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Specialist Services and Sustainable Living Options for Adults with Complex Needs.

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Aberdeenshire Council
Woodhill House, Westburn Road
Contact point(s): Corporate Governance
For the attention of: Alison Macleod
AB16 5GB Aberdeen
Telephone: +44 1224665652
Fax: +44 1224665656

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: Aberdeenshire Council
Unit 12 Blackhall Industrial Estate, Burghmuir Circle
Contact point(s): Corporate Governance
For the attention of: Claire Scott
AB51 4FS Inverurie
Telephone: +44 1467629034
Fax: +44 1467629849
Internet address:

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:
Specialist Services and Sustainable Living Options for Adults with Complex Needs.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 25: Health and social services

NUTS code UK

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Aberdeenshire Council (the Council) has identified the need for purpose built accommodation for individuals with complex needs and behaviours that can challenge services.
The purpose of this Prior Information Notice (PIN) is an early notification to the market of the Council's possible intention to publish an invitation to tender for specialist supported living service provision in 2016/2017. This is not a call for competition. As part of market testing the Council is seeking expressions of interest from providers with experience of delivering specialist services to adults with complex needs in supported accommodation that are interested in working in partnership with the Council to design and develop an innovative care and accommodation solution in Aberdeenshire.
The Council is developing an asset and resource management strategy for Aberdeenshire. The proposed service development will share a 5 hectare site with existing Council operated services. Initial pre-planning application work has commenced; a full application to Planning will be undertaken in partnership subsequent to the award of a future contract notice for the provision of the care and support service.
The Council is interested in attracting expressions of interest from support providers seeking to develop capital portfolios or support providers with existing landlord partners that are able to identify flexible and sustainable supported housing options. These may include those able to promote access to accommodation within modular construction systems that are able to be moved and/or reconfigured to offer flexibility over the lifespan in order to be responsive to changes in demand, service user requirements and local sector labour markets.
It is anticipated that a phased development of the site will expand the capacity of the service over time from 4-6 units to 10-12 units with staff accommodation and outdoor activity space. Development of the site will require to be sensitive to existing users, the local community and the environment. The Council is interested in engaging with providers committed to collaborative working that delivers community benefits and those that are able to respond to procurement not just in terms of the value for money triangle of cost, quality and sustainability, but also to deliver economic and social benefits.
The specialist service provision will be provided to an identified group of individuals with behaviours that challenge services and for whom the service type and model is assessed as required. This includes individuals with autism spectrum disorders currently supported out of area in hospital and residential care settings; adults with acquired brain injuries and adults with forensic histories currently detained in hospital settings. The support model will offer high intensity support services that enable the service users to live as independently as possible in accommodation and with support that complies with national care standards, regulations and best practice.
Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.8)Additional information:

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
VI.2)Additional information:
By noting interest providers are agreeing to further engagement with the Council to allow organisations with relevant experience to inform service development with no commitment to themselves or the Council. The Council may seek to engage with potential suppliers in an early market engagement event or enter into open discussions with suppliers responding to the PIN. If authorised, the specialist care and support provision will be subject to a full tender process. Details in this PIN are subject to being updated or changed in any final contract notice.
In addition to a record of interest being submitted suppliers are requested to submit a brief summary report (1 500 words maximum) that demonstrates:
- Provider suitability to deliver specialist services to adults with complex needs;
- Provider capacity to partner the Council in the identification of innovative and sustainable living options;
- Provider capacity to commit or attract capital investment.
The summary paper should be submitted by 10.4.2016 to the Contact Point in Annex A - Address for further information
(SC Ref: 435805).
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: