Services - 508931-2018

17/11/2018    S222

United Kingdom-London: Business and management consultancy and related services

2018/S 222-508931

Contract notice – utilities


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
Postal address: 1 Eversholt Street
Town: London
Postal code: NW12DN
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Patrick Benjuya
Telephone: +44 7515621206

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:
I.6)Main activity
Railway services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

LNE&EM Route Digital Transformation Railway Systems Integration Partner (RSIP)

Reference number: LNE.EM/DR/RSIP/FW/001
II.1.2)Main CPV code
79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

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.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 55 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
72224000 Project management consultancy services
72227000 Software integration consultancy services
72228000 Hardware integration consultancy services
71243000 Draft plans (systems and integration)
72224200 System quality assurance planning services
72225000 System quality assurance assessment and review services
71541000 Construction project management services
71356000 Technical services
72220000 Systems and technical consultancy services
79418000 Procurement consultancy services
79994000 Contract administration services
71324000 Quantity surveying services
79420000 Management-related services
72221000 Business analysis consultancy services
66171000 Financial consultancy services
79412000 Financial management consultancy services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:

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.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

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

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 55 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 96
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged number of candidates: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

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.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

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

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

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.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
List and brief description of selection criteria:

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.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:

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.

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation
List and brief description of rules and criteria:

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.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.1.6)Deposits and guarantees required:

Please see the procurement documents.

III.1.7)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Please see the procurement documents.

III.1.8)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

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.

III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

Please see the procurement documents.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Negotiated procedure with prior call for competition
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2018/S 168-383443
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 24/12/2018
Local time: 10:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 24/01/2019
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 8 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional 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 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 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 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 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.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: The High Court
Postal address: 7 Rolls Building, Fetter Lane
Town: London
Postal code: EC4 A1N
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

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.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: