Medium Schemes Framework 4 (MSF4) on behalf of Midlands Highways Alliance Plus (MHA+)

  • Leicestershire County Council
  • Midlands Highway Alliance Plus (MHA+)

F02: Contract notice

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-008029

Published 16 April 2021, 10:46am

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Leicestershire County Council

County Hall, Leicester Road, Glenfield




Miss Izabela Skowronek




+44 1163057878


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UK - United Kingdom

Internet address(es)

Main address


Buyer's address


one.1) Name and addresses

Midlands Highway Alliance Plus (MHA+)

County Hall

Glenfield, Leicester



Mr John Hooper




+44 1163057873


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UK - United Kingdom

Internet address(es)

Main address


Buyer's address


one.2) Information about joint procurement

The contract involves joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

one.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at


Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via


one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

one.5) Main activity

General public services

Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Medium Schemes Framework 4 (MSF4) on behalf of Midlands Highways Alliance Plus (MHA+)

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 45233000 - Construction, foundation and surface works for highways, roads

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

The framework scope of the MSF4 is for the execution of highway, civil and municipal engineering works. Typical schemes may involve, but not exclusively be, highway improvements, highway maintenance, highway infrastructure works (including bridges, subways, culverts and retaining walls), public realm works (town centre enhancements), drainage improvements, canal works and other infrastructure works such as waste management facilities.

Such schemes will be undertaken within the administrative boundaries of the existing MHA+ members (on behalf of the local authorities concerned or any other publicly-funded body working in conjunction with the MHA+ members), and other such bodies located within or adjacent to the geographical Midlands area that become members of the MHA+ during the currency of this Agreement. Any member of the MHA+ will be eligible to place orders under this framework, A full, uptodate list of MHA+ members can be found on the MHA+ website https://www.mhaplus.org.uk/about-us/membership/

There is no lower or upper limit on the value of Work Orders that can be issued under the MSF4. It is anticipated that most work will be in the range of £1million to £12million but a published and regularly reviewed pipeline of potential schemes will be available to allow resource planning.

Prior Information Notice was previously published in relation to this opportunity in Find a Tender Service under reference 2021/S 000-003320.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £1,000,000,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 45233100 - Construction work for highways, roads
  • 45233131 - Construction work for elevated highways
  • 45233139 - Highway maintenance work
  • 45233210 - Surface work for highways
  • 45233130 - Construction work for highways
  • 45233300 - Foundation work for highways, roads, streets and footpaths
  • 45233310 - Foundation work for highways

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UKC - North East (England)
  • UKD - North West (England)
  • UKE - Yorkshire and the Humber
  • UKF - East Midlands (England)
  • UKG - West Midlands (England)
  • UKH - East of England
  • UKJ - South East (England)
  • UKK - South West (England)
Main site or place of performance

Within the administrative boundaries of the existing MHA+ members (on behalf of the local authorities concerned or any other publicly-funded body working in conjunction with the MHA+ members), and other such bodies located within or adjacent to the geographical MHA+ area that become members of the MHA+ during the currency of this Agreement.

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

For the purposes of this tender process, Leicestershire County Council is acting as the Client and the Contracting Authority on behalf of the Midlands Highway Alliance Plus (MHA+). Once the Framework Agreement is awarded, any organisation who is a member of the MHA+ (this includes any organisation that may become a member during the Framework Term), will be able to place a Works Order under it with a framework contractor. Each Works Order will create a separate, stand-alone contract between the MHA member who placed it and the Contractor. Leicestershire County Council will have no liability except in relation to Works Orders which it places itself. Irrespective of who places them, Works Orders will incorporate by reference all of the relevant information and arrangements set out in the Framework Agreement.

The Framework Agreement will be based on NEC4 Framework Contract. The permissible contract conditions for the call-off contracts placed under this framework will be: Engineering and Construction Contract, Main Option C; Engineering and Construction Short Contract or Professional Services Short Contract.

two.2.5) Award criteria

Quality criterion - Name: Quality (excluding Social Value) / Weighting: 55

Quality criterion - Name: Social Value / Weighting: 15

Price - Weighting: 30

two.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: £1,000,000,000

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

Duration in months


This contract is subject to renewal


Description of renewals

The initial Framework term is four (4) years with two options to further extend by two (2) years each . The maximum term of the Framework is therefore eight years (4+2+2).

two.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

two.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

two.2.13) Information about European Union Funds

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

Section three. Legal, economic, financial and technical information

three.1) Conditions for participation

three.1.1) Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions

As specified in tender documents.

three.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

three.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

three.2) Conditions related to the contract

three.2.3) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedure

Restricted procedure

four.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators

Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 4

In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years:

Due to nature, size and complexity of contracts intended to be called-off under this framework, limiting the framework term to 4 years appears disproportionally short and does not allow for the full realisation of benefits of performance management, collaboration and continuous improvement. MHA+ retained the right to offer any options to extend the term beyond the initial 4 years only at its absolute discretion subject to review of framework's effectiveness, value for money offered and overall performance.

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

four.2) Administrative information

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


1 June 2021

Local time


four.2.3) Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

12 July 2021

four.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


four.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section six. Complementary information

six.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: Yes

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

High Court of Justice

The Strand




United Kingdom

six.4.3) Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures

Leicestershire County Council (LCC) will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point of information on the award of the contract, as communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by LCC as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the applicant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order for any document to be amended and may award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order for a fine to be paid, and/or order the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.