UK-Swindon: Research and development consultancy services.

UK-Swindon: Research and development consultancy 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, 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-1800 Geotechnical Advisor for NERC-UKRI
Reference number: UKRI-1800
II.1.2) Common Procurement Vocabulary:
73200000 - Research and development consultancy services.
II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES
II.1.4) Short description:
UKRI seeks to procure the services of a suitably qualified and experienced Geo-technical Adviser for a range of sub-surface investments currently underway, planned and being considered as part of our commitment to support HMG in this developing research field. UKRI is developing a range of projects across it’s Councils to support HMG delivery of Net Zero by 2050 that may include similar geotechnical advice.
As part of the green industrial revolution, BEIS have indicated that UKRI can play a crucial role in providing independent research and analysis (including National Capability Infrastructure where appropriate) supporting geological solutions over the next decade and in particular support the five clusters as they develop.
II.1.5) Estimated total value:
Value excluding VAT (give figures only) : 6,000,000 - 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):
73100000 - Research and experimental development services.
73300000 - Design and execution of research and development.
90712000 - Environmental planning.
71540000 - Construction management services.
71500000 - Construction-related services.
71541000 - Construction project management services.
II.2.3) Place of performance:
Region Codes:
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:
The services require understanding and experience of a range of infrastructure and scientific approaches both in the UK and abroad to include, inter alia: Geoenergy; Hydrogen Storage & Carbon Capture & Storage including ‘at depth’ both onshore and offshore and Geothermal. Services will include infrastructure design, well design for scientific analysis, injection systems and regulatory planning and permissions and may also enhanced with expertise in stakeholder/public engagement data management and business case development.
This PIN is for a Geotechnical Advisor that can support UKRI in early stage development, planning and costing to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of our investments.
The successful bidder will provide all necessary resources to fulfil this role as principal advisor but may choose to take the lead role with other ‘specialist’ sub-advisors in order to provide a pre-selected core team for consistency of approach.
II.2.14) Additional information
The contract will be on a call-off basis for a period of 3 years with the option to extend for a further 2 years. It is likely the total value of the contract will not exceed £6,000,000.

We envisage engaging with interested suppliers to better understand the market during the next couple of months, prior to lunching a formal competition via Contract Notice.

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:
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VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 12/11/2021