United Kingdom-Slough: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: https://www.slough.gov.uk
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.sesharedservices.org.uk/esourcing
Section II: Object
Framework Agreement for asset management consultancy services
Slough Borough Council (the Council) is seeking to appoint a single provider of asset management consultancy services to deliver support to the Council over a 4 year period via a framework arrangement (the Framework Agreement) as and when required by the Council to support its programme of asset management works. The Framework Agreement will be made available to other contracting authorities in the UK, as set out further below in Section II.2.4.
The Council is seeking to appoint a single suitable and properly qualified service provider experienced in delivering services similar to the services being let under this Framework Agreement via form of Framework Agreement with a 4 year term with call-off consultancy appointments to provide various asset management services. The form of Framework Agreement is the ACA Framework Alliance Contract with bespoke amendments and the consultancy appointments are bespoke appointments. The Framework Agreement also allows for bespoke forms of appointment to be used. Call-off appointments will be made by direct selection. The Council (or any Contracting Authority appointing under the Framework Agreement) may consult the service provider in writing, requesting it to supplement its tender as necessary, as provided for by Regulation 33(7)(b) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The term of any call-off appointment may extend beyond the term of the Framework Agreement. The categories of services which may be called off under the Framework Agreement are as follows:
— property performance asset services,
— client support services,
— procurement and project management services,
— development services,
— financial services,
— multi-disciplinary professional services. The services are more fully set out in the procurement documents, which are available at the address listed above. The Council is letting this Framework Agreement for itself and on behalf of local authorities within the UK (for a full list see: https://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/guidance-and-resources/communications-support/digital-councils/social-media/go-further/a-z-councils-online), including other social landlords operating within the UK (for a full list, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/current-registered-providers-of-social-housing), including and ALMOs within the UK (for a full list see: www.almos.org.uk/member_list). Joint ventures comprising any of the above potential clients (or the Council) and subsidiary companies of the above potential clients (and those of the Council) may also utilise the Framework Agreement.
Appointment to the Framework Agreement is no guarantee of work or of any minimum amount of work pursuant to that Framework Agreement.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement. Framework agreement with a single operator
Section VI: Complementary information
The Council reserves the right not to award any contract pursuant to this procurement exercise and/or to abandon this procurement exercise at any time and/or to award a contract for part of the services at its sole discretion. The Council shall have no liability whatsoever to any applicant or tenderer as a result of its exercise of that discretion. For the avoidance of doubt, all costs incurred by any applicant and/or tenderer before signature of any contract with the Council shall be incurred entirely at that applicant's/tenderer's risk. The Council anticipates that the Business Transfers Directive 2001/23/EC as implemented by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, might apply to the transfer of personnel from the incumbent Contractor(s)/the Council under this procurement. The Council's detailed requirements will be set out in the Framework Agreement. Under this Framework Agreement the consultant and its supply chain will be required to actively participate in the achievement of social and/or environmental policy objectives relating to recruitment and training and supply chain initiatives. Accordingly the contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations.
The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Contracting Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the applicant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, 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 Contracting 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 Contracting 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.