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Notice Summary

United Kingdom-Bristol: Provision of Diving Services for the Thames Area
Document Ref:
Document Type:
Contract Notice - Open Procedure
Published By:
Defra Network eTendering Portal
Date Published:
21 November 2019
Deadline Date:
23 December 2019
Document Source:
Alert Profile:

Notice Abstract


Notice Details

Contract notice

Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting Change entity

I.1) Name and addresses

Defra Network eTendering Portal

Horizon House




Contact person: Eunice Kuyinu

Telephone: +44 2080247594



Internet address(es)

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.3) Communication

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 sent electronically to:

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to the abovementioned address

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office

I.5) Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title


Reference number: 27839

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description


II.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 200 000.00 GBP

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)




II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:


II.2.4) Description of the procurement

The Environment Agency is seeking the provision of diving services to complete both planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and reactive diving works for a number of Environment Agency assets, including locks, weirs and bridges within its Thames Area and with a possible requirement for working in other Environment Agency areas as and when required. PPM work comprises sub-surface inspections of a variety of structures and producing comprehensive written reports, as well as scheduled component replacement. Reactive works are generated by PPM inspection findings, as well as additional construction works requested by Environment Agency areas and departments.

Environment Agency assets in Thames Area which require routine diving operations are mainly located along the River Thames, the upper half flowing from St John’s Lock to Hurley Lock and the lower half from Temple Lock to Teddington Lock. Further assets are found on the Rivers Wey, Kennet, Loddon, Ray, Wolvercote and on the Jubilee River. All rivers stated are non-tidal, with the exception of Teddington Lock site on the River Thames. The diving teams will predominantly be working on inland rivers and reservoirs, with an infrequent requirement to work on our coastal defenses.

Use of this framework may also be offered to the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and to its associated bodies including any agencies and non departmental public bodies.

As such, any indicative volumes or estimated framework values may be subject to change.

The framework is intended to be awarded to a single supplier.

II.2.5) Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

Provision of diving services for the Thames Area.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

II.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1) Conditions for participation

III.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.2) Conditions related to 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 with a single operator.

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 23/12/2019

Local time: 14:00

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

Tender must be valid until: 23/03/2020

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 23/12/2019

Local time: 14:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: Yes

Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

Every 4 years.

VI.3) Additional information

Please note: this framework is being procured under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. In relation to IV.1), the type of procedure is the Open Procedure Regulation 29.

Please note: this exercise shall be conducted using a 2-stage approach:- organisations wishing to pursue this opportunity should complete the questions and submit your response to the supplier selection criteria (SSC) and award stage question through

The Bravo Portal system(

The objective of the selection stage is to evaluate responses in accordance with regulations 57 and 58 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Completion of this section is mandatory. Any tenderer that fails one of the mandatory criteria set out in the specification will not progressed to be evaluated at the award stage.

Selection stage questions are listed under the qualification envelope. Most of the questions are ‘pass/fail’ questions. If you do not answer any of these questions appropriately, we will reject your application in full and will not evaluate any further questions and you will not be eligible to have your tender assessed at the award stage.

Please ensure you complete and submit the on-line qualification envelope forms within Bravo.

Right to cancel: the Environment Agency reserves the right to discontinue the procurement process at any time, which shall include the right not to award a framework or a contract, and does not bind itself to accept the lowest tender, or any tender received and reserves the right to award the framework or contract in part or to call for new tenders should it consider this necessary. The Environment Agency shall not be liable for any costs or expenses incurred by any candidate or tenderer in connection with the completion and return of the information requested in this contract notice or in the completion or submission of any tender.

Other contracting authorities: this framework is primarily intended to meet the needs of the Environment Agency. The agency may require the successful bidder to provide the services on the same terms that are agreed as a result of this tender to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its associated bodies including any agencies and non departmental public bodies and others (the Defra Group). The agency may also require the provision of the services to members of the aforementioned Defra Group via the Environment Agency, rather than directly.

A full list of the Defra Group can be found at: The successful bidder may also be required to provide the services to local authorities in England and Wales. A full list maybe found at Similarly, the successful bidder may be required to supply and provide the services to Central Government departments, executive agencies and other NDPBs. Full lists can be found at: and

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

Environment Agency

Horizon House




VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


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