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Appointment of an operator for the Forthriver Innovation Centre, Belfast.

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Belfast City Council
21 Linenhall Street
For the attention of: Julie McShane
BT2 8AB Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2890320202
E-mail:

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tenders

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Appointment of an operator for the Forthriver Innovation Centre, Belfast.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Innovation Centre, Forthriver, Belfast.

NUTS code UKN01

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Belfast City Council is building an innovation centre at Forthriver Business Park on the Springfield Road in west Belfast. The capital build project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the sustainable competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. Construction began in May 2015 and is expected to take around 12 months to complete, with the centre opening for business in 2016.
Innovative business start-up and accelerated business growth through innovation, research and development is key to developing a long-term, sustainable economy. The new centre forms part of the Council's Investment Programme pledge to support regeneration by investing in infrastructure which will make it easier for businesses to start up and grow. This, in turn, will create wealth and employment opportunities for local residents.
The Forthriver Innovation Centre will include high-quality business space; excellent telecoms infrastructure; meeting rooms and shared space where businesses can come together; collaborate; innovate and develop new products, processes and business ideas. The centre will be 55 000 ft² in size and built over four floors, boasting an area of 35 000 ft² of lettable innovation space.
It is anticipated that it will be a centre for starting up and growing businesses, as well as provision of workspace. The centre will target companies that currently are, or have the potential to:
1) Expand their operations and;
2) Engage in innovation (either in terms of process or product development).
The Innovation Centre is being built at Forthriver Business Park just off the Springfield Road, 3 km north-west of Belfast city centre.
The Council's aim is for the Innovation Centre to act as a catalyst for the development of the wider 12 acre Invest NI Forthriver Business Park and create additional employment prospects for the area. A package of business support will be made available to businesses and service users at the Innovation Centre to accelerate the rate of growth. As well as supporting existing firms, the centre will help fledgling businesses to engage in innovation and collaboration with like-minded entrepreneurs and access support onsite to foster their growth ambitions. Further information on the centre can be found at:

http://belfastcity.gov.uk/business/regeneration/innovationcentre.aspx

The Council now intends to appoint an experienced operator to manage the Innovation Centre and to deliver the key objectives of the project. The Council has categorised its service requirements using the following categories. Further details are provided in II.2.1:
- Fit-out services - The Council requires the operator to complete the final furniture, fixtures and equipment fit out of the centre taking into account the needs of tenants and users of the Centre and its anticipated branding.
- Facilities management (FM) services - The Council requires the operator to deliver a full range of facilities management services such as cleaning, maintenance, waste disposal and recycling services, health and safety and security services.
- Centre management services - The Council requires the operator to establish and implement robust operating and business plans for the Centre in a manner consistent with a high performing, industry-leading innovation centre.
- Business support services - The Council requires the operator to provide a full range of business support services for such as reception, secretarial, ICT and administrative services.
- Business growth services - The service provider will be required to facilitate the delivery of Business Growth Programmes delivered by the Council or a third party. The service provider can provide complementary or additional programmes to the tenants, non-business tenants and entrepreneurs. The Council is not prescriptive and expects operators to suggest their own business growth services that can be delivered at the Innovation Centre.
- Business innovation services - The Council requires the operator to provide business innovation services to users and tenants of the Innovation Centre. The Council is not prescriptive in the services that are to be provided and expects operators to develop their own original ideas and concepts.
- Encouraging social regeneration - The Council requires the operator to take into account the potential positive impacts that the Innovation Centre can have on the catchment area through, for example, investing in workforce skills development, promoting services to local communities and promoting employment through social enterprises, buy-local policies and placement opportunities within the Centre. The Council is not prescriptive in this area and expects operators to suggest their own approach.
- Optional and additional services - The Council may require the operator to provide other services that are not currently included within the Project Agreement or contract to meet the future operational and service requirements for the Innovation Centre and the Council's local economic development services.
The contract period will be 5 years (60 months) with the option, at the sole discretion of the Council, to extend for a further 3 periods of 3 years (ie a maximum total extension of 9 years), which provides for a maximum contract term of 14 years.
It is the intention of the Council to grant a lease of the Facility to the Service Provider for the duration of the Agreement. The terms of the Lease are still to be finalised by the Council and will be further determined through the competitive dialogue process. The Grant of the Lease shall be in accordance with the current State Aid legislation.
The procurement documents provide further information of the scope and nature of the contract.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 79400000, 55250000, 79342000, 79996000, 98341000, 79420000, 79993000, 98341100, 79340000, 79410000, 79993100, 98340000, 98342000, 79342200, 79998000, 79990000, 79900000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
The contract for the operation of the Innovation Centre will cover the following service areas:
1) Fit-out services.
The construction contract does not require the building contractor to complete a ‘turnkey’ building, ready for use by tenants. Rather the construction contract excludes many elements of the final fit-out of the building (primarily furniture, fittings and equipment), which the Operator will be required to undertake within the scope of the operating contract. This will enable the Operator to fit-out the Centre in a manner consistent with its business plan (including target market(s)) for the Centre and in line with the branding for the Innovation Centre.
2) Facilities management services.
The Council will require the Operator to deliver a full range of FM services. Whilst it is currently anticipated that the Council may retain responsibility for a number of elements of the FM services that relate to statutory obligations or compliance matters, it is envisaged that the majority of the responsibility for the satisfactory delivery of FM services will rest with the Operator. The allocation of FM responsibilities between the Council and the Operator will be discussed with short listed Bidders during the dialogue stage.
The FM services to be provided by the Operator are likely to include the following:
- Maintenance;
- Cleaning;
- Grounds maintenance;
- Security services and systems;
- Waste disposal and recycling services;
- Energy conservation;
- Vending and external catering; and
- Health and safety.
3) Centre management services
The Council will require the Operator to establish and implement robust management, operating and business plans for the Innovation Centre, and to operate the Innovation Centre in a manner consistent with a high performing, industry-leading Innovation Centre. The Operator will therefore be responsible for all aspects of the day to day management and operation of the Centre. Centre management services are likely to include the following:
- Business planning and performance management;
- Further brand development and implementation;
- Marketing and communications;
- Development of new products and services;
- Management of tenancies;
- Insurance;
- Financial management (including rates liabilities);
- General administration;
- Reporting requirements; and
- Complaints procedures.
4) Business support services
The Council will require the Operator to provide a full range of business support services for tenant businesses. These business support services are likely to include the following:
- Access services;
- Reception services;
- Secretarial and administrative support services;
- Conference / meeting room services;
- ICT services;
- Virtual tenancy services; and
- New tenant services.
5) Business growth services
The Council requires that the Innovation Centre offers a full range of business growth services to both tenant and non-tenant businesses and entrepreneurs. The Council has provided the following list as examples of the areas in which business growth services might typically focus, but the Council does not wish to be prescriptive in this respect and is looking for Bidders to come forward with their own ideas and innovation in relation to the scope and nature of the business growth services to be provided by the Innovation Centre, and how those services might be best delivered to achieve the objectives and outcomes required by the Council:
- Preparation of business plans / aiding with the development of forecasts;
- Networking and business development skills;
- Presentation and communication skills;
- Marketing strategies and campaigns;
- Financial management;
- Raising finance, including access to finance including seed and venture capital, business angel networks (or similar) and EU programmes and other awards (local, regional and international);
- Regulatory / statutory environments such as taxation, employees, filing commitments, intellectual property etc; and
- Access to a network of specialist advisers, funders, investors etc.
Bidders should be aware that, from 1.4.2015, through Local Government Reform, the Council has enhanced local economic development powers and functions to support new start-ups and in the growth and development of SMEs. Through these powers, the Council is developing a pipeline of business support incorporating early-stage entrepreneurial activity (pre-enterprise), start-up initiatives, high growth support for key sectors and development interventions for existing businesses.
The Council's business growth services are currently delivered through an array of activities including networking activities and events, themed workshops and 1 to 1 mentoring support with a mix of in-house and outsourced marketing campaigns. Much of the previous support programmes (those delivered in the 2012 - 2015 funding period ending June 2015) were delivered by third party organisations procured by the Council.
The Council has recognised that there is an issue around simple access to such services and efficient sign-posting of services to businesses and entrepreneurs. It is currently anticipated that the Council will provide a ‘client executive’ type service in future, which means that the Council will provide businesses with a single point of contact to co-ordinate their support as they move along or dip into the continuum of business growth services provided by the Council and other local economic development stakeholders. It is proposed that the Forthriver Innovation Centre will be one of the locations where the Council will deliver its business growth services programmes. Details on the anticipated service offering by the Council has been included in Volume 2 (Service Description) of the draft ITPD.
6) Business innovation services
The Council requires the Operator to offer a full range of business innovation services to both tenant and non-tenant businesses and entrepreneurs at the Innovation Centre. Innovation is the successful generation and exploitation of new ideas significantly contributing to environmental, societal and economic transformation. Innovation turns creative thinking into new products, new and improved processes and technologies to support new ways of doing business. The Innovation Centre will contribute to an enterprise culture, business growth, business internationalisation, skills development, further investment and jobs. Knowledge exchange is at the core of innovation within this project proposal, facilitated through more businesses engaging in open innovation, more business to business collaboration, business to academia collaboration and brokering international partnerships and collaborations.
Innovation Centres typically undertake a range of tasks which help increase innovation by companies. The Council has categorised these below but does not wish to be prescriptive in this respect and is looking for Bidders to come forward with their own ideas and innovation in relation to the scope and nature of the business innovation services to be provided by the Innovation Centre, and how those services might be best delivered to achieve the objectives and outcomes required by the Council:
- Building Awareness - increasing the awareness of the benefits of collaborative and open innovation. Such activities could be events or network based and involve broadcast and other media and the compilation, publication and sharing of case-study evidence.
- Advocacy - champion or advocate for open innovation, supporting and encouraging the development of policy measures and initiatives which strengthen collaboration.
- Capability building - helping firms develop open innovation capabilities for managing external relationships or collaborative innovation. This is essentially a staff or management training activity which is likely to be particularly important for smaller firms.
- ‘Inbound’ provision of information - help local firms to identify potential innovation partners either locally or externally. This intelligence activity is likely to be a collaborative activity and may be best done in partnership with other organisations.
- ‘Outbound’ promotion of client information - promote the capabilities of client firms as potential partners to organisations elsewhere. This is primarily a marketing and/or promotional activity and may best be delivered through partnership with external facing organisations.
- Facilitation or brokering of partnerships and collaboration - working with individual firms to establish innovation partnerships.
- Structuring of partnerships and collaboration - each individual innovation partnership is likely to raise different issues relating to contracting, IP etc. This activity is aimed at assisting firms with the structuring of open innovation relationships and is likely to require detailed work with the partners, potentially delivered using external specialists.
7) Encouraging Social Regeneration.
The Council requires the Operator to take into consideration the potential positive impacts that the Innovation Centre could have on the catchment area surrounding the Forthriver Innovation Centre. The Centre will be located in an interface area in West Belfast which has high unemployment and low levels of educational attainment. In a NI context the area represents some 11.4 % of long term unemployed claimants whilst representing only 5.5 % of the population. The Council intends that the benefits of the Forthriver Innovation Centre Project lead to direct quality of life improvements for local communities, for example by:
- Reducing barriers to employment through social enterprise promotion, buy-local policies and placement opportunities within the Centre;
- Investing in workforce skills development, strengthening the employability of communities through engagement with local community through programmes such as ‘Go for IT’;
- Promoting services to local communities by encouraging tenants to also contribute to local social and economic regeneration;
- Effective partnership between statutory service providers and voluntary and community sector organisations; and
- Contributing to a cohesive and inclusive community through promoting the Centre as a shared space for use in line with the business purpose of the Centre.
- The Service Provider shall, in the operation of the Innovation Centre, adopt the Council's principles of shared space which are:
i) That it is welcoming - people feel secure to interact in unfamiliar situations;
ii) That it is safe - for all people and groups - trusted by locals and visitors;
iii) That it has good quality design and management - attractive, high quality and unique services and well designed buildings and spaces;
iv) That it is accessible - well connected through transport and pedestrian links within a network of similar spaces across the city and managed to promote maximum participation by all.
8) Optional and Additional services - changes in Service Requirements during the Term.
The Services to be delivered by the Operator are the full range of services required by the Council to support the operation of the Forthriver Innovation Centre and the associated delivery of business growth and innovation services over the initial Term of the Contract and, if extended, the extension(s) to the Term of the Contract.
The Services will be subject to change during the Term in order to address and remain consistent with future changes to the operational requirements of the Innovation Centre and the Council's requirements for business growth and innovation services. Such changes may result in increases or decreases in the scope and/or scale of the Services required from the Operator, and accordingly the Contract shall be subject to modification without a new procurement procedure in accordance with Regulation 72 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
Such changes may involve:
- Changes which result in a new Service being required during the Term, which can be foreseen at the time of this procurement (‘Optional Services’); and
- Changes which cannot be identified at the time of this procurement but which may be identified and required during the Term of the Contract (‘Additional Services’).
These are described further below:
i) Optional Services.
The Council has initially identified four Optional Services which are summarised below. Bidders should note that other potential Optional Services may also be identified during the dialogue stage which relate to the Council's future operational and service requirements for the Innovation Centre. The Optional Services will be discussed and refined during the dialogue process and the Council will decide prior to inviting final tenders whether each of the services should be incorporated into the Draft Project Agreement as a core requirement, an Optional Service, or not at all:
- Extension of the Term - the Council will require the option to extend the initial Term of the Contract by up to 3 further periods of 3 years (i.e. a maximum total extension of 9 years), which provides for a maximum contract Term of 14 years;
- Provision of Business Growth Services at the Innovation Centre - the Council may require the option to extend the role of the Operator to include the full delivery of business growth services at the Innovation Centre during the Term of the contract, which may therefore include the provision of the Council's business growth programmes;
- Provision of Business Growth Services and/or Business Innovation Services - the Authority may also require the option to extend the role of the Contractor to include the delivery of business growth services and/or business innovation in other locations within the Belfast City Council area or elsewhere for the benefit of businesses and entrepreneurs based in Belfast; and
- Extension of services to other managed workspaces under the responsibility of the Authority - On 1st April 2016 under Local Government Reform (LGR) ownership of three city centre properties will transfer to the Authority from the Department for Social Development. These properties provide workspace to a mix of private sector, social enterprise and third sector tenants. The Authority may require the option to extend the Service Providers' role and delivery of Facilities Management, Centre Management, Business Support, Business Growth and Business Innovation Services to one, some or all of these. Bidders should note that the Council does not give any guarantee in relation to the extent to which it will call-off Optional Services during the Term of the Contract. Indeed, the Council may use a range of service providers for the provision of Local Economic Development services across the City.
ii) Additional Services.
Bidders should note that there may also be other changes in the scope and/or scale of the Services required from the Operator during the Term of the Contract that could not be identified or foreseen at the time of this procurement but which are consistent with the overall nature of the Council's current and future operational requirements for the Innovation Centre; the categories of Services described in the Draft ITPD Volume 2; and the overall scope of the service requirements as set out in the Draft Project Agreement. In such circumstances the Council may seek to agree a modification to the Contract through the Change Protocol to facilitate the provision of such services by the Operator, with the charges for such services set by reference to the mechanisms and protections provided in the Draft Project Agreement (as outlined above). It is envisaged that such modifications would be made without requiring a new procurement procedure in accordance with Regulation 72 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and that, where required for the purposes of Regulation 72 (1) (b) or (c), the value of the original contract shall be the maximum value of the contract as set out in the Contract Notice.
It is the intention of the Council to grant a lease of the Facility to the Service Provider for the duration of the Agreement. The terms of the Lease are still to be finalised by the Council and will be further determined through the competitive dialogue process. The Grant of the Lease shall be in accordance with the current State Aid legislation.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 6 000 000 and 17 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: The Council will require the option to extend the initial Term of the Contract by up to 3 further periods of 3 years (i.e. a maximum total extension of 9 years), which provides for a maximum contract Term of 14 years and the options outlined in section 2.2.1 of this notice and the Project Information Memorandum.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
The Council reserves the right, at its absolute discretion, to reasonably require the successful Bidder/Contractor as a condition of contract to procure the provision to the Council of a guarantee or other form of security in respect of the delivery of the Services (or a part of the Services) to the satisfaction of the Council. By submitting a response to the (PQQ) (ITPD), Candidates warrant and represent that they can, and irrevocably agree that they will, comply, or procure compliance, as the case may be, with this requirement on reasonable request by the Council.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
The main financing conditions and payment arrangements are anticipated as forming part of the competitive dialogue process.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
No special legal form is required but one member of a consortium may be required to accept prime contractor responsibility for the other member(s), and a consortium may be required to form a legal entity with appropriate parent company guarantee as a condition of award.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The economic operator and / or members of the consortium must meet the requirements set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015: Part 2, Section 2, Regulation 19 (Economic Operators); and Part 2, Section 5, Regulations 57 (Exclusion Grounds). These grounds are further described in the pre-qualification questionnaire available on eSourcingNI.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The economic operator and / or members of the consortium must meet the requirements set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015: Part 2, Section 5, Regulation 58 (Selection Criteria). These grounds will be further described in the pre-qualification questionnaire available on eSourcingNI.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: The economic operator and / or members of the consortium, in their expression of interest must provide the evidence as further described in the pre-qualification questionnaire available on eSourcingNI.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
The economic operator and / or members of the consortium must meet the requirements set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015: Part 2, Section 5, Regulation 58 (Selection Criteria). These grounds are further described in the pre-qualification questionnaire available on eSourcingNI.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
The economic operator and / or members of the consortium, in their expression of interest must provide the evidence as further described in the pre-qualification questionnaire available on eSourcingNI.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
competitive dialogue
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged number of operators: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The Council intends to invite 4 candidates to participate in a competitive dialogue on the basis of the ranking of candidates at the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) stage at which the criteria referred to in Regulations 19/57 and 58 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 will be assessed and marked.
In order to be eligible for pre-qualification, Candidates must receive the minimum score against the criteria published within the respective PIM document which can be downloaded via eSourcingNI.
After evaluating all of the eligible PQQ responses the Authority will select the top four (4) scoring Bidders and invite them to participate in dialogue. In the event that there are a number of Bidders with scores tied at fourth position (i.e. mathematically equal), the Authority will select from those tied Bidders the Bidder(s) with the highest aggregate score across the two contract examples in Question C.2 in order to select a top four (4). In the event that the aggregate scores across the two contract examples in Question C.2 are also tied, the Authority reserves the right to extend the short-list to the requisite number.
If there are less than four (4) eligible or sufficiently qualified Bidders, the Authority may, at its absolute discretion, continue the competition by inviting the eligible and sufficiently qualified Bidder(s) to participate in dialogue, despite the fact that there may be less than four (4) such Bidders.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
ST1474
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 111-201365 of 11.6.2015

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
7.9.2015 - 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): The building which this project will operate from is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland, however this part of the project is not funded by ERDF.
VI.3)Additional information
1) Award criteria: Technical core criteria = 50 %; Financial core criteria = 50 %. Further information on the scoring of the criteria has been included in the draft ITPD Volume 1 Part 2.
2) Lots - A sole operator is required for this contract and therefore lotting is not appropriate.
3) Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender:

a) Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register

- Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘I agree';
- Enter your correct business and user details;
- Note the username you chose and click ‘Save' when complete;
- You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).
b) Express an Interest in the tender.
- Login to the portal with the username/password;
- Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers' link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier);
- Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content;
- Click the ‘Express Interest' button at the top of the page;
- This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ 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 ‘PQQ/ ITT Details' box.
c) Responding to the tender
- Click ‘My Response' under ‘PQQ/ 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 the buyer and seek any clarification
- Note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT
- There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). 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.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: This authority will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
3.8.2015