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UK-SWINDON: Archaeological services.

Section I: Contracting Authority
I.1)Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
English Heritage
The Engine House, Firefly Avenue, SWINDON, SN2 2EH, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2073942987, Email: NHPCPtenders@english-heritage.org.uk, URL: www.english-heritage.org.uk
Attn: Charlotte Winter

Further information can be obtained at: As Above
Specifications and additional documents: As Above
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: As Above

I.2)Type of the contracting authority:
Body governed by public law

I.3) Main activity:
Recreation, culture and religion

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: SERVICES
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: ARCHAEOLOGICAL SERVICES IN RELATION TO MARINE DESIGNATION
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance: SERVICES
Service Category: 8

II.1.3) Information about a public contract, a framework or a dynamic purchasing system:The notice involves a public contract

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase:
Archaeological services. The overall aim of the 2-year project is to provide quality information to English Heritage to enable the protection and management of heritage assets in a manner appropriate to their significance, both at the coast and within UK territorial waters adjacent to England.

This will be achieved through the provision and deployment of an array of archaeological field capabilities including, but not limited to, desk-based assessment, diver-based investigation and remote sensing in order to:

┐ Undertake specific assessment and/or targeted investigation as directed by English Heritage, and;
┐ Maintain & deliver an archive of primary site data and reports to include site reports, documentary research and logs, digital data including GIS information, bathymetry and imagery.

II.1.6)Common Procurement Vocabulary:
71351914 - Archaeological services.

II.1.7) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA):
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): No
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:
Regarding only heritage assets within the seaward limits of UK territorial waters adjacent to England, the scope of the project is twofold: a) to undertake assessment and remedial actions in respect of designated marine heritage assets at risk through neglect, decay or other threats and b) undertake assessment of candidate sites for statutory designation.

Any heritage asset lying beyond the seaward limits of UK territorial waters adjacent to England is beyond the scope of this project.

The detailed schedule of works and assessment will be agreed in advance with English Heritage prior to the commencement of field investigation, but is likely to comprise up to ten individual assets per year. With reference to guidance set out in relevant Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment (MoRPHE: English Heritage, 2006) Technical Guides and Project Planning Notes, as well as the codes, standards and relevant guidance set out by the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA), the following methods are to be employed:

Archaeological Assessment. Survey and assessment standards, desk-based/archival studies and assessments, geophysical and ROV survey, diver-based surveys, recording and recovery strategies, artefact collection & conservation policies, and the requirement for developmental work will be addressed in the method statement. The method statement will also describe how the methods will satisfy the objectives of the work, including management of lost time due to adverse weather conditions. Where appropriate, reference should be made to professional standards and guidance, and to specific organisational procedures and manuals.

Post-assessment Methodology, Administration and Dissemination. Details of project archive preparation, project administration, time accounting, equipment (to include navigational and positioning equipment), computer hardware and software, photographic and office equipment shall be included along with a description of how the methods will satisfy the objectives of the work and the standards to be worked to. Where appropriate, reference should be made to dissemination strategies related to the objectives of the work, professional standards and guidance, and to specific organisational procedures and manuals.

Diving, Navigation, Seamanship and Maritime Safety. Compliance with the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 and any other relevant current legislation and guidance for safe working practices at sea and on the coast will be met.

The Project Design should expand on the details above as necessary; the Commissioned Organisation will be expected to demonstrate a clear methodology that will meet the project┐s aims and objectives, as set out above. Where alternative methods are proposed, these will be considered on their merits.

For project planning purposes, the Designated Datasets held by English Heritage are available for download via the Internet. The data is suitable for use in a Geographic Information System (note that other digital data, such as background mapping, is not included). Listed Building, Scheduled Monument and Protected Wreck Site datasets are available for download in zipped folders containing ESRI shapefile format files, from:

In addition to data held in the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE), information on designated heritage assets in UK territorial waters adjacent to England is available from the National Heritage List for England (NHLE):

6. Products, dissemination and archiving

Products will comprise the following:

Daily Fieldwork Logs. These logs will provide daily operational summaries and will set out how daily objectives have been met as well as indicating any difficulties encountered.

Archaeological Reports. Following the cessation of site specific investigation, these reports will set out how the archaeological objectives of each assessment have been met, coupled with archaeological results, environmental summaries and recommendations for further work. These reports will be made publicly accessible via the English Heritage website.

Management Reports. These reports will describe management regimes, opportunities and threats for each site to enable forward planning and conservation management. These reports will not be made publicly available.

The daily fieldwork logs, archaeological reports and management reports will be submitted following a schedule agreed with English Heritage.

Where appropriate, an Online AccesS to the Index of archaeological investigationS (OASIS) form will also be submitted for all archaeological events for disemination purposes.

Following completion of the project, the archive will be deposited with English Heritage.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range between: 300,000 and 376,000
Currency: GBP

II.2.2)Options: No
II.2.3)Information about renewals:
This contract is subject to renewal: No
II.3)Duration Of The Contract Or Time-Limit For Completion
Duration in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)

Information About Lots

Section III: Legal, Economic, Financial And Technical Information
III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
Not Provided

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Not Provided

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Not Provided

III.1.4)Other particular conditions:
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: No
III.2)Conditions For Participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers:
The Authority will apply all the offences listed in Article 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2006 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the PCR 2006) to the decision of whether a Candidate is eligible to be invited to tender.

A full list of these criteria are at http://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#pcr

Candidates will be required to answer these questions as part of the qualification process. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists. Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so. Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the Authority.

All Service Providers expressing an interest in this Tender will be asked to complete a pre-qualifucation querstionnaire which wil be issued to all.
On the basis of responses to the questionnaire English Heritage will select the suppliers which will be invited to tender.

Expressions of interest should be addressed to Charlotte Winter Telephone: +44 2073942987 . Email: NHPCPtenders@english-heritage.org.uk
III.2.2)Economic and financial capacity
Economic and financial capacity - means of proof required:

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
As III.2.1 above

III.2.3)Technical capacity
Technical capacity - means of proof required

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
As III.2.1 above
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts: Not Provided
III.3)Conditions Specific To Service 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:
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: No
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1)Type Of Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate:
Envisaged minimum number: 2 and maximum number: 9
Objective Criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the Invitation to Tender
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: C300967/001
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract: No

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
Date: 22/08/2012
Time: 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates: Not Provided
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up: English

Section VI: Complementary Information

VI.1)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: No
VI.3)Additional Information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs).However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement,and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. GO-2012723-PRO-4100253 TKR-2012723-PRO-4100252

VI.4)Procedures For Appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures:
Not Provided

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals: Not Provided

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained:
Not Provided

VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 23/07/2012


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