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UK Research & Innovation: Purchase of a Benchtop Confocal Microscope

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Notice Summary
Title: Purchase of a Benchtop Confocal Microscope
Notice type: Contract Award Notice
Authority: UK Research & Innovation
Nature of contract: Supplies
Procedure: Open
Short Description: UKRI requires a benchtop confocal microscope for the laboratory of molecular biology
Published: 15/03/2023 09:56

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UK-Swindon: Microscopes.

Section I: Contracting Authority

   I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
       UK Research & Innovation
       Polaris House, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
       Tel. +44 7593602434, Email:
       Contact: Procurement Manager - MRC LMB
       Main Address:, Address of the buyer profile:
       NUTS Code: UKH12

   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: Purchase of a Benchtop Confocal Microscope            
      Reference number: UKRI-2456

      II.1.2) Main CPV code:
         38510000 - Microscopes.

      II.1.3) Type of contract: SUPPLIES

      II.1.4) Short description: UKRI requires a benchtop confocal microscope for the laboratory of molecular biology

      II.1.6) Information about lots
         This contract is divided into lots: No
      II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
          Value: 139,990

   II.2) Description

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

      II.2.3) Place of performance
      Nuts code:
      UKH12 - Cambridgeshire CC
      Main site or place of performance:
      Cambridgeshire CC

      II.2.4) Description of the procurement: UKRI requires a ‘latest generation’ and ‘small footprint’ instrument that offers state-of-the-art imaging performance. The system shall be capable of multi-channel fluorescence imaging of, live prokaryotes, live cultured cells, motile live cells, freely moving small model organisms and of live tissue explants.

      II.2.5) Award criteria:
      Quality criterion - Name: Equipment Offer / Weighting: 33
      Quality criterion - Name: Larger Field of View / Weighting: 6
      Quality criterion - Name: Improved Uniformity of Illumination / Weighting: 6
      Quality criterion - Name: Imaging Rate / Weighting: 6
      Quality criterion - Name: Automated Objective changing mechanism / Weighting: 5
      Quality criterion - Name: Motorised focussing mechanism / Weighting: 5
      Quality criterion - Name: Epi-fluorescence widefield imaging / Weighting: 4
      Quality criterion - Name: Warranty / Weighting: 5
      Quality criterion - Name: Social Value Model / Weighting: 10
      Cost criterion - Name: Price / Weighting: 20

      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: Procurement Contract Transparency Data: Redacted contract documents will be made available within the next 30 days on the UKRI website at:

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 000-032849

   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-2456    
   Lot Number: Not Provided    
   Title: Contract for the supply of a Bench Top Confocal Microscope

   A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

   V.2) Award of contract

      V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 14/03/2023

      V.2.2) Information about tenders
         Number of tenders received: 1
         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: 1          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: 0          
         Number of tenders received by electronic means: 1

      V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

      The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No
         Contractor (No.1)
             Andor Technology, NI022466
             3 Fountain Drive, Springvale Business Park, Belfast, BT12 7AL, United Kingdom
             Tel. +44 2890237126, Email:
             Internet address:
             NUTS Code: UKH12
            The contractor is an SME: Yes

      V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
         Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 1,400,000          
         Total value of the contract/lot: 139,990
         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, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
          Tel. +44 1235446553, Email:
          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: 15/03/2023

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