Works - 307278-2020

01/07/2020    S125

United Kingdom-Swindon: Construction work

2020/S 125-307278

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Works

Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: UK Research and Innovation
Postal address: Polaris House
Town: Swindon
NUTS code: UKK14 Swindon
Postal code: SN2 1FL
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Rhedyn Griffiths
E-mail: fmprocurement@uksbs.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1793867005
Internet address(es):
Main address: www.uksbs.co.uk
I.3)Communication
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Public Procurement

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

CON20005 — Minor Works Framework — Daresbury Laboratory and UK Astronomy Technology Centre

Reference number: CON20005
II.1.2)Main CPV code
45000000 Construction work
II.1.3)Type of contract
Works
II.1.4)Short description:

UK Research and Innovation (‘UKRI’) is planning to launch a procurement for a term service framework to provide minor building works for its component Research Council, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (‘STFC’). The framework will be for any minor works up to a value of GBP 500 0000.00 ex-VAT per project. STFC is applying a renewed and refreshed focus to its unique estate and infrastructure recognising its strategic importance as an enabler of world class science and research. The current estate comprises a portfolio of old and new buildings, a diverse range of space/accommodation types, and a gradually changing platform position in terms of building condition and functionality suitability.

It is STFC's intention to appoint three Contractors for an initial period of 3 years, with a possible 1 year extension (total 4 years). The forcasted spend is estimated between GBP 2 million and GBP 3 million (ex-VAT) per annum.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 9 500 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM75 Edinburgh, City of
NUTS code: UKD61 Warrington
Main site or place of performance:

Works are primarily at the Daresbury Laboratory (‘DL’), Warrington, Cheshire, and very occasional works at UK Astronomy Technology Centre (‘UK ATC’), Edinburgh.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

UK Research and Innovation (‘UKRI’) is planning to launch a procurement for a term service framework to provide minor building works for its component Research Council, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (‘STFC’). The framework contract will be for any such minor works up to a value of GBP 500 000.00 ex-VAT per project. STFC is applying a renewed and refreshed focus to its unique estate and infrastructure recognising its strategic importance as an enabler of world class science and research. The current estate comprises of a portfolio of old and new buildings, a diverse range of space/accommodation types, and a gradually changing position in terms of building condition and functional suitability.

It is an exciting time for the STFC estate as the corporate estates strategy is refreshed, underpinned by the recent completion of full building/asset condition across the entire estate.

This agreement will cover minor Building Works. It is STFC's intention to appoint three Contractors for an initial period of 3 years, with a possible 1 year extension (total 4 years). The contract will be based on NEC4 Term Service Contract using industry schedules of rates, and quotation methodology to work on 'best price' principle. The forecasted spend is estimated between GBP 2 million and GBP 3 million (ex-VAT) per annum.

UK SBS has previously issued a prior information notice for a minor works framework agreement in July 2019 under reference CON19008, since issuing the notice UKRI have revisited their strategy and are now looking to establish a multi-supplier framework rather than a single supplier framework. As a result UKRI are looking to engage with the market to determine if the framework structure is fit for purpose.

STFC would like to invite potential bidders to a supplier day at the Daresbury Laboratory (‘DL’). there will be the opportunity to learn more about the requirement and open floor questions and to have a tour of some of the facilities on site to understand the working environment, diversity and the potential of this requirement.

Useful feedback from the days and Q&A sessions may be used to inform the final tender documentation, ensuring all valid options are considered.

Due to current site restrictions the supplier day will take place via Zoom on Thursday 16 July 2020. If you are interested in attending this Supplier day, please confirm your attendance by emailing fmprocurement@uksbs.co.uk stating your organisation and attendee's names. All requests to attend must be received by Wednesday 15th July at 12.00.

Attendance is restricted to 2 people per supplier. We would request that attendance is restricted to key members of your organisation that would have a keen interest in this project and be able to add value to the discussions that will take place.

The Value is estimated at GBP 9 500 000.00 (ex VAT).

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
03/08/2020

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

UK SBS has previously issued a prior information notice for a minor works framework agreement in July 2019 under reference CON19008, since issuing the notice UKRI have revisited their strategy and are now looking to establish a multi-supplier framework rather than a single supplier framework. As a result UKRI are looking to engage with the market to determine if the framework structure is fit for purpose.

UKRI STFC may consider the information and responses received as part of the preliminary market consultation to help inform the specification and further decision making in relation to the planning and conduct of the procurement, ensuring all valid options are considered.

For the avoidance of doubt, this notice 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, not is it intended that any information supplied as part of the preliminary market consultation shall place any supplier at an advantage in a potential procurement process.

UK Research and Innovation

Operating across the whole of the UK and with a combined budget of more than GBP 6 billion, UK Research and Innovation represents the largest reform of the research and innovation funding landscape in the last 50 years.

As an independent non-departmental public body UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) plus Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.

UK Research and Innovation ensures the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.This is done by creating the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

For more information, please visit: www.ukri.org

About Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation. Their research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
29/06/2020