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NITHCo/Translink, comprising of Northern Ireland Railways, Metro, and Ulsterbus is the all embracing title for the integrated public transport operations in Northern Ireland, otherwise known as the contracting Authority.NITHCo/Translink requires a ...

Contract award notice - utilities

Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

3 Milewater Road
For the attention of: Mark Osmer
BT3 9BG Belfast
Telephone: +44 2890899400

I.2)Main activity
Railway services
Urban railway, tramway, trolleybus or bus services
I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract
Provision of catering services - Belfast City Centre.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Northern Ireland.

NUTS code UKN0

II.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
NITHCo/Translink, comprising of Northern Ireland Railways, Metro, and Ulsterbus is the all embracing title for the integrated public transport operations in Northern Ireland, otherwise known as the contracting Authority.
NITHCo/Translink requires a competent contractor to provide a catering service for approximately 500 Translink employees, which includes bus drivers and Inspectorate staff in the Belfast City Centre from Monday - Saturday; the provision operates throughout the operational day in order to cover scheduled meal breaks for all duties. This provision is an integral factor of our operation and assists the organisation to plan and maintain efficient scheduling of our services. Our current operation is located in May Street, Belfast however this could be relocated during the term of the new contract.
The initial contract will be for a period of 5 years with options to extend for a further 2 periods of 1 year each.
II.1.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

55300000, 55330000

II.1.6)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.2)Total final value of contract(s)
II.2.1)Total final value of contract(s)

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Negotiated with a call for competition
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting entity:
The Translink Group file reference 008/0073/11
Bravo project reference 5576
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Contract notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2011/S 229-371983 of 29.11.2011

Section V: Award of contract

V.1)Award and contract value
Contract No: 1
Lot title: Provision of catering services - Belfast City Centre.
V.1.1)Date of contract award decision:
V.1.2)Information about offers
Number of offers received: 4
V.1.3)Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Compass Group UK & Irleand
1 Cromac Quay
BT7 2JD Belfast

V.1.4)Information on value of contract
V.1.5)Information about subcontracting
V.1.6)Price paid for bargain purchases

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:
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VI.3)Procedures for appeal
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Please see Section VI.3.2

VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Translink Group will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.
The Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Please see Section VI.3.2

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: