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This procurement follows the Innovation Partnership procedure and seeks innovative businesses to help UU tackle key industry challenges in innovative ways. The top applicants will win places in UU's Innovation Lab. The Lab is a 10-week ...

Contract notice - utilities

Supplies

Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses
United Utilities Water Limited (‘UU’)
02366678
Lingley Mere Business Park
Warrington
WA5 3LP
United Kingdom
E-mail:
NUTS code: UKD

Internet address(es):

Main address: http://www.unitedutilities.com

Address of the buyer profile: https://uk.eu-supply.com/ctm/Company/CompanyInformation/Index/43984

I.2)Joint procurement
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://uk.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/rwlentrance_s.asp?PID=21192&B=UNITEDUTILITIES
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://uk.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/rwlentrance_s.asp?PID=21192&B=UNITEDUTILITIES
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.6)Main activity
Water

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Innovation Partnership - United Utilities Innovation Lab.

Reference number: PRO003697
II.1.2)Main CPV code
48000000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Supplies
II.1.4)Short description:

This procurement follows the Innovation Partnership procedure and seeks innovative businesses to help UU tackle key industry challenges in innovative ways.

The top applicants will win places in UU's Innovation Lab. The Lab is a 10-week programme and participants will co-locate and work with UU to develop, improve, test and demonstrate their idea, potentially in live environments. A supply arrangement may follow.

Those meeting the published selection criteria will be invited to put forward ideas in the 5 categories, each a separate lot as described below. A single idea may be submitted only for a single lot. See www.unitedutilities.com/innovation for more detail.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Connected Water & Customer

Lot No: 1
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
34152000
35113000
35113100
35125100
38421100
48326000
48326100
48445000
48600000
48920000
48931000
71353200
71631430
71631440
71700000
72000000
72212326
72212460
72212461
72222300
79342320
98330000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKD
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Our day to day lives and homes will become more connected, and we're constantly collecting and sharing information that can make us more efficient. How can Internet of Things (IoT) in the home in the form of smart meters, IoT appliances, and sensors work together to ensure we catch water issues before they become a burden to the customer? And, of equal importance, how can we use these tools to find new ways of managing water and help customers manage their water spend better?

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged minimum number: 1
Maximum number: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

There will be 3 stages of down selection.

At Application Stage, candidates will only pass through to the Ideas Stage if they are of good standing and are willing to agree to one of a range of commercial relationship options detailed in the application form.

At Ideas Stage, the top 3 scoring candidates from each lot will pass through to Pitch Day along with the next 10 top scoring candidates from any lot.

At Pitch Day, the top scoring candidate in each lot will be awarded a place in the Innovation Lab along with the 3 next highest scoring candidates from all lots providing there is no greater gap than 10 % between that candidate and the highest scoring candidate in their lot.

At both Ideas Stage and Pitch Day, candidates can be rejected if their idea has no innovative aspects to it, is not likely to be of benefit or relevance to UU or it would be not possible to develop the idea substantially during the time available in the lab.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Proactive Customer Actions

Lot No: 2
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
34152000
35113000
35113100
35125100
38421100
48326000
48326100
48445000
48600000
48920000
48931000
71353200
71631430
71631440
71700000
72000000
72212326
72212460
72212461
72222300
79342320
98330000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKD
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

United Utilities want to be more efficient so they can do more for their customers, for less. How can new technology, particularly predictive or monitoring solutions that can be applied to our water and wastewater networks, enable United Utilities to pre-emptively fix issues before a customer notices or complains - and give their customers a positive experience by informing them of this preventative action? What technologies have the potential to help the customer save money, reduce local flooding or protect the environment via enabling self-control of their water usage or wastewater disposal?

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged minimum number: 1
Maximum number: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

There will be 3 stages of down selection.

At Application Stage, candidates will only pass through to the Ideas Stage if they are of good standing and are willing to agree to one of a range of commercial relationship options detailed in the application form.

At Ideas Stage, the top 3 scoring candidates from each lot will pass through to Pitch Day along with the next 10 top scoring candidates from any lot.

At Pitch Day, the top scoring candidate in each lot will be awarded a place in the Innovation Lab along with the 3 next highest scoring candidates from all lots providing there is no greater gap than 10 % between that candidate and the highest scoring candidate in their lot.

At both Ideas Stage and Pitch Day, candidates can be rejected if their idea has no innovative aspects to it, is not likely to be of benefit or relevance to UU or it would be not possible to develop the idea substantially during the time available in the lab.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Safe and Healthy Worker

Lot No: 3
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
34152000
35113000
35113100
35125100
38421100
48326000
48326100
48445000
48600000
48920000
48931000
71353200
71631430
71631440
71700000
72000000
72212326
72212460
72212461
72222300
79342320
98330000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKD
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

United Utilities has over 5 000 employees working across the business and many more in their supply chain - undertaking tasks such as asset repair, maintenance, visiting customers and moving from job to job. Many of these are lone workers, working remotely from the central team. United Utilities has recently introduced mobile devices to many of their employees and these could be enabled with new technologies or solutions to help with coordination and performance. How can United Utilities better collect, learn from and distribute knowledge? Help ensure the safety of team members in the field? Or maximise time on jobs by prioritising workloads in real-time? Solutions here could come from many fields, including wearable technology, connected transport or tools distributed via mobile devices.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged minimum number: 1
Maximum number: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

There will be 3 stages of down selection.

At Application Stage, candidates will only pass through to the Ideas Stage if they are of good standing and are willing to agree to one of a range of commercial relationship options detailed in the application form.

At Ideas Stage, the top 3 scoring candidates from each lot will pass through to Pitch Day along with the next 10 top scoring candidates from any lot.

At Pitch Day, the top scoring candidate in each lot will be awarded a place in the Innovation Lab along with the 3 next highest scoring candidates from all lots providing there is no greater gap than 10 % between that candidate and the highest scoring candidate in their lot.

At both Ideas Stage and Pitch Day, candidates can be rejected if their idea has no innovative aspects to it, is not likely to be of benefit or relevance to UU or it would be not possible to develop the idea substantially during the time available in the lab.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Predictive Asset Maintenance

Lot No: 4
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
34152000
35113000
35113100
35125100
38421100
48326000
48326100
48445000
48600000
48920000
48931000
71353200
71631430
71631440
71700000
72000000
72212326
72212460
72212461
72222300
79342320
98330000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKD
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Every day United Utilities carries out reactive maintenance which could have been avoided if the team were able to better assess and predict the condition of the asset and works required. What predictive tools can pull together data sources (temperature, acoustics and pressure), network knowledge, traits of certain geographies, materials, water hardness to detect when bursts are going to happen and where? Tools like VR, IoT, and sensors could all be employed to help United Utilities serve the network proactively.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged minimum number: 1
Maximum number: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

There will be 3 stages of down selection.

At Application Stage, candidates will only pass through to the Ideas Stage if they are of good standing and are willing to agree to one of a range of commercial relationship options detailed in the application form.

At Ideas Stage, the top 3 scoring candidates from each lot will pass through to Pitch Day along with the next 10 top scoring candidates from any lot.

At Pitch Day, the top scoring candidate in each lot will be awarded a place in the Innovation Lab along with the 3 next highest scoring candidates from all lots providing there is no greater gap than 10 % between that candidate and the highest scoring candidate in their lot.

At both Ideas Stage and Pitch Day, candidates can be rejected if their idea has no innovative aspects to it, is not likely to be of benefit or relevance to UU or it would be not possible to develop the idea substantially during the time available in the lab.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Future of Water

Lot No: 5
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
34152000
35113000
35113100
35125100
38421100
48326000
48326100
48445000
48600000
48920000
48931000
71353200
71631430
71631440
71700000
72000000
72212326
72212460
72212461
72222300
79342320
98330000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKD
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Automation and environmental considerations are increasingly taking a front-seat in water operations. How can United Utilities stay ahead of this curve and work with future technologies in the energy, AI, robotics space to maintain the highest levels of customer service and reduce costs via greater automation and reduce energy consumption at the same time?

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Envisaged minimum number: 1
Maximum number: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

There will be 3 stages of down selection.

At Application Stage, candidates will only pass through to the Ideas Stage if they are of good standing and are willing to agree to one of a range of commercial relationship options detailed in the application form.

At Ideas Stage, the top 3 scoring candidates from each lot will pass through to Pitch Day along with the next 10 top scoring candidates from any lot.

At Pitch Day, the top scoring candidate in each lot will be awarded a place in the Innovation Lab along with the 3 next highest scoring candidates from all lots providing there is no greater gap than 10 % between that candidate and the highest scoring candidate in their lot.

At both Ideas Stage and Pitch Day, candidates can be rejected if their idea has no innovative aspects to it, is not likely to be of benefit or relevance to UU or it would be not possible to develop the idea substantially during the time available in the lab.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

Interested economic operators must be of good standing to pass through to the Ideas Stage.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:

Interested economic operators must confirm in their application that they have the capacity to attend the Innovation Lab in order to pass through to the Ideas Stage.

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation
List and brief description of rules and criteria:

UU requires a return on its investment. In order to pass through to the Ideas Stage, interested economic operators must confirm in their application that they are willing to offer UU one or more of: (i) the option to take share capital (i.e. an equity stake) in the company owning the idea; (ii) the right to receive a share in the sales of the resulting product(s) developed in the Lab; and / or (iii) equivalent rights to share in the proceeds generated from the ideas developed in the Lab, for example by way of assignment of Intellectual Property Rights.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.1.6)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.7)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.8)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

UU may specify certain requirements as to the legal form of lab participants, for example successful economic operators may be required to form a limited company and / or to transfer their business (including any relevant intellectual property rights) into the limited company prior to entry into the lab.

III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Innovation partnership
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 152-315644
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 18/09/2017
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:

UU will be working with L Marks in the delivery of this procurement process. Interested economic operators can take part in a webinar explaining the application process on 5.9.2017, joining details for the webinar will be made available at https://www.unitedutilities.com/innovation in due course.

Following the completion of the Innovation Lab, UU may enter into a supply agreement with one or more participants. The maximum price will be set at no more than demonstrable and approved costs + 50 % margin. Alternatively, UU may take a license to manufacture from one or more participants. Final versions of the contract terms will be provided prior to Pitch Day. Drafts are made available at the application stage for information, along with a draft procurement document for the Ideas Stage.

UU will not pay candidates for Lab participation alone, but will provide a fixed maximum level of practical support in consideration for which participants will be expected to carry out the relevant R&D activities. UU will pay each successful candidate up to 5 000 GBP for legal costs for participants to review and understand the contract terms before entering the Lab.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
High Court of England & Wales
City of Westminster
London
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
17/08/2017