Laboratory Services Radiocarbon Dating
AMS radiocarbon dating programme for English Heritage.
UK-London: research laboratory services
Section I: Contracting authority
Waterhouse Square, 138-142 Holborn
For the attention of: Peter Marshall
EC1N 2ST London
Telephone: +44 17920781701
General address of the contracting authority: www.english-heritage.org.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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 26: Recreational, cultural and sporting services
NUTS code UK
Tenders may be submitted for one lot only
The radiocarbon samples.
Details of the 2012-16 research programme are still being finalised, but it is likely that between 2000 – 2500 AMS measurements will be needed over the next four years (1.8.2012 – 31.7.2016). The vast majority of results will be integrated into Bayesian chronological models.
Collaborating laboratories will need to process a full range of samples, including bone collagen, charred organic residues on potsherds, charcoal and other charred plant material, cremated bone, and bulk sediments. Arrangements for the measurement of C:N ratios, ?13C, and ?15N will also be needed. It is possible that dating of a small number of samples of other materials (eg leather, chitin, and shell) may be required, and that some samples may have been conserved.
?13C measurements are required for all radiocarbon measurements. Quoted errors must be estimates of total error. It is anticipated that almost all samples will date to after 10,000 BP, the majority being of less than one half-life.
The contract will be split into 3 lots to allow inter laboratory comparison. Only one contractor will be awarded a lot. Each Lot will be made up of approximately 700 to 900 AMS measurements but this figure may vary.
All samples will be selected, documented (using EH dating forms), and identified by members of the project teams and the EH Scientific Dating Team. From receipt by the collaborating laboratory, results are requested within 12–16 weeks (requested turnaround will be specified on submission).
Research input will be needed from collaborating laboratories over such issues as appropriate replication, selection of organic fractions, particularly low-collagen sites etc. All collaborators will need to provide full, written, methods statements which will be amended for use in publication texts as appropriate. Some input will be needed in publishing problematic or unexpected results, and in meeting particularly challenging dating problems. A representative of each collaborating laboratory will be a named author on publications arising from the research programme and on appropriate volumes in the English Heritage Radiocarbon Dates series. Collaborators will need to read and comment on draft publication texts as appropriate.
The contract will be split into three lots to allow inter-laboratory comparison, and will consist of approximately 700 – 900 AMS measurements over four years (this figure may vary). Only one contractor will be awarded each lot. Applications for the entire research programme will not be considered. All bids will be assessed using the criteria stated in the tender documentation, and the top three scoring tenderers will be awarded a lot each.
Expressions of Interest.
This contract has been advertised in the OJEU. Laboratories interested in this research opportunity should contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that English Heritage can issue you with an Invitation to Tender document for completion and return no later than 11am GMT on 18.6.2012.
Number of possible renewals: 1
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)
Information about lots
Lot No: 1 Lot title: AMS radiocarbon dating programme
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at http://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#pcr.
Candidates will be required to answer these questions as part of the qualification process. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the Authority.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As per tender document.
As per tender document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As per tender document.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): The Times of Their Lives: Towards Precise narratives of change in the European Neolithic through formal chronological modeling.
Tenders and all supporting documentation must be priced in Sterling and all payments made under the contract will be in Sterling. GO Reference: GO-2012424-PRO-3877073.