The Hire of Trenching & Shoring Equipment

  • Scottish Water

F05: Contract notice – utilities

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-031415

Published 16 December 2021, 2:15pm

Section one: Contracting entity

one.1) Name and addresses

Scottish Water

6 Buchanan Gate


G33 6FB




+44 777512695


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKM - Scotland

Internet address(es)

Main address


Buyer's address


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


Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the above-mentioned address

one.6) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

The Hire of Trenching & Shoring Equipment

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 45233292 - Installation of safety equipment

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

The supply of trenching and shoring equipment for hire for full details see the Introduction, Scope and Weightings Document stored within the documents section of the PQQ.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £24,000,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UKM - Scotland
Main site or place of performance


two.2.4) Description of the procurement

Scottish Water requires one or more suitable supplier(s) to provide cost-effective hire of Trenching, Shoring equipment. The services associated with this type of product will support Scottish Water’s capital and operational programmes during the period of the framework agreement across the whole of Scotland including the islands.

This equipment covers all major items including Trench Sheets, Hydraulic Struts and Wailers, Drag Boxes, Struts, Braces, Edge Protections, Roadplates, Shoring and Trench Boxes as well as associated health and safety equipment such as access / egress equipment and rescue equipment. These items are only indicated as a guideline and Scottish Water will provide a more detailed list in the subsequent tender documentation. Scottish Water also reserves the right to expand the listing in relation to the provision of suitable transport for delivery to site.

The framework does not include hiring of scaffolding.

The supplier will be able to provide design, training and onsite support regarding their equipment. Out of hours support will be required. In these emergency situations, where there is a burst affecting properties, equipment to be onsite within 2 hours of call out. The subsequent framework will provide Trenching, Shoring hire to Scottish Water, its Alliance Partners, delivery partners and any Scottish Water subsidiary. Scottish Water's scope of requirements for these services has the potential to include a comprehensive end-to-end managed service covering the following aspects: (i) Provision of suitable and compatible equipment for the lot advertised and associated equipment (purchase and/or hire options); (ii) The provision of data recording and storage and the management of all aspects of records that are associated with any equipment supplied; (iii) A non-obligation trial phase may be needed prior to final adoption of the service to ensure that Scottish Water is fully satisfied with the offered service and to avoid any situation where Scottish Water's requirements cannot be fully met.

The framework agreement(s) will be for an initial period of 4 years, Scottish Water will have 4 x 12-month options to extend after the initial 4 year period at Scottish Water’s sole discretion. It is estimated that the framework agreement will start in July 2022 subject to agreement on terms and conditions. Scottish Water reserves the right to issue this under a localized or Scotland wide provision and to engage with one supplier or with multiple suppliers as deemed to be the best fit solution for Scottish Water. Note that the resulting framework agreement(s) will be utilized by SW, and contractors/suppliers working directly or indirectly for SW.

two.2.5) Award criteria

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

two.2.6) Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: £24,000,000

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

4 x 1 year extension options at Scottish Water's sole discretion.

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

Envisaged minimum number: 1

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

two.2.14) Additional information

The PQQ documents can also be accessed by logging in through the Scottish Water Delta e-sourcing webpage https://scottishwater.delta-sourcing.com/ and through the Response Manager section using the following access code: 88GTMT9J2S.

Section three. Legal, economic, financial and technical information

three.1) Conditions for participation

three.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required

Applicants will be expected to be of sufficient financial and economic standing to support the anticipated contract value. All applicants must complete the financial questions within the pre-qualification questionnaire and tender documents. Financial standing relevant to the anticipated contract value will be determined by Scottish Water based on the response to the pre-qualification questionnaire and any further financial checks deemed necessary.

three.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

three.1.6) Deposits and guarantees required

Scottish Water reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees, bonds or other forms of appropriate security.

three.1.7) Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them

All prices quoted shall be in Sterling (UK) and all payments shall be made in Sterling (UK). Payment shall be made on the basis of completed services in accordance with the agreed contract rates, schedules and conditions of contract.

three.1.8) Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded

In the event of a group of companies submitting an accepted offer it will be necessary for each member of the group to sign an undertaking that each company in the group will be jointly and severally liable for the satisfactory performance of the contract.

three.2) Conditions related to the contract

three.2.2) Contract performance conditions

Bidders must comply with modern slavery act and operate an ethical supply chain.

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedure

Negotiated procedure with prior call for competition

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

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


28 January 2022

Local time


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


Section six. Complementary information

six.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: No

six.2) Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used

Electronic invoicing will be accepted

Electronic payment will be used

six.3) Additional information

Scottish Water will not accept the SPD. We will only accept a completed Scottish Water PQQ document. This Notice does not preclude Scottish Water from issuing other notices for specific requirements. Responses to the FTS Notice will be evaluated and only successful applicants following PQQ evaluation will be invited to submit a tender. Scottish Water reserves the right to divide the scope of the contract into lots at tender and contract award stages as it deems appropriate. Applicants who fail to supply all of the information requested in response to this Notice or any resulting tender exercise may risk elimination.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:


To respond to this opportunity, please click here:


GO Reference: GO-20211216-PRO-19400946

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

Glasgow Sheriff Court



United Kingdom

Internet address


six.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures

Scottish Water

6 Buchanan Gate


G33 6FB




+44 7775112695


United Kingdom

Internet address