Research into barriers to deployment of district heating networks

Research into barriers to deployment of district heating networks

Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Tender for the supply of Research into barriers to deployment of district heating networks in suitable locations

Reference number: 424/06/2012

Deadline date:25/07/2012

This deadline is for… Bids to be received within DECC by 9:00 on the 25th of July

Contract value:£1 – £100,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: London

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)


Description of the contract

DECC is looking for a contractor or contractors to undertake research and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, based on evidence provided by project teams with direct experience of developing district heating networks within the last ten years. The research will comprise appropriate techniques to collect quantitative and qualitative information respectively. The quantitative data will be used to refine the design of the District Heating module of DECC’s National Heat Model. This will be a decisive tool in the assessment of potential impact of different policy scenarios. The qualitative data will assist policy developers by enabling them to determine what barriers can be most affectively targeted by policy interventions and what some of the design elements of those policy interventions might look like. This work requires an in depth understanding of district heating projects, and a working knowledge of research techniques. An understanding of Government policy development practices would be an asset.


Classification of the contract

09323000 District heating

45251250 District-heating plant construction work

50721000 Commissioning of heating installations

73200000 Research and development consultancy services

73110000 Research services

73210000 Research consultancy services

73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services

73300000 Design and execution of research and development

79315000 Social research services

79311300 Survey analysis services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 31/07/2012 – 30/11/2012


Who to contact

Contact name Natalie Miles

Organisation name Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Address Address Area 1B, 3 Whitehall Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1A 2AW

Telephone 0300 068 5800

Extension number:


Web address


How to apply

If you wish to take part in this procurement please contact Aaron Gould (telephone number 0300 068 5800 ) for the Tender Specification and relevant documents for this procurement. Any late submissions will not be considered. DECC reserves the right to halt the procurement process and to not award a contract. DECC will not be held liable for recovery of costs from unsuccessful bids if a contract is not awarded. All costs will be borne by the bidding organisations. If a contract is created it will be upon DECC terms and conditions, which are available on the main DECC website – and will be issued to organisations invited to submit a tender bid. Completed tender submission must be returned by post to DECC, by 09.00 hrs on 25 July 2012. We require 3 hard copies (one of which must be signed), and one electronic version on an enclosed CD. DECC may wish to hold interviews with tenderers between 30 July and 3 August. If successful and upon contract signature, the supplier is expected to attend a kick-off meeting taking place early in August 2012. The project must produce a robust interim report in early October 2012, and completion is required by end November 2012. The deadline to receive questions on the bid is 18 July.