Consideration of a joint venture partnership for the delivery of highways laboratory services.

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Contact point(s): County Procurement Services
For the attention of: Stephen Curtis
DE4 3FW Matlock
Telephone: +44 1629536872
Fax: +44 1629536866

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Consideration of a joint venture partnership for the delivery of highways laboratory services.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 12: Architectural services; engineering services and integrated engineering services; urban planning and landscape engineering services; related scientific and technical consulting services; technical testing and analysis services

NUTS code UKF1

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Derbyshire County Council currently operates an in-house highways laboratory, accredited to independent standards, which provides a number of testing activities which are also utilised at a low level by other Councils. It is believed that there is an opportunity to increase the external business that the laboratory undertakes however there is currently no internal commercial expertise to enable the development of future business in this area.
Budgetary constraints on the Council and the subsequent reduction of capital works and revenue have led the strategic director of environmental services to explore alternative ways of delivering the service. Consideration is now being given to the option of a partnership arrangement/joint venture, which would enable the development of commercial business whilst allowing the Council to maintain an influence over the standards and direction of testing going into the future.
The proposed changes would be the subject of a formal procurement process and before embarking on such a procurement the Council is seeking the views of the market on how such a proposal would be received, and on what basis the market would respond.
The main outputs for discussion would cover, but not be restricted to:
- Development of new areas of work and increasing capacity and expertise,
- Provision of a research and development capability to reduce the cost of highways maintenance,
- Reducing the overall cost of operating a site and laboratory testing service,
- Establish an independent service for research, testing and consultancy,
- Establish an independent service for asset management and sustainability,
- Establish an independent service that will deliver an effective contribution to improving the transport infrastructure,
- Establish an independent service that will provide progressive services and innovation through developing cost effective specifications and service standards,
- Increase external income to the council and generate a sustainable business solution based on growth.
The Council is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) which should be received by no later than close of business on Friday 12.10.2012. It is anticipated that the initial meeting with participating organisations will be held at the County Hall complex in Matlock during November 2012.
The EOI should be sent by e-mail to .


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71900000, 71630000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: