United Kingdom-London: Environmental monitoring other than for construction
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk
Section II: Object
Euratom Radioactivity Monitoring Programme for the UK
This notice covers 2 components required for Euratom Radioactivity Monitoring Programmes for the UK (excluding Scotland) contracts managed by the Environment Agency. The tender will comprise of
— Lot 1: Chemical and Radiochemical Analysis of Public Drinking Water Sources and
— Lot 2: Monitoring of Radioactivity in Air and Rainwater.
The services required include sampling and monitoring at a range of third party monitoring sites included in the programme; laboratory based chemical and radiochemical analysis of the samples taken;reporting of results. The Lots will be awarded as independent contracts at the end of the tender exercise.
The award of Lots will be based on the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) for each Lot. Award may be to a single supplier for each Lot or to a single contractor for both Lots if they provide the MEAT for both Lots.
Chemical and Radiochemical Analysis of Public Drinking Water Soures
England and Wales
For the Public Drinking Water Sources component the Contractor is required to liaise with Water Company /Utilities staff for the collection of samples on the programme in England and Wales. Currently Water Company /Utilities staff undertake the sampling and the contractor provides sample containers and transportation between the sampling locations and the Contractor’s analytical laboratory. As well as looking at options to continue working in that way this contract will also explore the contractor using their own (or sub-contracted) staff to take the samples in liaison with Water Companies / Utilities. The Contractor is also required to undertake laboratory based chemical and radiochemical analyses of the water samples. The Contractor is required to provide the analytical results to the Environment Agency in the form of quarterly reports and upload the data into electronic reporting systems for the he EC and RIMNET.
Further contract opportunity notices will be published approximately 12 months prior to the end of this contract.
Monitoring of Radioactivity in Air and Rainwater
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
For the Air and Rainwater component. The Contractor is required to ensure sampling equipment, currently high volume air samplers and rainwater collectors, based at a number of sites across England Wales and Northern Ireland, is kept in working order (including annual PAT testing and calibration) and ensure arrangements are maintained with local contacts who change filters and dispatch all samples. The Contractor will be responsible for setting up suitable sample transportation arrangements. The Contractor is also required to undertake laboratory based radiochemical analyses of the high volume air filters and rainwater samples. The Contractor will be required to provide the analytical results to he Environment Agency in the form of quarterly reports and upload the data into electronic reporting systems for the EC and RIMNET.
Further contract notices will be published approximately 12 months prior to the end of this contract.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Other contracting authorities: This framework is primarily intended to meet the needs of the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency may require the successful bidder(s) to provide the goods/services on the same terms that are agreed as a result of this tender to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and to its associated bodies including any Agencies and non-departmental public bodies and others (the Defra Group). The Agency may also require the provision of the goods/services to members of the aforementioned Defra Group via the Environment Agency, rather than directly. A full list of the Defra Group can be found at:
The successful bidder(s) may also be required to provide the services to local authorities in England and Wales. A full list may be found at http://local.direct.gov.uk/Data/
Similarly, the successful bidder(s) may be required to supply the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales, the successful bidder(s) may also be required to provide the services to Central Government departments, executive agencies, and other NDPBs. Full lists can be found at:
The Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period following electronic notification (minimum of 15 calendar days for any other means of communication) to unsuccessful applicants of the award decision. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the Applicant was unsuccessful. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No. 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the Contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the Contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
The Environment Agency expressly reserves the right:
(i) not to award or enter into any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by the publication of this notice;
(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition;
(iii) to award one or more public contract(s) in relation to part only of the requirements covered by this notice; and/or
(iv) to award a contract(s) in stages.
In no circumstances will the Environment Agency be liable for any costs incurred by the Applicants/Tenderers and their associated parties. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to Contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential Applicants and the Environment Agency will not be responsible for any such expenditure.