Supplies - 413149-2016

24/11/2016    S227    - - Supplies - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Bristol: Miscellaneous general and special-purpose machinery

2016/S 227-413149

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
University of Bristol on behalf of The National Composites CEntre
Bristol and Bath Science Park, Feynman Way Central, Emersons Green
BS16 7FS
United Kingdom
Contact person: Mike Caddick
Telephone: +44 117243905
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
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

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Automated Composites Integrity (NDT & Metrology) Capability.

Reference number: NCC0008MC221116
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The National Composites Centre intends to procure equipment to provide an Automated Composites Integrity Capability to be used for manufacturing research and development purposes.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

National Composites Centre

Bristol & Bath Science Park

Feynman Way Central

Emersons Green


BS16 7FS.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The functional requirements for the capability are being confirmed with the industry. It is envisaged that the equipment will deliver a state of the art and flexible automated non-destructive testing (NDT) and metrology cell for predominantly composite components and assemblies with an operating envelope of 10m x 5m x 5m with the option to extend the linear length from 10m to 20m.

The key technologies required initially are ultrasonic (UT) NDT, including a smaller component water immersion tank, shearography NDT, thermography NDT and non-contact metrology using photogrammetry. These may be new systems sourced as part of this procurement or the use of existing manual equipment.

A key feature of the capability is integration of different inspection technologies into an automated system and the requirement to be flexible and allow future off-the-shelf inspection equipment to be added and integrated.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The NCC intends to use the information gathered to shape the proposed procurement process and specification for this project. Commercially confidential information should therefore be marked accordingly. Following consideration of responses the NCC may wish to engage in further discussions with the respondents which may also further help to inform any subsequent Tender documentation. Participating in this market sounding exercise will not guarantee short-listing at a later stage in the procurement, nor will non-participation in this market sounding exercise restrict access to the tender opportunity. As a result of feedback or for any other reason, the NCC may make the decision not to go ahead with any proposed procurement exercise. The NCC will not meet any costs incurred by any party in responding to this notice. The NCC reserves the right to award all, none, or part of the business. To express an interest please contact

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: