Grass Cutting Tender 2021-2023

 

 
 

GRASS CUTTING AGREEMENT

2021-2023

 

 

 

Bardney Group Parish Council

C/o Anna Lawson (Clerk)

Bardney Fire Station

Alma Martin Way

Bardney

Lincs.

LN3 5TF

 

Telephone: 01526 397406

Email: clerk@bardneygroup-pc.gov.uk

http://bardneygroup-pc.gov.uk

 

Bardney Group Parish Council aims to maintain a high standard for the aesthetics on the land that it owns. The works described in this specification are to be executed by the contractor in a manner that continues this aim.  In general, what is required are the best horticultural practices; the creation and maintenance of visually pleasing horticultural features, and the maintenance of rigorous standards of discipline, cleanliness and tidiness.

 

TYPE AND TERM OF CONTRACT

Bardney Group Parish Council will be awarding a contract for grass cutting of the following area:

  • Bardney Cemetery, Horncastle Road, Bardney

    The contract will be awarded for a period of three years commencing March 2021.   

     

    The Council reserves the right to cancel or withdraw from the selection and evaluation process at any stage.

     

    The Contractor by submitting their tender for the works agrees to comply with all conditions as specified herein.

     

    CONFIDENTIALITY
    The Contractor must treat all information supplied to them in confidence and will not disclose it to any third party, unless for the purpose of obtaining sureties or quotations for submitting with the tender.

     

    TIMETABLE

    The advertisement inviting offers to tender will be advertised locally and in local newspapers weeks commencing November 2020 (subject to newspaper publication dates).

    Site visits (if required) can be arranged for prospective tenderers by via the clerk on 01526 397406 and must be completed prior to the closing date.

    Completed tender packs and supporting information must be sent to the parish office at the address shown above in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Grass cutting tender” by 5pm on the closing date. Fax or email copies will not be accepted.

    Tender packs received after this date or those that have not been fully completed etc. will not be considered.

    Closing date – 12 noon Friday 11th December 2020

    Expected start date –  Monday 1st March 2021

    Contract completion date - 1st November 2023

     

    DISCLAIMER
    The information in this document has been supplied in good faith by the Council, however it may not be comprehensive and it has not been independently verified.

    The Council, their advisors, officers, members, partners, employees, other staff or agents do not:

  • Make any representation or warranty (express or implied) as to the accuracy, reasonableness or completeness of this document
  • Accept any responsibility for the information contained in the document or the fairness, accuracy or completeness of that information nor shall any of them be liable for any loss or damage (other than in respect of fraudulent misrepresentation) arising as a result of relying on such information or any subsequent communication.

    BARDNEY GROUP PARISH COUNCIL

    Standard Contract Conditions

  1. Definitions
  • Council – Bardney Group Parish Council (BGPC)
  • Chairman – The Chairman of Bardney Group Parish Council
  • Vice-Chairman – The Vice-Chairman of Bardney Group Parish Council
  • Clerk – The Clerk to Bardney Group Parish Council
  • RFO – Responsible Finance Officer
  • Contractor - the person or persons, firm or company who’s tender for the works has been accepted by the Council.
  • The works – grass cutting and grounds maintenance work as specifically described herein.
  1. Form of Contract  

    The Contract will be in the form of an offer and acceptance basis.

    The contractor is responsible for carrying out all the functions detailed in the contract documents together with all other services ancillary there to which are consistent with the contractor being responsible for maintaining the contract standard.

    The specification describes in detail the tasks the contractor is obliged to perform together with the minimum standards to which the Contractor must perform these tasks.  The standards set out in the specification are part of the contract standard.  The Specification also indicates how BGPC will monitor the contractor's duties.

    The contractor shall carry out the standard services in accordance with the programme of work referred to in the Contract Conditions

  2. Fixed Price Tenders

    The Contractor shall tender on the basis of a FIXED PRICE CONTRACT and shall include for any fluctuations in the cost of the labour and/or materials that may arise during the period of the contract.  Any VAT that may be payable shall be shown separately on the Tender.

    The tender submitted by the Contractor shall remain open for acceptance by the Council for a period of two months from the day fixed for receipt of tenders.

    The Council gives no assurance that the lowest or any tender will be accepted nor will they accept any liability for any costs incurred in the preparation of tenders.

  3. Insurance
  1. The Contractor will be required to insure adequately against all contingencies in relation to damage, fire, burglary and personal injury with regard to their own machinery, equipment, materials & goods etc. used in connection with the works and they must keep said cover in force for the entire contract period.
  2. The contractor must effect and maintain an insurance policy covering Employer’s and Public Liability for a minimum of £10,000,000.00 [five million pounds] for any one event and must keep said cover in force for the entire contract period.  The policy must include an Indemnity to Principals Clause.
  3. Proof of insurance cover must be submitted at the time of tendering.  The tender will not be considered without this information.
  4. The Contractor must notify the Council any changes in insurers or insurance terms immediately during the contract period and provide proof of said changes etc. 
  5. The Contractor must indemnify the Council and keep it indemnified against all losses, claims, demands, proceedings, damages, costs, charges and expenses in respect of or in connection with injury to or death of any person (including a person employed by the Contractor or any sub-Contractor) or damage to property real or personal (including property belonging to or in the possession of a person or persons employed by the Contractor or any sub-Contractor) happening consequent upon or in connection with the works.
  1. Payment and Retention

    The annual price agreed upon will be paid in monthly instalments in arrears and within 30 days from receipt of invoice.   

  2. Discrepancies

    The Contractor shall be deemed to have included for all work shown on or implied by the Specification/Schedule of Works/ Drawings.

  3. Machinery, Equipment, Materials and Goods
  1. The Contractor will provide all machinery, equipment, materials, goods, tools and fuels necessary to carry out the works and must ensure that all such machinery & equipment is in satisfactory condition in order to complete all work undertaken on behalf of the Council.
  2. The Contractor is responsible for all materials and fittings delivered to the site for their own use, and shall make good any damaged or missing at their own expense and shall provide all necessary protection to such materials and equipment etc.  The responsibility shall in no way be limited because of the early delivery of such materials and equipment etc.
  3. The Contractor will provide all necessary first aid supplies in readily accessible positions on site where work is being carried out.
  4. The Contractor will provide all necessary personal protective clothing or equipment including adequate reflective or other similar clothing for use by their employees and other personnel under their control whilst carrying out work on behalf of the Council.
  1. Legislation
  1. The Contractor shall at all times during the execution of the works for the Council comply with all aspects of current Health and Safety Regulations, COSHH, CDM Regulations and any other statutory requirements in so far as they apply to the works being undertaken and must ensure that any Sub-contractor used also complies with same.
  2. Copies of Risk assessments; Method statements & Health & Safety policy must be submitted at the time of tendering.  The tender will not be considered without this information.
  3. The Contractor is responsible for erecting warning signs at each work site and all signage must conform to statutory requirements in place at the time.
  1.  Site Conditions

    The Contractor must visit the site and acquaint themselves with the local conditions, access to the site, working and storage space, conditions affecting supply of labour and materials and the execution of the works generally.  No claim for extra will be admitted for errors or omissions arising from the Contractor’s failure to satisfy themselves of these matters.  There is no storage facility on site for equipment or waste.

  2. Additional Works

    No extra or additional works shall be carried out by the Contractor on this contract without the express approval of the Clerk who will obtain permission from the Chairman (or Vice-Chairman in their absence).   Failure to observe this requirement will prejudice payment for any extra work.

  3. Exclusion of Restrictive practices

    The Council requires those tendering for contracts not to be party to a Cartel involving or including any commercial or other arrangement between individuals and/or Corporation(s) which are intended or organised so as to share or control marketing arrangements or prices

  4. Damage Record

    The Contractor shall produce either a comprehensive damage list or video of damage to graves, headstones, vases, ornaments etc. at quarterly intervals from commencement of the contract in conjunction with the Clerk.  This will assist both the Council and the Contractor in the event of damage being alleged.

  5. Inducements

    Offering an inducement of any kind in relation to obtaining this or any other contract with

    The Council will disqualify the Contractor from being considered and may constitute a Criminal offence.

BARDNEY GROUP PARISH COUNCIL

GRASS CUTTING SPECIFICATION 2014 TO 2017

 

Particular Specification

 

  1. Conditions

    Bardney Group Parish Council Standard Contract Conditions as specified above will apply to this contract.

     

  2. References

    The Council requires two references to be submitted by Contractors tendering for this work at the time of tender.  Details of similar contract(s) undertaken for local councils or other organisations may be submitted with the tender.

     

  3. Financial reporting

    Financial trading accounts for the three previous years are required.

     

  4. Contract Period

    The Contract Period will commence March 2021 and will be for a period of three years with an option for second or third year should the Council so decide.

     

  5. Termination of the Contract by the Council

    The Council shall be entitled to terminate this agreement as follows:-

     

  1. At any time during the first six months prior to commencement of the contract by giving one calendar months’ notice to the Contractor.
  2. Immediately upon the breach by the Contractor of any of its obligations under this agreement or by any breach of its statutory responsibilities.  Any payments accrued due to the Contractor for work which at the time of termination has not yet been paid by the Council shall (at the Council’s discretion) by retained by the Council on account of any claim which the Council might have against the Contractor by reason of such breach.
  3. if the Contractor, without reasonable cause, makes default in failing to proceed with the works or by wholly or substantially suspending the carrying out of the works.  The Council will give notice to the Contractor which specifies the default and requires it to be ended.  If the default is not ended within seven days of receipt of the notice the Council may by further notice to the Contractor send notice of termination of the contract which shall take effect on the date of receipt of the further notice which will be deemed to have been received 48 hours after the date of posting (Excluding Sundays and Bank Holidays). Any notice of termination shall not be given unreasonably or vexatiously.
  4. If the Contractor makes a composition or arrangement with his creditors or becomes bankrupt or being a company makes a proposal for a voluntary arrangement for a composition of debts or scheme of arrangement to be approved in accordance with the Companies Act 1985 or the Insolvency Act 1986 as the case may be or any amendment or re-enactment there-of, or has a provisional liquidator appointed or has a provisional winding-up order made or passes a resolution for voluntary winding-up (except for the purpose of amalgamation or reconstruction), or under the Insolvency Act 1986 or any amendment or re-enactment has an administrator or an administrative receiver appointed, the Council may issue notice to terminate the agreement. Such termination shall take effect on the date of receipt of such notice.
  5. Upon termination of the contract by the Council, the Contractor shall immediately cease to occupy the site of the Works and the Council shall not be bound to make any further payment to the Contractor that may be due under this Contract until completion of the Works, and the making good of any defects therein.  The Council may recover from the Contractor the additional cost to them of completing the Works, any expenses properly incurred by the Council as a result of, and any direct loss and/or damage caused to the Council by, the termination.

     

  1. Termination of the Contract by the Contractor

    The Contractor shall be entitled to terminate this agreement as follows:

    If the Council makes default in any one or more of the following:

  1. They do not discharge in accordance with this Contract the amount properly due to the Contractor in respect of any invoice submitted or pay any VAT due on that amount, or if the Council or any person for whom they are  responsible interferes with or obstructs the issue of any payments due under this Contract.
  2. If the Council or any person for whom they are responsible interferes with or obstructs the carrying out of the Works or fails to make the site available for the Contractor.
  3. If the Council suspends the carrying out of the whole or substantially the whole of the Works for a continuous period of one month or more during the cutting season, the Contractor may give notice to the Council which specifies the default and requires it to be ended.  If the default is not ended within 7 days of receipt of the notice the Contractor may by further notice to the Council terminate the contract.  Such termination shall take effect on the date of receipt of the further notice.  Any notice of termination shall not be given unreasonably or vexatiously.

     

  1. Temporary Suspension of the Works

    Tenderers should note that the Council will require Works in the Cemetery to be temporarily suspended during funeral services, should they occur whilst cutting is in progress.

     

  2. Extension of the Works.

    The Clerk under instruction from the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman may order additional works to the contract should growing conditions indicate that this is necessary.  Any such works will be paid on a pro-rata basis on the tendered sums.

     

  3. Disposal of Grass Cuttings and Hedge Clippings

    The Contractor will be responsible for the removal of the cuttings and clippings from the site and for disposing of such waste at a registered tipping or disposal facility.  All costs incurred must be included within the tender figure.  (The Contractor may be required to be a Registered Waste Carrier to comply with this section of the specification).

     

  4. Grass length (post –cutting).  The council recognises that land is far from level and the contractor should therefore meet, wherever possible, the stated requirements over a general and reasonable area of the identified space.  Any measurement stated is an average level not a measure of a length of grass and is the length from the ground.

     

  5. Assignment of the contract.

    The Contractor will not assign this agreement or any obligations thereunder to any persons or body incorporate whatsoever without the written consent of the Council.

     

 

THE WORKS
 

General

  1. The Contractor will inspect the areas to be cut prior to work commencing and will remove & dispose of all foreign objects before cutting begins.
  2. In executing the works the Contractor will take all necessary precautions to secure the efficient protection of all rivers, streams, waterways, sewers and watercourses against pollution.
  3. The Contractor will ensure that no deleterious matter whatsoever is deposited on the carriageway or footways during the works.
  4. Any damage to buildings, land, equipment etc. caused by the Contractor will be repaired/replaced/made good as appropriate at the Contractors expense.
  5. The Contractor will carry identification at all times when carrying out the works or on site.
  6. No standing time will be paid for time lost due to inclement weather conditions or for any other circumstances which may arise to prevent work proceeding.  The Contractor must inform the Council if due to illness, accident or other circumstances they are unable to fulfil their obligations.
  7. The work site must be maintained and left safe and tidy from all contractor debris and work site activities on leaving the work site and including completion of work.
  8. After mowing, surfaces should be even and neat in appearance and not show any of the following characteristics: - scalping, ridging, ribbing, rutting or long stalks.  The type of machine to be used on any site must be suitable for the task being undertaken and must be capable of working safely taking into account the circumstances of the site.
  9. The length of all grass after cutting is to be 15mm unless otherwise specified.

     

     

    BARDNEY CEMETERY, HORNCASTLE ROAD, BARDNEY

     

    General

  1. The use of ride on mowers of any type is strictly prohibited except where specifically mentioned.
  2. The total area is approx. 7000 square metres.
  3. The site is used/visited regularly by members of the public; grave diggers; memorial masons etc.
  4. The Contractor shall take extra care whist strimming around grave areas to prevent damage to memorials, vases, pots etc. 
  5. Pest control – a contractor also uses this site to undertake pest control on behalf of the parish council.
  6. A grass box must be used in all areas of the cemetery.

     

    Cutting frequency

    Total area

  1. Grass cutting - weekly with the grass box on from the first week of March up to and including the last week of October annually (approx. 35 cuts per year).
  2. Graves – the edges of graves and gravestones and areas within kerbed graves shall be strimmed weekly.  No sprays or weed killers shall be used.
  3. Verges – grass verges on both sides of the Horncastle Road footpath adjacent to the cemetery entrances (approx.. 600 square metres) shall be cut weekly with the grass box on from the first week of March up to and including the last week of October annually (approx. 35 cuts per year).
  4. Internal boundaries – to be strimmed every 4 weeks from the first week of March up to and   including the last week of October annually (approx. 9 strims per year).
  5. Path edges – the footpaths within the cemetery – to be ‘edged’ once a year during the first week of July annually.  All grass, weed and soil shall be removed from the site as described elsewhere and the paths to be brushed upon completion.
  6. Raised graves must be strimmed weekly.

     

    Cemetery Hedges

    General

  1. All hedging to be cut outside the bird nesting season.
  2. The height of all hedging after cutting is not to exceed 1.70 m (approx. 5.5ft) from ground level at all times.
  3. The predominately Hawthorn hedge (approx. 120 metres long) - to be neatly trimmed across the top and both sides twice a year (i.e. at the beginning and end of the cutting season) annually. 
  4. The predominately Beech hedge (approx. 120 metres long) – to be neatly trimmed across the top and both sides twice a year (i.e. at the beginning and end of the cutting season) annually. 
  5. The predominately Beech hedge which forms part of the boundary between the main area and the new extension (approx. 40 metres long) - to be neatly trimmed across the top and both sides twice a year (i.e. at the beginning and end of the cutting season) annually. 

     

     

    TENDER DETAILS

    You must complete and return the following sections to the parish offices by the deadline specified together with a copy of the following for your tender to be considered:-

  • Pricing Schedule
  • Health & Safety Policy
  • Risk Assessments
  • Method Statements
  • Three years annual accounts
  • Proof of Insurance

     

    The documentation must be returned in an unmarked envelope addressed as follows;

     

    CGC 2

    The Clerk,  Bardney Group Parish Council

    Bardney Fire Station

    Alma Martin Way,

    Bardney’

    Lincoln  LN3 5TF

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PART ONE - ORGANISATION AND CONTACT DETAILS

     

    Full name of organisation ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………..

     

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    Address ….................................................................................................................................................

     

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    …………………………………………………………..………………………….  Postcode …………………………………….…………….

     

    Type of organisation (Sole trader, Partnership, Ltd company, Association, Other)

     

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    Length of time organisation has been operating ……………………………………………….………….…………………….

     

     

    Name of contact …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

     

     

    Position ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……

     

     

    Telephone number ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

     


    Email …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

     

     

    PART TWO

    Please answer either YES or NO.  Where the answer is YES to any question, full details must be provided.

     

    Has the organisation or any director, partner or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control been convicted of any offence?                                                                                YES/NO 

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    Has the organisation or any director, partner or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control been or is declared bankrupt or has had a receiving order or administration order or bankruptcy restrictions order made against them or is the subject of an order by the court for the company’s winding up?                                                                                                                                   YES/NO 

     

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    PART THREE - HEALTH & SAFETY

     

    Do you/your organisation have a written Health & Safety policy?                                              YES/NO

    If No, Why not (Please supply copy with tender).

     

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    Please advise details of health & safety training you/your organisation provides to employees and sub-contractors and how you/your organisation obtains health & safety advice.

     

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    Please advise details of how you manage health & safety at work.

     

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    Please provide details of any Improvement or Prohibition Notices or Prosecutions served by the Health & Safety Executive, and explain what improvements you have made to make sure they do not recur.

     

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PART FOUR - REFERENCES

 

 

 Name of customer ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

Customer contact (name/telephone number/email) ………………………………………………………………………..

 

 

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Contract start and finish dates ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

Value of contract………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

 

Brief description of contract ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

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Name of customer ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

Customer contact (name/telephone number/email) ………………………………………………………………………..

 

 

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Contract start and finish dates ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

Value of contract………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

 

Brief description of contract ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

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PART FIVE - DECLARATION

 

  • I/We declare that to the best of my knowledge the answers submitted are correct.
  •  I/We understand that the information will be used to assess my/our organisations suitability to be invited to tender for the works specified.
  • I/We understand that by signing this document, I/We have the relevant authority to sign on behalf of my/our organisation and by signing are accepting the terms and conditions of the contract as specified in this agreement in their entirety should our tender be accepted by the Council.
  • I/We understand that the Council may reject this application if there is a failure to answer all relevant questions fully or a failure to supply all supporting documentation required or if I/We provide false or misleading information.
  • I/We confirm that this is a bona fide tender, intended to be competitive, and I/We have not fixed or adjusted the amount of the tender with any agreement or arrangement with any other person.
  • I/We confirm that I/we have not done and will not before the deadline:
    • communicate to any person the amount or approximate amount of the proposed tender (except where the disclosure has been made in confidence to obtain insurance premium quotations required for preparing the tender)
    • enter into any agreement with any other person whereby they will refrain from tendering or as to the amount of any tender to be submitted
    • offer an inducement of any kind in relation to obtaining this or any other contract with the Council

       

      ‘Person’ includes any individual, councillor, partnership, association, or body either corporate or incorporate.

       

      ‘Agreement or arrangement’ includes any transaction formal or informal and whether legally binding or not.

       

       

      Signed ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…….….

       

       

      Print Name ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..….

       

       

      Position ………………………………………………………………………………………….………………………………………………….

       

       

      For and on behalf of …………………………………………………………………………….……………………………………………..

       

       

      Date ………………………………………………………..