II.2.3) Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, OX11 0QX, United Kingdom
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), a component Research Council of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, whose goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.
At its Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), STFC’s RAL Space has two 5m Diameter Vacuum Chambers, referred to as Space Test Chamber 2 and 3 (STC-2 and STC-3).
This procurement is for the design, manufacture, supply and delivery to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory of two Shroud Panel sets for use in STC-2 and STC-3.
It is the Contracting Authority’s intention to place TWO contracts (one for each set of panels) with two different suppliers (the two highest-scored, compliant bids received) as a result of this procurement.
The total estimated value listed encompasses both panel sets.
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II.2.5) Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6) Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 1 400 000.00 GBP
II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 10
This contract is subject to renewal: No
II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted:
II.2.11) Information about options
Description of options:
The Contracting Authority’s intention is to award two contracts (for the design and supply of Panel Set C and Panel Set D respectively, as defined in the Specification and Statement of Work) to the two highest-scored compliant bidders, providing both have scored 60.00 % or more. However, the Contracting Authority reserves the right to award just one contract for both sets of shroud panels to one bidder if only one compliant bid scores above the 60.00 % threshold.
In the instance where two contracts have been let and one is later terminated (for whatever reason), the Contracting Authority also reserves the right to subsequently place a contract for the second set with the supplier whose contract is still in place.
II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: