Published date: 27 May 2021

This notice was replaced on 27 May 2021

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Awarded contract (published 23 August 2021)

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Contract summary


  • Other community, social and personal services - 98000000

Location of contract

South West

Value of contract

£750,000 to £2,000,000

Procurement reference


Published date

27 May 2021

Closing date

28 June 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 September 2021

Contract end date

31 August 2026

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type


Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Council is looking to procure Body Transfer services on behalf of HM Coroner. In the unfortunate case of a violent, sudden, or suspicious death it is the responsibility of the Coroner to remove bodies from the scene to a selected mortuary or body storage facility in order to complete the necessary investigation.

A maximum of three Providers will be promoted to each Lot. These Providers will be ranked according to highest overall final evaluation score. The highest scoring provider will be the Primary provider for that geographical Lot/Zone with the other successful providers within the Lot (Zone) being the alternative (according to rank) if the primary provider is unable to provide the service. The Lots are coterminous with the Zones. Each Lot aligns with a geographical zone across the Devon County Council Coroner's jurisdiction. The deceased is to be collected as directed by the Police Control Room and the Coroner's office and transported to North Devon District Hospital and any other location as directed by the Coroner. The expected value is £750,000.

There will be a tenderer event held via Microsoft Teams on 10th June 2021 at 10am in relation to this tender. The event will be focussing on the Tender Process and will explain the ITT and the other documents as well as useful information to enable Tenderers to be 'tender ready'. There will be an overview of the service requirement from commissioners of the service and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the event. Whilst every endeavour will be made to answer questions at this event, it may be necessary to respond at a later date. The presentations and questions and answers given will be made available via ProContract. To ensure that this event is of the most benefit, tendering organisations are encouraged to ensure that persons attending are the most appropriate i.e. persons who will be constructing and making decisions about any tender submitted. In order to book a place, please e-mail for the meeting invite to be sent to you.

About the buyer

Contact name

Oliver Reed


County Hall
Topsham Road


+44 1392383000