UK-Swindon: Geotechnical engineering services.

UK-Swindon: Geotechnical engineering services.
Section I: Contracting Authority
I.1) Name and addresses
UK Research & Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN12 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 7562167266, Email:
Contact: Kate Richardson
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-1800 Geotechnical Advisor for UKRI-NERC
Reference Number: UKRI-1800
II.1.2) Main CPV Code:
71332000 - Geotechnical engineering 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: 9,000,000
Currency: GBP
II.1.6) Information about lots:
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV codes:
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:

II.2.4) Description of 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. The successful bidder will also provide expertise in stakeholder/public engagement data management and business case development.

This Contract Notice 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.2.5) Award criteria:
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Technical/Quality / Weighting: 60
Quality criterion - Name: Social Value / Weighting: 10

Cost criterion - Name: Price / Weighting: 30

II.2.6) Estimated value:
Value excluding VAT: 9,000,000
Currency: GBP
II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system:
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: Yes
Description of renewals: UKRI may re-procure this framework at the end of the term, but does not commit itself to do so.

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: The framework will be on a call-off basis for a period of 4 years. The total value of the framework will not exceed £9,000,000.

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.2.1) Information about a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:
Not Provided
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
Framework agreement with a single operator
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement:
Not Provided
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: 2021/S 000 - 028332
IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 22/04/2022 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: 22/04/2022
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: 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 & Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN12 1FL, United Kingdom
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: 18/03/2022

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