UK-Swindon: Frames.

UK-Swindon: Frames.
Section I: Contracting Authority
I.1) Name and addresses
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1793442000, Email:
Main Address:
NUTS Code: UKK14
I.2) Joint procurement
The contract involves joint procurement: No.
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not provided
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: Yes.
I.3) Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from: the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically via to the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: Not provided
I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5) Main activity
Other activity:

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title: The Provision Of 128 DUNE APA Stainless Steel Frames
Reference Number: UKRI-1620
II.1.2) Main CPV Code:
44142000 - Frames.
AA11-1 - Steel

II.1.3) Type of contract: SUPPLIES
II.1.4) Short description: The DUNE Anode Plane Assemblies (APAs) will form the major part of the DUNE far site detector. We are finishing the prototype APAs for installation in a cryostat at CERN and preparing for the full production run of up to 128 APAs. The APAs are composed of large stainless steel metal frames and made of thousands of turns of wire, roughly 24 kilometres for each APA. It’s an engineering challenge to wind the wire around the frames and build the wire chambers.

A fully assembled frame is expected ‘in spec’ with all the associated documents or ‘doc pack’ including material certificates, ITP (Inspection Test plan), mechanical inspections, NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) etc.

Full qualification (inspection) by ourselves will be needed in the first batch of two frames. This will include visual inspection, an inspection of holes and machined parts and welding quality. The company will allow us access to do these qualification checks.
II.1.5) Estimated total value:
Value excluding VAT: 2,500,000
Currency: GBP
II.1.6) Information about lots:
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV codes:
44142000 - Frames.
AA11-1 - Steel
45262680 - Welding.

II.2.3) Place of performance:
UKD61 Warrington

II.2.4) Description of procurement: Your company will be asked to manufacture up to 128 APA frames by October 2025. The first two APA frames should be assembled, inspected and shipped to Daresbury by 31st January 2022, the following 6 to be delivered on 28th March, and from then on, 6 frames every 9 weeks.

During manufacture, time will be needed to visit the sub-contract companies (if used) and yourselves to carry out inspections. In addition, around half a day per frame will be required to measure the flatness of each frame with our laser tracking system, which is shown in the attached document “8760doc055 Frame planarity testing”. Finally, Crane operators and riggers will be needed to fix the APA frame in landscape mode, as shown.

Downtime periods of up to two months might be needed. In such a case, the delivery dates for the subsequent batches of frames will be moved by the required time.

Each APA frame will have 5 years warranty on the complete assembly.

The manufacturer will provide monthly status reports on parts procurement, staffing and manufacture of the frames. When relevant, the report should include the status of the manufacturer’s subcontractors.
II.2.5) Award criteria:
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 90

Cost criterion - Name: Price / Weighting: 10

II.2.6) Estimated value:
Value excluding VAT: 2,500,000
Currency: GBP
II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system:
Start: 04/01/2022 / End: 31/10/2025
This contract is subject to renewal: No
Description of renewals: Not provided

II.2.10) Information about variants:
Variants will be accepted: No
II.2.11) Information about options:
Options: No
Description of options: Not provided
II.2.12) Information about electronic catalogues:
Tenders must be presented in the form of electronic catalogues or include an electronic catalogue: No
II.2.13) Information about European Union funds:
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No
Identification of the project: Not provided
II.2.14) Additional information: To respond to this opportunity please click here:

Section III: Legal, Economic, Financial And Technical Information
III.1) Conditions for participation
III.1.1) Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:
Not Provided
III.1.2) Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
List and brief description of selection criteria:
Not Provided
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable) :
Not Provided
III.1.3) Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
List and brief description of selection criteria:
Not Provided
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required (if applicable) :
Not Provided
III.1.5) Information about reserved contracts (if applicable)
The contract is reserved to sheltered workshops and economic operators aiming at the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons: No
The execution of the contract is restricted to the framework of sheltered employment programmes: No

III.2) Conditions related to the contract

III.2.2) Contract performance conditions
Not Provided
III.2.3) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract: No

Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description OPEN
IV.1.1) Type of procedure: Open

IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement - NO
In the case of framework agreements justification for any duration exceeding 4 years: Not Provided

IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction:
An electronic auction will be used: No
Additional information about electronic auction: Not provided
IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes
IV.2) Administrative information
IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure:
Notice number in the OJ S: Not provided
IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 02/12/2021 Time: 14:00

IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted: English,
IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender:
Duration in month(s): 3

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders:
Date: 02/12/2021
Time: 14:00
Electronically, via web based portal

Section VI: Complementary Information
VI.1) Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: No
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: Not provided
VI.2) Information about electronic workflows
Electronic ordering will be used Yes
Electronic invoicing will be accepted Yes
Electronic payment will be used Yes
VI.3) Additional Information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.
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VI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body:
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
VI.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures:
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:
Not Provided
VI.4.4) Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained:
Not provided
VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 01/11/2021

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