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19/12/2015    S246    Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Paisley: Development consultancy services

2015/S 246-447386

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: Renfrewshire Council
Postal address: Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street
Town: Paisley
Postal code: PA1 1JB
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Karen Scott
Telephone: +44 1416187025
Fax: +44 1416187050

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Airport Access Project Lead Consultancy Commission.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 18: Rail transport services
Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow City Council boundary areas.


II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal is an agreement between the UK and Scottish Governments and eight Glasgow and Clyde Valley local authorities which will support delivery of an improved transport network across the Region, provide key development and regeneration sites and to improve public transport. As part of this City Deal, Renfrewshire Council are leading a joint project with Glasgow City Council to deliver a Glasgow Airport Access Project (AAP).
The AAP has a project budget of 144 300 000 GBP and is an integral part of the 1 130 000 000 GBP infrastructure fund available through the City Deal to create a gateway for inbound business and tourist traffic to the Glasgow & Clyde Valley region with improved connectivity to and from Glasgow Airport. To do this the AAP is expected to include a fixed link from Glasgow Central Station to Glasgow Airport with a stop at Paisley.
A long list of delivery solutions for the AAP were considered as part of the development of the Strategic Business Case which was approved by the City Deal Cabinet on 15 December 2015 (a copy can be found here ( The qualitative and quantitative assessment of options has determined the following options should be considered further as part of the development of an Outline Business Case (OBC) for the AAP:
— Personal Rapid Transit (PRT).
This option provides an elevated people-carrying system from Paisley to Glasgow Airport, terminating at the Airport Terminal Building. The system considered in a STAG 2 (completed in February 2014) appraisal requires an interchange between rail and PRT at Paisley Gilmour Street train station but there may be an alternative option of interchange on the Inverclyde line to the west of Paisley St James Station, which was not fully appraised as part of STAG 2.
— Tram — Train.
This option provides a dedicated tram-train service, running on heavy rail from Glasgow Central via Paisley Gilmour Street to a point in the vicinity of St James Interchange, where it then joins a new tram spur (running both on and off road) south of the M8, before terminating directly in front of the Glasgow Airport Terminal building. The interchange point at Paisley Gilmour Street would enable passengers from destinations on the Ayrshire and Inverclyde lines to access the service to the airport.
An Outline Business Case will be developed and presented to the City Deal Cabinet for approval in December 2016.
Based on the reports and appraisals undertaken to date, the tram-train option has the best overall performance both in terms of potential to increase modal shift and in terms of benefit — cost analysis.
Renfrewshire Council has identified requirements for external Professional Services to support development of this project. These requirements are expected to be fulfilled by awarding contracts resulting from a number or tender processes being conducted to bring on board appropriate skills and experience at the required time.
The following contracts will be procured but do not form the scope of the contract to which this Prior Information Notice relates:
— Transport Modelling Services — this commission will provide Renfrewshire Council with transport modelling support and will inform transport modelling considerations (including economics) as part of the development of the Outline Business Case and the Full Business Case. This contract is being procured under an existing framework agreement;
— Options development and appraisal — this commission will further develop and appraise the tram train and PRT options to inform the outline business case. It is expected this will include development of the wider economic business case.
— Ad hoc technical support — this commission will provide specialist technical support on an ad hoc basis when requested to support the project team in developing the Outline Business Case.
This Prior Information Notice relates to a contract which will provide a Lead Consultancy / interface role, and will focus on the development of a tram-train solution for AAP. Services required under this contract, include a range of activities in relation to supporting options appraisal, outline and detailed design of the tram train option. Other services provided as part of this contract may include technical support to assist in finalising the Outline Business Case, market engagement support, assistance in the preparation of tender documentation and site supervision during the construction phase. It should be noted that the Council reserves the right to alter this strategy as required and any contract awarded will have appropriate review and break points included to accommodate for a change in the strategic direction of the project.
As part of a consultancy market engagement exercise, the Council are keen to seek the view of the market on specific issues for the design of a Tram-Train project. The issues relate to key skills, capacity of the market, risk allocation, forms of contract, project team creation and the project programme.
To participate in this market engagement exercise, please complete the attached market research pro-forma and submit a copy via email to Please note the Council may have subsequent dialogue with suppliers to clarify the responses received where required.
Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73220000 Development consultancy services, 71311000 Civil engineering consultancy services, 71311200 Transport systems consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:
(SC Ref:422497).
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: