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Invest NI wishes to establish a Framework of suitably experienced Design Consultancy Contractors to deliver design project consultancy assignments under the DesignActive and DesignForward elements of the Invest NI Design for Business Service.

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Invest Northern Ireland
Bedford Square, Bedford Street
Belfast
BT2 7ES
United Kingdom
E-mail:
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):

Main address: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

Address of the buyer profile: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

I.2)Joint procurement
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

ID 946125 DfE Invest NI - Invest NI - Design Consultants Framework Agreement.

II.1.2)Main CPV code
79000000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

Invest NI wishes to establish a Framework of suitably experienced Design Consultancy Contractors to deliver design project consultancy assignments under the DesignActive and DesignForward elements of the Invest NI Design for Business Service.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for maximum number of lots: 6
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Product/Industrial Design

Lot No: 1
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79400000
79410000
79415200
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Invest NI wishes to establish a Framework of suitably experienced Design Consultancy Contractors to deliver design project consultancy assignments under the DesignActive and DesignForward elements of the Invest NI Design for Business Service.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Qualitative Criteria / Weighting: 70
Cost criterion - Name: Quantitative Criteria / Weighting: 30
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 2 580 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Option of two further 1 year periods each, subject to review by Invest NI.

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: yes
Identification of the project: Investment Growth and Jobs IGJ.
II.2.14)Additional information

The value of this contract is an indicative figure and therefore, neither CPD nor the authority can provide any guarantee as to the level of business under this contract.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Visual Communication

Lot No: 2
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79400000
79410000
79415200
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Invest NI wishes to establish a Framework of suitably experienced Design Consultancy Contractors to deliver design project consultancy assignments under the DesignActive and DesignForward elements of the Invest NI Design for Business Service.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Qualitative Criteria / Weighting: 70
Cost criterion - Name: Quantitative Criteria / Weighting: 30
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Option of 2 further 1 year periods each, subject to review by Invest NI.

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: yes
Identification of the project: Investment Growth and Jobs IGJ.
II.2.14)Additional information

The value of this contract is an indicative figure and therefore, neither CPD nor the authority can provide any guarantee as to the level of business under this contract.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Strategic Design and Service Design

Lot No: 3
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79400000
79410000
79415200
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Invest NI wishes to establish a Framework of suitably experienced Design Consultancy Contractors to deliver design project consultancy assignments under the DesignActive and DesignForward elements of the Invest NI Design for Business Service.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Qualitative Criteria / Weighting: 70
Cost criterion - Name: Quantitative Criteria / Weighting: 30
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Option of 2 further 1 year periods each, subject to review by Invest NI.

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: yes
Identification of the project: Investment Growth and Jobs IGJ.
II.2.14)Additional information

The value of this contract is an indicative figure and therefore, neither CPD nor the authority can provide any guarantee as to the level of business under this contract.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Interior Design

Lot No: 4
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79400000
79410000
79415200
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Invest NI wishes to establish a Framework of suitably experienced Design Consultancy Contractors to deliver design project consultancy assignments under the DesignActive and DesignForward elements of the Invest NI Design for Business Service.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Qualitative Criteria / Weighting: 70
Cost criterion - Name: Quantitative Criteria / Weighting: 30
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Option of 2 further 1 year periods each, subject to review by Invest NI.

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: yes
Identification of the project: Is Investment Growth and Jobs IGJ.
II.2.14)Additional information

The value of this contract is an indicative figure and therefore, neither CPD nor the authority can provide any guarantee as to the level of business under this contract.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Fashion and Textiles

Lot No: 5
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79400000
79410000
79415200
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Invest NI wishes to establish a Framework of suitably experienced Design Consultancy Contractors to deliver design project consultancy assignments under the DesignActive and DesignForward elements of the Invest NI Design for Business Service.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Qualitative Criteria / Weighting: 70
Cost criterion - Name: Quantitative Criteria / Weighting: 30
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Option of 2 further 1 year periods each, subject to review by Invest NI.

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: yes
Identification of the project: Investment Growth and Jobs IGJ.
II.2.14)Additional information

The value of this contract is an indicative figure and therefore, neither CPD nor the authority can provide any guarantee as to the level of business under this contract.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Digital & New Media / Interaction Design

Lot No: 6
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79400000
79410000
79415200
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Invest NI wishes to establish a Framework of suitably experienced Design Consultancy Contractors to deliver design project consultancy assignments under the DesignActive and DesignForward elements of the Invest NI Design for Business Service.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Qualitative Criteria / Weighting: 70
Cost criterion - Name: Quantitative Criteria / Weighting: 30
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Option of 2 further 1 year periods each, subject to review by Invest NI.

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: yes
Identification of the project: Investment Growth and Jobs IGJ.
II.2.14)Additional information

The value of this contract is an indicative figure and therefore, neither CPD nor the authority can provide any guarantee as to the level of business under this contract.

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
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
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 several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 100
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
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 24/08/2017
Local time: 15:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Tender must be valid until: 22/11/2017
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 24/08/2017
Local time: 15:30

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

3.5 years from date of award.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:

The successful contractor’s performance on the contract will be regularly monitored. Contractors not delivering on contract requirements is a serious matter. It means the public purse is not getting what it is paying for. If a contractor fails to reach satisfactory levels of contract performance they will be given a specified time to improve. If, after the specified time, they still fail to reach satisfactory levels of contract performance, the matter will be escalated to senior management in CPD for further action. If this occurs and their performance still does not improve to satisfactory levels within the specified period, it may be regarded as an act of grave professional misconduct and they may be issued with a Certificate of Unsatisfactory Performance and the contract may be terminated. The issue of a Certificate of Unsatisfactory Performance will result in the contractor being excluded from all procurement competitions being undertaken by Centres of Procurement Expertise on behalf of bodies covered by the Northern Ireland Procurement Policy for a period of 12 months from the date of issue of the certificate.” . . "The Authority expressly reserves the rights:. . (I). not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice;. (II). to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering Competition;. (III). to award (a) contract(s) in respect of any part(s) of the services covered by this notice; and. (IV). to award contract(s) in stages.. . and in no circumstances will the Authority be liable for any costs incurred by candidates.". . This project will be used to progress the Government’s wider social, economic and environmental objectives.. . The Framework Agreement is being let by Central Procurement Directorate on behalf of Invest Northern Ireland.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
The UK does not have any such bodies with responsibility for appeal/mediation procedures.
UK
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

CPD will comply with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and, where appropriate, will incorporate a standstill period (i.e. a minimum of 10 calendar days) at the point information on the award of contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. This provides time for the unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
20/07/2017