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Soft Market Testing for Culture and Sports Services

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Durham County Council
Corporate Procurement, County Hall
For the attention of: Ian Wilson
DH1 5UL Durham

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

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:
Soft Market Testing for Culture and Sports Services
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 26: Recreational, cultural and sporting services
County Durham

NUTS code UKC14

II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Council is conducting a market testing exercise to gauge market interest and seek additional information in respect of its Cultural & Leisure portfolio. Interested parties should download an Information Pack containing more detail about the service area and their soft market questionnaire. Details of where to access the documentation is set out in Section 11.7 below.


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


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): yes
II.8)Additional information:

The Information Pack and the soft market questionnaire are available for download via Access the Supplier Area, select Durham and input QTLE-94FLU7. The Council is seeking responses from interested parties by 12:00 on Friday 15 February 2013. The Council reserves the right to seek further clarification on any reponses by way of written communication or meeting, where it considers this appropriate to do so.

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:
The Council is seeking responses to a Questionnaire by way of market testing to enable the Council to assess market interest and capacity in relation to the potential delivery of leisure and cultural services (as set out in the Information Pack), This notice is issued solely for the purposes of conducting market testing and does not constitute any commitment by the Council to to undertake any procurement exercise in the future. Interested parties will not be prejudiced by any response, or failure to respond, to this market test and a response to this PIN does not guarantee any invitation to participate in any future public procurement process that the Council may conduct. This PIN does not constitute a call for competition to procure any services for the Council. The Council is not liable for any costs, fees or expenses incurred by any party participating in this market testing exercise.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
Relevant governmental Internet sites where information can be obtained
Tax legislation
Environmental protection legislation
Employment protection and working conditions
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: