An organisation acting in the capacity of a neutral managed service provider only (thus not actually providing the multi specialism requirements in their own right,) but is neutral in selecting service providers to contracting authorities by means of managing the procurement and award selection process by their own methods which would be fully compliant with the protocols, standing financial instructions, UK/EU legislation that the contracting authorities would either operate on or approve, if they were conducting the procurement exercise themselves, and upon selection, manage the contractual arrangements between service provider and the contracting authority.
Scunthorpe & Gainsborough Water Management Board (S&GWB) have commissioned North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) to undertake a formal tender exercise on its behalf to procure a single service provider to deliver the full range of management support services it requires for a period of up to 5 years commencing April 2014
Services include, but are not limited to:-
Further information can be obtained by downloading the tender documents via http://www.yortender.co.uk. The deadline for the receipt of tenders is 12noon 25 November 2013.
North Lincolnshire Council is inviting quotations on behalf of Scunthorpe and Gainsborough Water Management Board for the provision of topographic and hydraulic surveys.
The Board wishes to procure services to undertake topographic surveys and develop a hydraulic model of the area from Morton to the River Eau (incorporating the existing Ravensfleet catchment model) to run potential management scenarios, and investigate the impact of changes to the catchments, pump locations, operating regimes, pump capacity, etc., prepare flood maps and a modelling report.
The Board wishes works to commence in the 2015/16 financial year and for the surveying works and development of the hydraulic model to be completed in the same timescale. Availability of the consultants key staff and his works programme is therefore important in delivering a significant ammount of work in a short timescale.
This works will inform the decision making process, and provide a strategic overview of assets including Ravensfleet, Whoofer, Jenny Hurn & Susworth Pumping Stations, Great Catchwater Drain, Laughton Highland Drain, associated drains, outfalls, etc.
Further details are available in the request for quotation documents. The deadline for the submission of quotations is 12noon 1 February 2016.
North Lincolnshire Council is undertaking a Soft Market Testing exercise to help it determine the best value for money short to medium term solution for the treatment and disposal of the council’s municipal residual waste. The council is particularly keen to explore lowest cost, technically appropriate solutions.
The council has established a Board for this project chaired by the council’s Chief Executive and a project team. The team includes legal, technical, financial and procurement leads. In addition to this the council have appointed Mott MacDonald, Grant Thornton and Walker Morris to support in key areas.
The council currently produces around 47,000 tonnes per annum of municipal residual waste. The council will provide exclusivity of its municipal residual waste without providing a guaranteed minimum tonnage. Any solution will be required to deal with all the councils municipal residual waste with an unlimited upper quantity (based on current council waste management practices).
The council currently believes Merchant Plant based solutions that include some treatment of the waste to offer the best solution. Views are sought from organisations that could offer Merchant Plant based solutions to the council, or offer alternative lower cost solutions.
The council believes the following will be key features of a lowest cost, technically appropriate solution:
1. Council appointment of a single supplier to collect the council’s untreated residual municipal waste and subsequently treat and dispose of the waste.
2. Collection of the waste from a single collection point identified by the council. This could require the council to provide a Waste Transfer Station facility.
3. The council retaining flexibility about how it deals with other waste streams during the services period.
4. The solution being based on meeting the council’s municipal waste management strategy with regard to landfill diversion over the life of the contract. This would at least include some provision of a Waste Hierarchy ‘Other Recovery’ waste management option, using solutions already benefiting from Planning Permission, all necessary operating permits and other relevant approvals at ITT stage.
5. Risk within the contract being appropriately allocated, with the contractor taking operational risk associated with the solution.
6. Payment being based on an ‘all in’ fixed cost per tonne of contract waste without 3rd party income share arrangements.
7. A services period of 3 + 2 + 2 years, with a contract start date on April 2015 and services commencement April 2016.
The council envisages an ‘EU Restricted Procedure’ procurement process, with tenders evaluated on a Most Economically Advantageous Tender’ basis with an 80/20 cost quality split.
The purpose of the Soft Market Testing exercise is to confirm market appetite for delivering a solution based upon the above, or highlight if the market can offer other solutions that could deliver the best value for money. The council hopes to deliver a solution which is broadly in line with the commercial features outlined in this paper and by undertaking soft market testing the council seeks consultation with the market on the feasibility of this approach.
The council will issue a draft Project Agreement based largely on the CIWM template, together with Service Specifications and Financial Requirements, for review and discussion during the Soft Market Testing exercise.
The council invites organisations to complete and return to the council Request for Information (RFI) Questionnaires (available from the YORtender portal – www.yortender.co.uk).
The deadline for submission of RFI responses is 12noon 9 May 2014. The council will consider each response and whether it would be advantageous to speak to some or any of the responders as part of this consultation process. Please note the councils soft market testing protocol will be followed and is attached in Appendix B.
The council’s indicative timetable is:
Deadline for RFI responses 9 May 2014
Availability of draft Project Agreements, including Service Specifications and Financial Requirements by &n bs p; 15 May 2014
Soft Market Testing interviews 21 – 23 May 2014
Scunthorpe & Gainsborough Water Management Board (S&GWB) have commissioned North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) to undertake a soft market testing exercise on its behalf to evaluate best value options for the future delivery of the following management support services for a period of potentially up to 5 years commencing April 2014:
•financial and rating support services
•administration and clerking/general business support
•engineering and related services
As part of that process the board wishes to initially engage with interested and suitably experienced and qualified organisations through a series of informal market dialogue discussions to explore opportunities across the following range of identified potential service delivery options:
•Traditional consultancy led (existing S&GWMB model)
•Use of a pre-existing framework e.g. WEM Framework
•Joint working/collaborative procurement with other IDBs
The deadline for submission of Request for Information submissions is 10am 8 July 2013.
The indicative value of the work over five years (whole life cost) is c.£200k - £250k.
Organisations interested in engaging with the S&GWMB as part of this process should initially respond and register their interest via the following link: http://www.yortender.co.uk
An informative document setting out further information on the background together with a Response Questionnaire for respondents will be made available to organisations that register via the above link on Friday 28 June 2013.
Please note that market dialogue discussions are scheduled to take place on 18 July 2013 at Grange Park Golf Club, Butterwick Road, Messingham, Scunthorpe, DN17 3PP. Attendance will be strictly by invitation only as notified by North Lincolnshire Council.
The S&GWMB has engaged North Lincolnshire Council to assist it with this soft market test and any subsequent procurement or other process resulting from it.