UK-Swindon: Construction work.

UK-Swindon: Construction work.

Section I: Contracting Authority

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

I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Research

Section II: Object Of The Contract

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

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value: 8,234,164.53


II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
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
Nuts code:
UKD6 - Cheshire

Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4) Description of the 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:
Quality criterion - Name: Technical / Quality / Weighting: 65

Cost criterion - Name: Price / Weighting: 35

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

II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided

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: 2020/S 234-579000

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: UKRI-1106
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: 26/04/2022

V.2.2) Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 2
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 1 (SME - as defined in Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC)
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: 0
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: 0
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 2

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

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

Contractor (No.1)
AECOM Limited, 01846493
Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London, E1 8FA, United Kingdom
The contractor is an SME: No

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: 8,234,164.53
Currency: GBP

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

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information: To view this notice, 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.4.3) 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: 27/04/2022