UK-Swindon: Frames.

UK-Swindon: Frames.

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
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.4)Type of the contracting authority:
Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Research and innovation

Section II: Object Of The Contract

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.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value: 2,500,000


II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
44142000 - Frames.
AA11-1 - Steel
45262680 - Welding.

II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:
UKD61 - Warrington

Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4) Description of the 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:
Quality criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 90

Cost criterion - Name: Price / Weighting: 10

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: 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

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Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

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

IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: No

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 OJEU: 2021/S 000-027345

IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice
The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice: No

Section V: Award of contract

Award Of Contract (No.1)

Contract No: Not Provided
Lot Number: Not Provided
Title: Not Provided

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

V.2) Award of contract

V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 10/01/2022

V.2.2) Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 2
Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received by electronic means: Not Provided

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

Contractor (No.1)
Durham Sheet Metal Works Ltd,, 00543544
Progress House, Templetown,, South Shields, NE33 5TE, United Kingdom
NUTS Code: UKC22
The contractor is an SME: Yes

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: Not Provided
Total value of the contract/lot: 2,497,244
Currency: GBP

V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No

Section VI: Complementary information

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 review procedure may be obtained
Not Provided

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 14/01/2022