UK-Bridgwater: School catering services.

UK-Bridgwater: School catering services.

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust
Parkway, Bridgwater, TA6 4QY, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1276673880, Email:
Main Address:
NUTS Code: UKK23

I.2) Joint procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement: No
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not Provided
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No

I.4)Type of the contracting authority:
Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity:

Section II: Object Of The Contract

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title: Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust
Reference number: Not Provided

II.1.2) Main CPV code:
55524000 - School catering services.

II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES

II.1.4) Short description: The successful Supplier will be required to provide a comprehensive catering service for Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust. There are currently 7 Schools included within this tender, including 3 campuses at Bridgwater College Academy.

II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value: 4,885,000


II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
Not Provided

II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:
UKK23 - Somerset

Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4) Description of the procurement: The successful Supplier will be required to provide a comprehensive catering service for Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust. There are currently 7 Schools included within this tender, including 3 campuses at Bridgwater College Academy:

Bridgwater College Academy ~ Consisting of Polden Campus, Quantock Campus & Sedgemoor Campus
Brymore Academy
Hamp Academy
Maiden Beech Academy
Otterhampton Primary
Stanchester Academy
West Somerset College

The Trust is seeking a suitably experienced contractor who has experience of working with complex Multi Academy Trusts for various stages of education. Ideally with a strong operational base within the Somerset area, thus allowing for both adequate contract support and operational flexibility that is to be delivered to support the contract as and when needed moving forwards into this contract term.

The services across the Trust is currently a mix of inhouse and outsourced and TUPE is expected to apply. It is anticipated that a number of employees are members of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and therefore the successful contractor will be expected to gain Admitted Body Status (ABS) in order to continue contributing to the scheme.

The Schools within the Trust cater to a variety of needs. Bridgwater College Academy is a large mixed all-through Academy with approximately 1,300 students. The Academy, which is located in Bridgwater, is made up of three campuses: Polden, Sedgmoor and Quantock which incorporate both Infant, Junior and Senior provisions.

Brymore Academy is a state boarding school for approximately 300+ boys aged 11 to 17, located in the Cannington area of Bridgwater. There are boarders, weekly boarders and non-boarders and therefore requiring a separate area of expertise for a catering provision similar to that of the independent education sector

Hamp Academy, located in Bridgwater, is a Junior School with 350 students in Years 3 to 6.

Otterhampton Primary School in the Combwich area of Bridgwater, is a small Primary School educating approximately 70+ children in Years R to 6.
Maiden Beech Academy in Crewkerne, is a Junior School educating students in Years 5 to 8 with approximately 400 students on roll.

Stanchester Academy in Stoke-sub-Hamdon is a Secondary School of approximately 700+ students in Years 7 to 11. As is West Somerset College in Minehead educating approximately 770 students, including a Sixth Form.

The duration of the contract being offered is for an initial three-year period commencing on 1 August 2021 and concluding on 31 July 2024, with the option to extend for a further period of two years. This extension will be granted by mutual consent and on the same terms and conditions as the original contract.

The contract being offered within this tender will be on a guaranteed performance basis.

The quality of food provision will be critical and indeed your organisation must be flexible enough to source bakery, meat, fruit and vegetables and dairy products through local suppliers.

It is expected that the successful Supplier will work very closely with the Client and engage with the school curriculum moving forwards. Customer engagement will be fundamental to the continuous improvement in the service provision.

The successful contractor should have similar operations within the local area thus ensuring that the Operational Management Team responsible for the contract are available for regular unplanned visits and support for the contract, and that coverage for any planned or unplanned leave from within the establishment staffing structure can be easily provided.

II.2.5) Award criteria:
Not Provided

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

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Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Restricted

IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement: No
A dynamic purchasing system was set up: No

IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: No

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 OJEU: 2020/S 248-619082

IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice
The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice: No

Section V: Award of contract

Award Of Contract (No.1)

Contract No: 619082
Lot Number: Not Provided
Title: Not Provided

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

V.2) Award of contract

V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 16/06/2021

V.2.2) Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 3
Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 3

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

Contractor (No.1)
Aspens Services Limited, 06561073
Teme House, Whittington Road, Whittington, Worcestershire, WR5 2RA, United Kingdom
NUTS Code: UKG12
The contractor is an SME: No

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: Not Provided
Total value of the contract/lot: 3,823,990
Currency: GBP

V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.
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VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body
Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust
Parkway, Bridgwater, TA6 4QY, United Kingdom

VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: Not Provided

VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Not Provided

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 29/07/2021