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Last Updated: 27 January 2021

This page provides details of the Forestry and Land Scotland procurement pipeline, including: 

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act requires Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) to produce a 2 year procurement pipeline, to provide potential suppliers with advance notice of future opportunities that may be offered in the marketplace, to assist with planning. FLS will always do its best to provide an accurate pipeline, however plans do and will change from time to time and this page will receive regular updates to reflect any changes that occur. If you would like to find out more about the scope of any of these procurements please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Procurements in progress

The following procurements are underway. Where links have been provided within the ‘Project title’ column, these will take you to further information about these procurements, including how to tender, where applicable.

CategoryProject titleTenders closeExpected award
Corporate supplies and services Signage Not Applicable – Collaborative Framework Call-off Contract January 2021
Fleet Welfare unit Not Applicable – Non-competitive Action due to urgency of need January 2021
Roading and infrastructure Temporary bridge parts Closed – in evaluation February 2021
Digital Renewal of data centre Not Applicable – Non-competitive Action due to cost of change February 2021

Dynamic Purchasing Systems Currently Open

Our Dynamic Purchasing Systems remain open for eligible suppliers to join throughout their life. Further details about our DPS and how to apply are accessible from the links in the ‘Project title’ column below.

CategoryProject TitleLive
Manual forest operations Woodland establishment services across Scotland 1 November 2019

Planned Procurements

The table below shows the 2-year FLS procurement pipeline. FLS often carry out pre-market engagement in the form of a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to inform planned procurements. Links to any live PIN notices are below and potential bidders are encouraged to engage with PIN processes, which will help develop tender requirements. Where known, the expected route to market has been indicated. However, this may change as the tender strategy is developed and for some procurements, this is currently unknown.

CategoryProject titleIndicative route to marketAdvert expectedAward expected
Mechanised forest operations Harvesting and extract services Open tender April 2021 August 2021
Mechanised forest operations Mechanised ground preparation services Open tender March 2021 August 2021
Mechanised forest operations Peatland restoration operations services Open tender May 2021 December 2021
Manual forest operations Deer culling services Open tender April 2021 September 2021
Mechanised forest operations Responsive chainsaw operational services Open tender July 2021 February 2022
Supply of plants and associated products Supply of galvanised lifting and storage crates To be confirmed May 2022 November 2022
Supply of plants and associated products Supply of plants Open tender September 2021 September 2022
Manual forest operations Forest management services (including but not limited to planting, restocking, beat-up)  Open tender March 2021 September 2021
Haulage Haulage of plants To be confirmed August 2022 March 2023 
Haulage Machine movement services via low loader To be confirmed July 2022 January 2023 
Haulage Timber haulage services Open tender December 2022 July 2023 
Supply of plants and associated products   Supply of tree bags for treated trees Open tender  January 2022  July 2022 
HR services Lone worker logging and tracking services  To be confirmed April 2021 September 2021 
Surveys  Ecological surveying services Open tender  February 2021 July 2021 
Digital Finance & management information platform/enterprise resource planning  To be confirmed June 2021 April 2022 
Professional services Land agency services – short term needs  Open tender April 2021  October 2021 
HR services Occupational health services Collaborative call-off  April 2021 May 2021 
HR services Payroll and human resources software services Collaborative call-off  July 2022 November 2022 
Surveys Environmental & soil surveying services Open tender August 2021 February 2022
Professional services Estates professional services (multiple specialisms including land agency services) To be confirmed June 2022  February 2023 
Digital Software licensing services various Collaborative call-off January 2021 March 2021 
Print and office supplies and services Paper records storage services Collaborative call-off May 2021 August 2021
HR services Psychometric testing Collaborative call-off August 2021 November 2021
Digital Accident and incident reporting software services  Collaborative call-off August 2021 November 2021
Digital Website development and maintenance services Collaborative call-off September 2021 December 2021
Digital Cloud virtual desktop infrastructure software services Collaborative call-off April 2021 August 2021
HR services Employee assistance programme services Collaborative call-off December 2021 April 2022
Fleet Supply of tractor for nursery Collaborative call-off January 2021 April 2021
Fleet Supply of various vehicle parts and workshop consumables Collaborative call-off February 2021 April 2021
Fleet Plant lifting machines To be confirmed March 2021 September 2021
Fleet Supply of bulk fuel Collaborative call-off May 2021 August 2021
Fleet Supply of electric battery charging points – fast charge To be confirmed August 2022 February 2023
Fleet Vehicle livery services Collaborative call-off September 2021 December 2021
Print and office supplies and services Fuel card payment services for business vehicles Collaborative call-off October 2021 January 2022
Fleet Supply of ultra-low emission vehicles Collaborative call-off November 2021 February 2022
Roading and infrastructure Civil engineering new roads, upgrades and maintenance works To be confirmed March 2021 August 2021
Roading and infrastructure Geotechnical works To be confirmed January 2021 February 2021
Waste Waste removal services (including but not limited to chemical, organic, hazardous, general, sanitary, paper, and electrical & electronic equipment (WEEE)) To be confirmed August 2022 March 2023
Fleet Supply of drill rig Open tender February 2021 June 2021
Buildings Buildings maintenance works Open tender March 2021 September 2021
Buildings Buildings compliance inspection services & works To be confirmed January 2022 July 2022
Fleet Supply of harvester and forwarder machines and spare parts Open tender January 2022 July 2022
Digital IT helpdesk management software services Collaborative call-off July 2021 December 2021
Professional services Legal services Collaborative call-off November 2021 March 2022
Print and office supplies and services Capes vehicle lease agreements Collaborative call-off March 2021 June 2021
Fleet Supply of de-stoner and sprayer machines Open tender April 2021 September 2021
Buildings Service concessions at various visitor sites Open concessions tender December 2021 August 2022
Digital Electronic records management software services To be confirmed August 2022 February 2023
Print and office supplies and services Car park cash collection services Collaborative call-off February 2021 May 2021
Roading and infrastructure Car park machine maintenance & repair services Negotiated procedure June 2021 October 2021
Professional services Technical training services To be confirmed April 2022 December 2022
Digital Health & safety system software services To be confirmed November 2021 June 2022
Buildings Newton nursery re-development capital building works  To be confirmed 2021  2021
Roading and infrastructure Glentress site development works To be confirmed 2021 2021
Roading and infrastructure 7 stanes site re-development – feasibility services To be confirmed 2021 2021

Procurements recently awarded

FLS has recently awarded the following contracts. Please use the links provided to view details of successful suppliers, contract values and other relevant information.

CategoryProject titleAward dateLive/Expected live date
Digital Renewal of software licence and support for COGNOS application 1 April 2020 Live
Supply of plants and associated products Purchase of nursery irrigation equipment 20 April 2020 Live
Roading & infrastructure Quarry drill & blast works and explosives supply 22 July 2020 Live
Supply of plants and associated products Supply and delivery of plant protection products 30 July 2020 Live
Digital Microsoft Enterprise license subscription 15 September 2020 Live
HR services Relocation services 14 September 2020 Live
HR services Recruitment advertising services 14 October 2020 Live

Under consideration 

The following table lists requirements that are under consideration for inclusion on FLS' procurement pipeline. These requirements are not yet approved for the pipeline.

CategoryProject titleProject timingNotes
Digital Data centre 2021 Digital Strategy currently being developed and due to be published during 2021.  This will inform future plans for any ongoing data centre needs and whether a re-procurement is required.
Print and office supplies and services Document scanning services 2023 This may be required following procurement of an Electronic Records Management System.

Procurement processes and terms

The sections above refer to some legal procurement processes and terms. The notes below provide a short explanation of selected terms to assist understanding:

  • A Contract Notice is the online document that advertises the tendering opportunity.
  • A Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is an electronic procurement process where the Contract Notice remains open throughout the lifetime of the DPS, meaning that new suppliers can apply to join it at any time.
  • A Framework Agreement is an agreement between one or more contracting authority and one or more supplier which establishes the terms under which call-off contract(s) can be put in place between the parties, during the period that the Framework Agreement is live. The Framework Agreement itself is not a guarantee of work.
  • A Call-off Contract is an actual contract put in place by applying the terms of the Framework Agreement. FLS also use the term ‘call-off’ when referring to contracts let via a Dynamic Purchasing System.
  • Non-competitive Action – Letting a contract without competition, used in exceptional circumstances when normal procurement rules cannot be followed.
  • Where ‘open tender’ is stated below, FLS anticipate the tendering opportunity being advertised on Public Contracts Scotland for any and all potential bidders to apply.
  • Where ‘collaborative call-off’ is stated, this means FLS are unlikely to advertise the opportunity on the open market and instead anticipate use of an existing Collaborative Framework Agreement or Dynamic Purchasing System.
  • Where we have indicated a ‘Category’, this is the FLS category grouping that we have allocated to the procurement. This helps us route enquiries about particular procurements to the correct teams. 
  • More information on procurement journey terms can be found here.

Please note that this page does not provide details of any planned, low value Regional tenders below £50,000 for goods and services, or below £250,000 for works, which are run by invitation via the Public Contracts Scotland Quick Quote facility. This is a standard process used by public sector buyers to advertise low value/low risk procurement requirements.  You can read more about this process here.

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