UK-Swindon: Urban planning services.

UK-Swindon: Urban planning services.

Preliminary Questions
This notice is for prior information only: Yes
This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: No
This notice is a call for competition: No

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name and addresses:
UK Research & Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1235445000, Email:
Contact: STFC Procurement
Main Address:
NUTS Code: UKJ14
Specifications and additional documents: As Above
I.2) Joint procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement: No.
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No .

I.3) Communication
Further information can be obtained from: the above mentioned address

I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Research

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement - 1
II.1.1) Title: UKRI-1387 Town Planning Adviser for RAL
Reference number: UKRI-1387
II.1.2) Common Procurement Vocabulary:
71410000 - Urban planning services.
II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES
II.1.4) Short description:
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC, part of UK Research and Innovation) is seeking to appoint a firm to act as a town planning adviser for its Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) site, near Didcot, Oxfordshire.
II.1.5) Estimated total value: Not Provided
II.1.6) Information about lots:
This contract is divided into lots: No
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: Not Provided
The contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts combining the following lots or groups of lots: Not Provided

II.2) Lot Description
II.2.3) Place of performance:
Region Codes:
UKJ14 - Oxfordshire
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:
The appointed firm would be expected to contribute to the following areas:

Monitoring: monitoring local planning applications; monitoring the local planning gain environment; monitoring the development of local planning policy.

Feasibility: providing advice on the likely town planning implications of development options at RAL and formulate appropriate strategies and actions; engage in regular optioneering workshops where we consider different site development options and possible town planning implications.

Understanding the Joint Venture: to understand the aspirations of the Joint Venture Partner and brief STFC on any town planning implications.

Strategy: understand the strategic site aspirations at RAL and suggest proactive and innovative ways to enable those aspirations to happen; to advise on the development of masterplans.

Planning applications: provide the full range of town planning services to enable RAL to obtain successful planning consents for projects.
II.2.14) Additional information
Please see details on how to express an interest in this requirement in Section VI.3.

II.3) Estimated Date of publication

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description
IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA )
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) - YES

Section VI: Complementary Information
VI.3) Additional Information:
If you would like to express an interest in this requirement, please send an email with the title "UKRI-1387 Town Planning Adviser for RAL - EOI" to Please include your company name, the name of main contact and email address within this email.

STFC will be hosting a Supplier Event in relation to this requirement on the 21st April 2021 to present the aims of the project and the procurement process. It will also give suppliers a chance to ask any questions. The event will take place via Zoom at 10:00am and will last a maximum of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Following this event, STFC may send a short questionnaire out to all suppliers that were in attendance and that expressed an interest in response to this notice, in order to obtain feedback in relation to this requirement.

STFC wishes to engage with suppliers in this industry, and has particular interest in experience in the aforementioned areas with science parks and master plans, or the local area to RAL.

If you wish to attend the Supplier Event, please confirm your attendance in your expression of interest email, no later than by 16:00 on 15th April 2021. Details on how to join the Supplier Event will be sent out by 16:00 on 19th April 2021.

Please note, all suppliers that express an interest in this requirement will receive all the information that is shared at the Supplier Event, even if they cannot attend.

Further details about STFC can be found here:
Further details about the RAL site can be found here:

Please note, the deadline date referenced in this notice is the deadline for expressing an interest in the Supplier Event and it is not the deadline for the submission of tenders. All dates in relation to the tender will be included in the Contract Notice when the tender is launched.
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VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 31/03/2021