UK-Swindon: Acoustic devices.

UK-Swindon: Acoustic devices.

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1793442000, 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: Yes

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 Of The Contract

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title: UKRI-2649 NSTF Direct Field Acoustic Noise Facility
Reference number: UKRI-2649

II.1.2) Main CPV code:
32342400 - Acoustic devices.

II.1.3) Type of contract: SUPPLIES

II.1.4) Short description: This procurement describes the activities to be executed and deliverables required by STFC in relation to the definition, supply, and commissioning of a Direct Field Acoustic Noise (DFAN) system. This system will to be used to test satellites and large sub-assemblies in the National Satellite Test Facility. An acoustic test system is required for the NSTF to permit the testing of any spacecraft up to 7000kg and to fit inside a 4.6m fairing to the levels and durations required by all the currently available launch systems. To achieve this, RAL Space intends to purchase a system using the latest commercially available DFAN technology to provide a uniform diffuse sound field to test their customer's satellites and large sub-assemblies. The use of DFAN technology gives the opportunity to reconfigure the system, add capacity when needed, and be open to future control upgrades and more flight representative test methods. Please refer to the eSourcing link to access all tender documents.

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

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value: 2,949,559.17


II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
Not Provided

II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:
UKJ14 - Oxfordshire

Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4) Description of the procurement: The core requirement is estimated at £2,500,000.00 GBP to £3,300,000.00 GBP (excluding VAT). The options, that UKRI may choose to procure at a later date, are estimated of up to £600,000.00 GBP (excluding VAT), makes the total potential spend via a contract to be up to £3,900,000.00 GBP (excluding VAT). The price shall include delivery of all applicable hardware (within 12 months), software (within 12 months), software licences (for 5 years) and spares to ensure uninterrupted running of the system (for 5 years). Unlike the other major NSTF test facilities this system is not permanently installed, and the configuration can be changed to suit each test campaign. Major development of hardware and software is not expected as part of this procurement, so Design Reviews etc. will focus on the configurations proposed, their performance and safe assembly and operation. The full technical specification for this procurement can be found at the eProcurement Portal link within this notice. It is essential that all the documents are fully read, understood and assessed when considering this opportunity.

II.2.5) Award criteria:
Quality criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 75

Cost criterion - Name: Price / Weighting: 25

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: Yes
Description of these options:The options, that UKRI may choose to procure at a later date, are estimated of up to £600,000.00 GBP (excluding VAT).

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: 2022/S 000-017139

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: Not Provided
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: 06/10/2023

V.2.2) Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 2
Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided
Number of tenders received by electronic means: Not Provided

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

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

Contractor (No.1)
Acoustic Research Systems (Europe) GmbH, None
Charlottenstr. 97, 14467, Potsdam, Germany
NUTS Code: DE404
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: 2,949,559.17
Currency: GBP

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

Section VI: Complementary information

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
Science & Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxford, OX11 0QX, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1235446553

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: 31/10/2023