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United Kingdom-London: Business and management consultancy and related services
Contract notice – utilities
Section I: Contracting entity
Section II: Object
LNE&EM Route Digital Transformation Railway Systems Integration Partner (RSIP)
Network Rail (NR) is seeking to establish a single supplier Framework to undertake the role of a Railway Systems Integration Partner (RSIP) for Digital Transformation of the London North East and East Midlands (LNE&EM) Route as part of the NR Digital Railway Programme (DRP). It is envisaged that the RSIP will work in a co-located and integrated team with the LNE&EM Route and its train control and traffic management technology partners, to deliver industry change, specific programme outcomes and customer benefits. This will include coordinating the railway industry (section II.2.4) in preparation for the step change presented by the introduction of digital technologies, including train control and traffic management systems.
This procurement is one of 3 opportunities being undertaken by the DRP comprising:
1) a Train Control Partner (TCP) (OJEU ref: 2018/S 150-345573);
2) Traffic Management Partner (TMP) which will be the subject of a separate forthcoming procurement and
3) the RSIP.
It is envisaged that the RSIP should expect to work in both York and London, also travelling nationally to interface with NR, the DRP, technology providers and stakeholders.
The overall geographical scope of the Framework Agreement comprises the London North East (LNE) and East Midlands (EM) operational route (see procurement documents). As the first scheme, the NR LNE and EM Route has a once in a generation alignment of opportunities on the East Coast route to undertake a Digital Railway transformation; it is entering an infrastructure renewal cycle, which is aligned with the arrival of new trains with European Train Control System capability procured by the UK Government. The implementation of Digital technologies both necessitates and enables greater level of integration between infrastructure and trains both technically and operationally. The RSIP will hold responsibility for managing the interfaces, migration, and railway system integration activities to facilitate Route digital transformation. Critical to the success of this role, the RSIP will need to establish a collaborative relationship with the LNE and EM Route, NR’s technology partners (the TCP and TMP) and stakeholders from the railway industry, including: UK Government, NR’s Digital Railway Programme, Passengers, freight operators and train owners. To deliver the scope the Partner will require core capabilities including but not limited to: Benefit Management, Change Management, Programme Management, Programme Governance and Industry integration, Requirements Management and Progressive Assurance of outputs/outcomes/benefits, Business Case Development, Contract and Commercial Management, Safety Leadership, Human Capital, Equality and Diversity.
For this RSIP opportunity, the term “Partner” shall mean contracting entity or group, which could include a single supplier, a lead supplier with disclosed supply chain, consortia, a joint venture and/or any other contracting entity make up. A Framework will be awarded to a successful Partner with a commission procedure to enable packages of work to be contracted for throughout the term of the Framework. This will be an exclusive award to one Partner such that the successful Partner will be (subject to satisfactory performance, funding availability, the wider DRP deployment strategy etc.) awarded any packages that may arise from the Framework. Network Rail Standard Conditions of Contract are intended to be utilised — NR13(B) Services Framework with discrete services contracts commissioned under the Framework using NR3 Construction Services. Each commission contract will have specific commencement and completion dates (this will vary depending on the particular requirements at the time). Further visibility of anticipated commission contracts shall be provided in the procurement documents. Alongside the TCP and the TMP, the successful RSIP will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding jointly developed by all contracted partners which will govern the cross-partner relationship – the RSIP shall lead this activity. The Framework Agreement will be for an initial term of 6 years with the option to extend for two additional periods of 12 months each (6 + 1 + 1). NR anticipate that the Framework Agreement will be awarded in May / June 2019. Further information is available in the procurement documents
Organisations wishing to express an interest in this Framework must complete and submit a Pre-qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) by the date specified in Section IV.2.2. Once the evaluation of PQQ responses has been concluded, Network Rail intends to shortlist the top 4 scoring qualified candidates for the invitation to tender stage. See procurement documents.
Network Rail reserves the right to change any aspect of, suspend or terminate this procurement and/or consider alternative procurement options. Under no circumstances shall Network Rail incur any liability (costs or otherwise) arising from an organisation expressing an interest in, preparing responses to and/or participating in this procurement.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Selection of the economic operators to be invited to tender will be based on information provided in response to the PQQ. Please see the procurement documents which include the PQQ instructions and questionnaire to be completed.
Selection of the economic operators to be invited to tender will be based on information provided in response to the PQQ. There are minimum requirements in relation to turnover and specified financial ratios. Please see the procurement documents which include the PQQ instructions and questionnaire to be completed.
Selection of the economic operators to be invited to tender will be based on information provided in response to the PQQ. There are minimum requirements in relation to previous experience and the submission of case study examples as part of the PQQ. Please see the procurement documents which include the PQQ instructions and questionnaire to be completed.
Please see the procurement documents.
PQQ responses and resulting tenders from those who are shortlisted will only be accepted from an economic operator or group of economic operators that can deliver the full scope of services required under this contract notice. No specific legal form is required to be taken by a group of economic operators in order to participate in this procurement. However, Network Rail may require a consortium to assume a specific legal form if awarded the contract, to the extent that a specific legal form is deemed by Network Rail as being necessary for the satisfactory performance of the Framework. Please see the procurement documents, which sets out further information about groups of economic operators.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This Framework forms part of a wider LNE&EM Route Digital Transformation programme which will include separate procurements for a TMP to deliver traffic management and TCP to deliver the outline design of the system and/or detailed design, build, supply and installation of the system, together with ancillary conventional signalling as required to facilitate delivery of the digital system and long term (approx. 30 years) maintenance of the system. The RSIP is required to carry out an industry integration and independent assurance role for NR and therefore, the successful RSIP cannot also be awarded the TCP and/or the TMP roles. Further details are provided in the procurement documents. Estimated total framework value: the overall total Framework value is currently envisaged to be in the region of 55 000 000 GBP but the overall value may be in the range 35 000 000 GBP — 55 000 000 GBP (inc. extensions). All figures stated are estimates only. Precise overall spend under the Framework will depend on a number of factors including Control Period funding, the output of business case processes and/or performance under the Framework. Pre-qualification: Organisations wishing to express an interest in this Framework opportunity must complete and submit a PQQ response by the date specified in Section IV.2.2. Submitting a response to this notice does not guarantee that a candidate will be invited to tender. NR reserves the right to disqualify any candidate who provides information or confirmations which later prove to be untrue or incorrect; does not supply the information required by this Notice or by the PQQ or as otherwise directed during the procurement process; or does not meet the criteria stated in the PQQ. A pack of procurement documents (including the PQQ instructions and questionnaire) is being made available at https://networkrail.bravosolution.co.uk. In order to access the procurement documents, interested organisations must register on the Bravo system (via the link above). If there are any difficulties in registering or accessing the procurement documents, please contact Network Rail via the email address ECMLRSIP@networkrail.co.uk. The PQQ and draft Instructions to Tenderers will be loaded to the Bravo system on 23.11.2018. Bidders need to be aware that the Instructions to Tenderers are in draft form and may be subject to change prior to formal issue of ITT. Interested organisations should note that the tender stage will include collaborative and behavioural assessment, including behavioural interviews, workshops and may include a site visit (further details will be provided in the Instructions to Tenderer). LAunch event: Details of a launch event will be set out in the PQQ Instructions. This launch event will take place on either week commencing the 26.11.2018 or week commencing the 3.12.2018. Any interested organisation should contact Network Rail via the email address ECMLRSIP@networkrail.co.uk. Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 2 representatives per organisation attending. Details of information presented at the launch event will be subsequently loaded onto Bravo for any organisation that is not able to attend. Supplier session: Network Rail intends to hold a Q&A session with interested organisations to answer any clarification questions that an organisation may have in relation to this contract notice and the pack of procurement documents. The session is intended to take place on the week commencing the 3.12.2018 or week commencing 10.12.2018 (date, time and venue to be confirmed). If an organisation is interested in attending this session, it must register with Network Rail via the email address ECMLRSIP@networkrail.co.uk. Again, attendance will be limited to a maximum of 2 representatives per organisation attending. Details of the Q&A will be subsequently loaded onto Bravo for any organisation that is not able to attend the session.
In accordance with the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, Network Rail will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period prior to concluding the award of any Framework Agreement pursuant to this notice. In the first instance, potentially aggrieved economic operators should notify Network Rail.