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United Kingdom-Leeds: Designs
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england
Section II: Object
A66 Northern Trans-Pennines Project: Consultant Contract — Designer and Technical Adviser
Highways England seeks to appoint a design partner to deliver their design for the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Scheme.
The design partner is responsible for delivering their design through PCF stages 3 and 4 (preliminary design and development consent order), after which they will provide continuity to the A66 procured design and build contractors, working collaboratively with the contractors throughout the remaining stages 5 to 7 (detailed design and construction) as a technical adviser (TA), contracted to Highways England. The Technical Adviser will ensure a frictionless handover to the contractors. During the course of this contract, the collaborative and partnership approach will drive efficiencies and innovations, which will benefit all parties involved.
During PCF Stages 3 and 4 the Consultant will:
— undertake all the design and assessment activities associated with PCF stages 3 and 4,
— prepare information/evidence/documentation as necessary to support and inform governance and statutory process,
— verify the suitability of survey data provided within the Site information,
— undertake further surveys, investigations and consultations as necessary,
— specify, plan all the required surveys to support the preliminary design stage, support the DCO process,
— be responsible for maintaining and updating a record which shows how the design has developed,
— be responsible for organising, hosting, minuting monthly design reviews,
— develop an appropriate design which is sufficiently developed to enable a consented DCO, whilst allows flexibility for the D&B Contractors during PCF stages 5-7,
— fulfil the role of the principal designer as defined in the Construction Design Management Regulations 2015 for PCF stages 3-7,
— be responsible for providing the clients corporate scope, project specific scope of works, drawings, design documentation, risk, safety, maintenance information for each of the 4 packages,
— assist the service manager in the procurement of up to 4 D&B contracts.
During PCF Stages 5 to 7 the consultant will:
— assure the work undertaken by others (D&B Contractors) and ensure that the design/structures/works are consistent across up to 4 D&B contractor contracts,
— work collaboratively with the client, D&B contractors and others appointed by the client,
— protect the technical interests of the client in relation to the appointment of others,
— maintain the project objectives and be the custodian of the pre DCO design fix intent,
— ensure that the D&B Contractors delivers on its contractual commitments and incentive arrangements by working closely with the contractors, as included within any D&B contracts,
— protect the technical interests of the client at all stages,
— ensure that the transition from PCF stage 3&4 to PCF stage 5-7 is optimised by providing a frictionless handover to the D&B contractors that meets the programme requirements,
— ensure any changes to the solution as it evolves from the pre DCO design fix through PCF stages 5-7, including assuring the investment baseline (measured via marginal cost benefit analysis),
— provide continual improvement in the service, including in relation to value for money,
— work with the D&B Contractors to ensure the delivery of all contractual obligations by others in accordance with the client’s requirements to achieve positive outcomes for all PCF Stages,
— undertake the role of supervisor as defined in the NEC4 ECC form of contract for the PCF stages 5-7,
— be a critical friend to the contractors by reviewing and challenging the D&B Contractor’s programme, providing recommendations for acceptance or rejection as appropriate,
— support the client and D&B Contractors in the preparation and implementation of project control framework products for the project as a whole (PCF),
— produce and maintain a risk based quality assurance plan integrated with the D&B Contractor’s quality management plan,
— attend and provide support to the service manager during D&B contractor progress, commercial meetings and negotiation,
— assist the service manager in the administration of the D&B contract.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
— Constructionline (https://www.constructionline.co.uk/) is the UK Government's national pre-qualification register for construction contractors and consultants,
— applicants may demonstrate their suitability for a number of aspects in the selection process through providing their registration number for their valid and up to date Constuctionline account. Contractors or incorporated joint ventures (single legal entities) submitting an application should provide their Constructionline registration number. For unincorporated joint ventures submitting an application each member of the group should provide their individual Constructionline registration number,
— Constructionline members are requested to ensure their profile is valid and up to date for the purposes of this tendering process,
— where applicants do not have a Constructionline account, or a valid and up to date Constructionline account,they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their suitability through other means, in accordance with the procurement documents.
— a parent company guarantee or another form of security may be required at any time during the term of the contract,
— a parent company guarantee will be required where the financial standing of the applicant does not meet the required level as stated in the procurement documents.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
How to express interest in this tender:
1) Register for a free account at https://highways.bravosolution.co.uk
2) Click the ‘ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. Click on the relevant ITT to access the content. Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. This will move the ITT into your ‘My ITTs’ page (this is a secure area reserved for your projects only). You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘ITT Details’ box;
3) Click ‘My Response’ under ‘ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining). You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with HE and seek any clarification. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the ITT. There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform. You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.
Expressions of interest must be submitted from the contractor's registered office address. Each member of a Joint Venture (JV) must submit a letter from their own registered office confirming all company names in the proposed JV.
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(i) not to award any contract as a result of this tendering exercise commenced by publication of this notice; and
(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition and in no circumstances will HE be liable for any costs incurred by candidates.
Highways England will incorporate a 10 calendar days standstill period at the point information on an award of the contract is communicated to tenderers.
Appeals must be lodged in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) as amended.