UK-Swindon: Construction work.

UK-Swindon: Construction work.

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, SN12 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 7562167366, Email:
Contact: Kate Richardson
Main Address:
NUTS Code: UKK14
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-1106 UKGEOS Borehole Drilling and Civils including Thermal Heat Infrastructure - Cheshire Site
Reference number: UKRI-1106
II.1.2) Common Procurement Vocabulary:
45000000 - Construction work.
II.1.3) Type of contract: WORKS
II.1.4) Short description:
In 2017, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy approved funding for the development of two
subsurface scientific research facilities, to be delivered by the British Geological Survey for the Natural Environment
Research Council (NERC). These first-of-their-kind research facilities will generate knowledge that will contribute to
the responsible development of new low-carbon energy technologies both in the UK and internationally. One site in
Glasgow is complete and construction of the Cheshire site is yet to commence and is the subject of this procurement
activity. This PIN is for the Principal Contractor who will construct the UKGEOS Cheshire Observatory. The
observatory is a research field site comprising a novel, highly instrumented borehole array, which will be used to
undertake research into thermal storage and other related topics. This opportunity gives the Principal Contractor the
opportunity to contribute to a highly unique and specialised project.
II.1.5) Estimated total value:
Value excluding VAT (give figures only) : 5,900,000 - GBP
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.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
71540000 - Construction management services.
71500000 - Construction-related services.
43130000 - Drilling equipment.
76300000 - Drilling services.
45200000 - Works for complete or part construction and civil engineering work.
71541000 - Construction project management services.
45100000 - Site preparation work.
45120000 - Test drilling and boring work.
45220000 - Engineering works and construction works.
45210000 - Building construction work.
II.2.3) Place of performance:
Region Codes:
UKD6 - Cheshire
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:
Design includes 20 boreholes at 100 m depth, fitted with state-of-the-art down-hole scientific instrumentation including
thermal loops, fibre optic cable, electrical resistivity sensors and groundwater sampling/pumping installations. Civil
works include thermal infrastructure, ducts, headworks, fencing, cabinets, local utility connections and a
welfare/data centre cabin, as well as temporary works. The quality of the science to be undertaken is highly
dependent on the data obtained during drilling and the quality of the final installation. Quality, workmanship and an
endeavour to install the site with the upmost attention is required.
II.2.14) Additional information
Construction due to commence Q2 2022.The successful contractor and its supply chain will preferably have
experience in delivering high-quality borehole infrastructure, research-quality geothermal infrastructure and working
with a research-orientated client whose interest is in the quality of the installation (operational for 15-years) and the
science that can be obtained during construction

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) - NO

Section VI: Complementary Information
VI.3) Additional Information:
Please note this PIN was previous published in the OJEU on 26/11/2020 (2020/S 234-579000).

Any interested suppliers should express their interest in the tender opportunity via the link below.
For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:

To respond to this opportunity, please click here:
GO-202163-PRO-18340686 TKR-202163-PRO-18340685

VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 03/06/2021