Transport Scotland has started the procurement process for a multiple supplier framework agreement for claims advice, quantification and cost estimation services.
It is looking to obtain the services of suitably qualified and experienced consultants, capable of providing specialist dispute and claims advice services to support dispute/claim resolution during scheme development and/or construction stages.
Transport Scotland has identified a need for dispute and claims advice to support the delivery teams of its transport related contracts. “Due to the complexity and length (in some cases up to 30 years) of some contract forms procured and managed within Transport Scotland, there is a high risk to Scottish Ministers that disputes leading to claims may have long term implications, significant impact on budgets and potentially reputational threat,” said the contract notice.
Services under this lot 1 are likely to involve:
*Provision of advice on issues that may materialise into a claim situation
*Ad-hoc advice services on disputes
*Assessment of validity of disputes/claims,
*Recommendations on resolution options, strategies, tactics and solutions,
*Assessment of potential liability for claims,
*Technical support, advice and resource during adjudication proceedings,
*Provide technical support, advice and resource during legal proceedings,
*Preparation of reports as necessary to support the preparation for and the legal/ dispute resolution processes
*Liaison with other parties (including other consultants and Legal Counsel) involved in the processes as necessary
*Critical assessment of claims quantification to establish appropriateness, factual basis etc. as may be appropriate
*Forensic planning services (establish delay and quantum of)
*Review and provide recommendation relating to valuation, delay, disruption, loss and expense type claims
*Expert report writing and evidence preparation services
*Expert witness services.
It is envisaged that the services can be provided remotely at the organisations offices with attendance required on an ad-hoc basis at Transport Scotland’s offices. However, on occasion, the provider may be required to undertake the following duties:
(i) attend the offices, construction sites or other location within the UK as and when required;
(ii) attend meetings at Transport Scotland’s main office in Buchanan House, Glasgow or site offices as required;
(iii) liaison with other Transport Scotland advisers/consultants/contractors as required.
The framework participants will be procured through a competitive tender procedure, in accordance with the restricted procedure as provided for in the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015. The framework agreement will be for a period of 4 years. Contracts called off the framework will be of varying length depending on individual project requirements.
To be considered for this contract, economic operators are required to complete the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) in accordance with this contract notice. Economic operators shall be evaluated in accordance with the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015, on the basis of information they have provided within the ESPD.
The ESPD can be downloaded via the Public Contracts Scotland portal (www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk).