Published date: 17 June 2019

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 12 July 2019

Contract summary


  • Post-mortem and mortuary equipment and supplies - 33900000

  • Undertaking services - 98371200

Location of contract


Value of contract

£1 to £2

Procurement reference

RBC 00000623

Published date

17 June 2019

Closing date

12 July 2019

Contract start date

1 April 2020

Contract end date

31 March 2024

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type


Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



This exercise aims to provide high level information regarding the procurement of suitable mortuary services on behalf of the Berkshire Coroners Service. This is an initial early market engagement exercise which may result in a formal process under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR). The document sets out background information, key parameters and requirements, and invites any interested parties to respond to a number of related questions. At this stage there is no commitment from the Council to any further stages of the procurement process and, indeed, any next steps will be informed by the response to this preliminary market consultation.

The key purposes of this preliminary market consultation are therefore:

1. To establish the level of market interest in working with the Council to deliver and operate a new mortuary to serve the administrative area of Berkshire.

2. To better understand the requirements of the market in relation to commercial attractiveness and financial sustainability.

3. To test the deliverability of a new mortuary in the context of the Council's key parameters and requirements.

4. To help shape the specification and business case for a new mortuary at any subsequent stages in the procurement process.

5. To scope and inform options for the future operation and governance of a new mortuary.

Any and all responses to this preliminary consultation will be used to inform the Council's thinking and next steps and will be treated as confidential. The Council will be happy to respond to written questions or queries from interested parties in relation to clarification or additional information. Any such requests and the responses will be appropriately anonymised and shared via the Council's procurement portal with access to all those who have responded to the consultation. This preliminary market consultation will not result in the identification of, or shortlisting for, any final delivery partner.

More information


Additional text

This is an early engagement exercise as part of the development of a planned procurement. Organisations interested in responding to the consultation should download the documents which are available on the Council`s e-tendering system at: and complete as instructed.

The Portal is free of charge - to register please follow the supplier registration guidance which is available on the Portal.

Please note: you must register your interest via the Council`s e-tendering portal if you intend to submit a response. Interested parties must log onto the Council`s e-tendering portal at:, to express an interest and download the procurement documents. All communications regarding this procurement exercise will be conducted through the Council`s e-tendering portal including requests for clarifications or general enquiries. The procurement documents will be available for download up until the closing time and date for tender submissions, it is the organisation`s responsibility to ensure that they download the documents in ample time to ensure that they can be completed and returned electronically, along with supporting documents, prior to the closing time and date stipulated. Before completing the tender, potential providers/suppliers should ensure that the e-mail address that has been used to register their organisation will be checked regularly as the Council`s e-tendering system will generate automatic notifications to this e-mail address when there are updates, changes or messages sent relating to the project. Potential bidders should also check that their organisation`s details are correct and kept up to date.

Technical questions and assistance regarding the use and operation of the Portal should be addressed to the In-Tend Help Desk - e-mail:, telephone number +44 8442728810.

Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No

About the buyer

Contact name

John Littlefair


Bridge Street
United Kingdom


0118 9372568