National Mass Spectrometry Services

National Mass Spectrometry Services

A National Mass Spectrometry Service is required to provide a single point of access to up-to-date, high quality mass spectrometry to support and underpin research within the engineering and physical sciences. Training and support for users will also be provided within the service.

UK-Swindon: research and experimental development services

2012/S 163-271509

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

RCUK SSC Limited
North Star House, North Star Avenue
For the attention of: Allan Norman
SN2 1FF Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: allan.norman@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.ssc.rcuk.ac.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: Mass Spectrometry Services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

EPSRC
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1ET Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
National Mass Spectrometry Services.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 1: Maintenance and repair services
NUTS code UK
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
EPSRC, following a review of the needs of the UK engineering and physical sciences community, has prioritised a National Mass Spectrometry Service to be included as part of its suite of Mid-Range Facilities.
A National Mass Spectrometry Service is required to provide a single point of access to up-to-date, high quality mass spectrometry to support and underpin research within the engineering and physical sciences. Training and support for users will also be provided within the service.
EPSRC is launching a call for tenders for provision of this Service and the relevant requirements are set out in this section of the document.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73100000, 73111000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 2 000 000 and 3 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Tenders are to be priced in sterling. The payment schedule will be notified in the contract documentation.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Joint and severable liabilities.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Details whether your organisation directors or anyone in an equivalent position, any other senior managers who have the power of representation, decision or control have any convictions relating to any of the offences listed under Regulation 23(1), of the public contracts Regulations. If so each conviction with full details should be listed.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: 3 years audited accounts and latest company report
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Assessed on the proposed Mass Spectrometry Facility and on site inspection and evaluation.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged number of operators: 1
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
AN03
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 5.10.2012 – 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
5.10.2012 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
12.10.2012
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders
Date: 16.11.2012 – 12:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

The Procurement Policy Manager
North Star House
SN2 1FF Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: SSCLTD.procurementpolicy@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will notify suppliers knocked out at PQQ stage and not invited to tender why they were unsuccessful.
The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day stand still period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. The 10 day period will be extended to 15 days from the ‘relevant sending date’ when the ‘Alcatel’ letter is not sent electronically.
This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the Contracting Authority before the contract is entered into. Such additional information should be requested from the address in section I.1.
The Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 also clarify that a letter received from an unsuccessful bidder is not in itself enough to extend the legal standstill period and prevent the authority signing the contract. To do so, a bidder must actually go to court, issue proceedings, and serve them.
If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) as amended by The Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009, provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at a risk of harm by breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England Wales and Northern Ireland).
The new limitation period will apply specifically where a bidder brings an ‘ineffectiveness’ claim. There is a six-month long-stop period that will be shortened to 30 days where the authority has published an award notice, or where they have notified the losing bidders of their exclusion, and given proper reasons.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:22.8.2012

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