UK-Swindon: Research, testing and scientific technical simulator.

UK-Swindon: Research, testing and scientific technical simulator.

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 and Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1793442000, Email:
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: Yes .

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: government research and innovation

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement - 1
II.1.1) Title: UKRI-1431 Direct Field Acoustic Noise Facility PIN
Reference number: UKRI-1431
II.1.2) Common Procurement Vocabulary:
38970000 - Research, testing and scientific technical simulator.
II.1.3) Type of contract: SUPPLIES
II.1.4) Short description:
This notice is in relation to a draft outline requirement written by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC, who are part of UKRI) of a proposed Direct Field Acoustic Noise (DFAN) facility to be used to test satellites and large sub-assemblies in the National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF). The purpose is to prompt market and technical information relating to the purchase and rental of the equipment needed to carry out acoustic tests in the NSTF.

It is important to note that this notice is NOT a call for competition but for UKRI to engage with the market to assist in the understanding of such a requirement.
II.1.5) Estimated total value: Not Provided
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.2.3) Place of performance:
Region Codes:
UKJ14 - Oxfordshire
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:
Parties who are interested in the requirement may request a copy of the 'draft requirement document' by emailing the procurement team at and ensure you state the reference "UKRI-1431 Direct Field Acoustic Noise Facility PIN". We shall facilitate requests for the document up to 29 July 2022.

The aim of this Prior Information Notice and the draft requirement document is to assist UKRI with the following;

1.Rough order of magnitude prices for the rental of a DFAN facility (including delivery and operation) to complete the campaigns described in the draft requirement document.
2.Rough order of magnitude price for purchase of a medium scale test system including approximate lead times.
3.Comments for metrics to assess diffusivity
4.Any comments which might improve a final specification or the assessment of systems to a final specification

In addition, it would be useful if the following issue could be addressed;

1.Comments for rental of additional hardware to extend the medium system to the large size
2.Comment for purchase rental/hybrid and transition from rental to purchase
3.A summary of the architecture (hardware, software and operational process) of any potential DFAN system

The timescales UKRI are currently working toward are;
Rental of a first medium sized system is expected no earlier than Aug 23
Rental of a second medium sized system is expected no earlier than April 24
Rental of a large sized system is expected no earlier than April 24
Purchase – Budget is expected for FY23-24 (note potential overlap with rental)
II.2.14) Additional information
Not Provided

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:
To view this notice, please click here:
GO-2022623-PRO-20482686 TKR-2022623-PRO-20482685

VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 23/06/2022