UK-Swindon: Computer equipment and supplies.

UK-Swindon: Computer equipment and supplies.

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 & Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1235446553, Email:
Contact: STFC Procurement
Main Address:
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: No .

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: Research and Innovation

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement - 1
II.1.1) Title: UKRI-2341 High Performance Computer (HPC) System for the Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation
Reference number: UKRI-2341
II.1.2) Common Procurement Vocabulary:
30200000 - Computer equipment and supplies.
II.1.3) Type of contract: SUPPLIES
II.1.4) Short description:
The Hartree Centre will soon be tendering for an accelerated HPC system, software, maintenance & support, and associated electrical and cooling installation works. The system will support the Hartree Centre's HPC and AI workloads as well as providing a stepping-stone for its exascale ambitions, and be delivered into a newly built data centre in 2024. The total budget for this project is £20m inclusive of VAT.
II.1.5) Estimated total value:
Value excluding VAT (give figures only) : 16,666,666 - GBP
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:
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:
This PIN is to advise the market of this upcoming procurement and to provide an update following the previous communications on this project via notice with reference: 2022/S 000-022928. Following market engagement, the intention is to delay the launch of this tender with our current intention to publish a Contract Notice in March/April 2023 inviting bids back in June. We have created an area within UKRI's e-Sourcing Portal to share documentation with the market and to garner feedback and take any questions prior to the tender launch. You can access this area by following this link: If you experience any technical difficulties accessing the above url, then please contact the Delta eSourcing Helpdesk on call 0800 923 9236 or email

Once you have logged onto Delta, please go to the documents session. There you will find a timeline update and a questionnaire for completion as part of our pre-market engagement. Please complete this by Wednesday 1st February 2023 at 2pm.
II.2.14) Additional information
This is not a Call for Competition. A Contract Notice will be issued as a call for competition. Not registering an interest shall not prevent any supplier participating in a future procurement, nor is it intended that any information supplied shall place any supplier at an advantage in a potential procurement process.

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:
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VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 26/01/2023