units.
Please refer to the additional information contained at section VI.3) of this notice and to the descriptive document for full details in relation to this project. This procurement is being conducted in line with Regulation 30 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (Competitive Dialogue). Suppliers wishing to take part in this project are invited to 'express interest' which will give access to the full procurement documents in the e-tendering system. To be considered as a bidder you must complete and submit a Supplier Questionnaire (SQ) by the deadline of 12.00 noon on 25 September 2020. Only those shortlisted will be invited to participate in dialogue. Any questions relating to this procurement must be made via correspondence on the website, in accordance with the procurement documents and can be addressed to the main contact as shown in the details above. Please allow sufficient time to make your return as late returns will not be permitted by the system.
As set out in the Selection Questionnaire.
The initial contract shall be for 20 years. HCC has the ability to extend the contract for a period or periods of up to a total of a further 5 years as described in more detail in the contract documents.
Please see VI.3) and the procurement documents for further details.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Please refer to the tender documents.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
1) HCC estimate that the gross development value of the project will be approximately GBP 500 000 000.00. HCC may look to the master developer selected through this procurement to bring forward a further urban extension project (in excess of 1 000 residential units) within Hertfordshire. In this event, HCC estimate that the total GDV of this contract will be approximately GBP 750 000 000.00. These estimates are reflective of current values and do not allow for any inflation.
2) Further information about this opportunity can be found in the descriptive document and related procurement documentation which can be obtained by logging in to www.supplyhertfordshire.uk.
3) Organisations should be aware that due to the nature of the works provided, any contract formed as a result of this procurement process is likely to be executed as a deed. Organisations should seek independent legal advice on the implications of this prior to submitting a tender, where appropriate.
4) The Councils reserve the right to cancel the procurement at any stage of the procurement process and not award a contract or to award only part of the opportunity described in this contract notice.
5) The Councils, nor any person on whose behalf of whom this procurement is undertaken is to be liable for any costs incurred by those expressing an interest or tendering for this contract, including their associated entities or any other person.
6) To access this procurement opportunity please visit www.supplyhertfordshire.uk and follow the on-screen guidance.If you wish to be considered as a bidder you must complete and submit a selection questionnaire by the closing date and time. Selection questionnaires cannot be uploaded after the closing date/time.
7) Any clarifications regarding this opportunity must be raised through the correspondence area in the eTendering system. If you are experiencing problems with the eTendering system, In-Tend offer a help section which includes a dedicated UK support desk which can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +441144070065 for any website /technical questions, Monday to Friday 8.30 — 17.00.
8) The Councils undertake to hold confidential any information provided in the proposal submitted, subject to the Councils' obligations under law, including the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If the potential supplier considers that any of the information submitted in the proposal should not be disclosed because of its commercial sensitivity or for reasons of confidentiality, then this should be stated with the reason for considering it sensitive. The Councils will then endeavour to consult with the potential supplier about such commercially sensitive or confidential information when considering any request received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 before replying to such a request, but the decision of the Councils in deciding whether an exemption applies is final.
9) The Councils reserve the right to carry out additional financial checks on all companies tendering for this contract at any time during the procurement process, to ensure that they continue to meet the Councils' requirements and remain financially viable to perform the Contract. The Councils will require a group of economic operators to whom the contract is awarded to form a legal entity. Any deposits or guarantees will be established as part of the competitive dialogue procurement procedure. Any financing conditions and payment arrangements will be established as part of the competitive dialogue procurement procedure.
10) Please note: HCC will be holding a supplier event on the 2 September 2020. If your Organisation is interested in attending you must 'opt in' to this opportunity by accessing the procurement documentation via www.supplyhertfordshire.uk and following the on-screen guidance. Once your organisation is registered HCC will be able to provide you with further details in relation to this event.
The Contracting Authority (Section I.1) of this contract notice refers) will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day (when using electronic means) standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the decision to award a contract before a contract is executed/signed (as appropriate). The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 ('Regulations') provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly and within the time limits as defined in the above regulations. Where a contract has not been entered into the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the court has the options to award damages and/or to shorten or order the contract ineffective. Any applications to the court must be made in accordance with Part 3 (Remedies) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.