UK-Swindon: Construction work.

UK-Swindon: Construction work.
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:
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: No.
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 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: UKRI-1106 UKGEOS Borehole Drilling and Civils including Thermal Heat Infrastructure - Cheshire Site
Reference Number: UKRI-1106
II.1.2) Main CPV Code:
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: 5,900,000
Currency: GBP
II.1.6) Information about lots:
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV codes:
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:
UKD6 Cheshire

II.2.4) Description of 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.2.5) Award criteria:
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Technical / Quality / Weighting: 65

Cost criterion - Name: Price / Weighting: 35

II.2.6) Estimated value:
Value excluding VAT: 5,900,000
Currency: GBP
II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system:
Duration in months: 17
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: Not provided

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: 2020/S 000 - 012449
IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 24/02/2022 Time: 08:00

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: 24/02/2022
Time: 14:00

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 No
Electronic invoicing will be accepted No
Electronic payment will be used No
VI.3) Additional Information: For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:

To respond to this opportunity, please click here:
VI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body:
UK Research & Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN12 1FL, United Kingdom
Internet address:
VI.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures:
Not provided
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: 14/01/2022

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