GB-Oxfordshire: UKRI- 2412 Interferometer for SPEQTRE Project

Competitive Contract Notice

1. Title: GB-Oxfordshire: UKRI- 2412 Interferometer for SPEQTRE Project
2. Awarding Authority:
UK Research & Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 7562170349, Email:, URL:
Contact: STFC Procurement, Attn: James Goldsby-West
3. Contract Type: Supplies

4. Description: Optical readers. This Invitation to Tender (ITT) is for the procurement of a wide-beam Fizeau interferometer to be used for the characterisation and alignment of satellite optical payloads. RAL Space does not currently have an instrument of this kind. The proposed interferometer will measure surface form and wavefront errors of reflective and refractive optical elements to very high precision. This measurement capability is critical for the fulfilment of the SPEQTRE project and STFC’s commitment to the UK Quantum Comms Hub WP5 satellite integration, both of which contribute to the UKRI
2022-27 strategic priorities 5.2 and 5.3 of leading in Quantum Communications and Space.

The estimated value of the opportunity is:
Up to a maximum of £115,000.00 exclusive of VAT.
5. CPV Codes:
30216100 - Optical readers.

6. NUTS Codes :
UKJ14 - Oxfordshire

7. Main Site or Location of Works, Main Place of Delivery or Main Place of Performance: Oxfordshire,
8. Reference Attributed by the Awarding Authority: UKRI-2412
9. Estimated Value of Requirement: Category H: 100K to 500K
Currency: GBP
10. Deadline for Expression of Interest: 11/10/2022 15:00:00
11. Address to which they must be sent:
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Campus, Didcot, OX11 0QX, United Kingdom
Contact: STFC Procurement

12. Other Information:
Other 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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Suitable for VCO: No
Procedure Type:OPEN
Period of Work Start date: 17/10/2022
Period of Work End date: 31/03/2023
Is this a Framework Agreement?: no