Research Laboratory Services English Heritage
High precision radiocarbon dating programme.
UK-London: research laboratory services
Section I: Contracting authority
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For the attention of: Peter Marshall
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Telephone: +44 7920781701
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
English Heritage would like to invite collaboration on the high-precision radiocarbon dating component of our research programme for 2012-16. High-precision dating for the purposes of this tender is defined as a conventional radiocarbon age (up to 10 000 BP) with a total estimated error of ±25BP. Much of this research is funded through the National Heritage Protection Commission’s Programme although other research is also undertaken both by English Heritage staff and in support of the statutory responsibilities of the organisation. During the period of this contract, in collaboration with Cardiff University, we will also undertake a major research project funded by the European Research Council called “The Times of Their Lives: Towards Precise narratives of change in the European Neolithic through formal chronological modeling”.
The radiocarbon samples.
Details of the 2012-16 research programme are still being finalised, but it is likely that up to 200 high-precision 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.
The collaborating laboratory will need to process the following samples; bone collagen, waterlogged wood, and bulk sediments. Arrangements for the measurement of C:N ratios, ?13C, and ?15N will also be needed.
?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.
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 20–26 weeks (requested turnaround will be negotiated on submission).
Research input will be needed from the collaborating laboratory over such issues as appropriate replication, selection of organic fractions, etc. The collaborator 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 the 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. The collaborator will need to read and comment on draft publication texts as appropriate.
The contract will be awarded to a single laboratory. All bids will be assessed using the criteria stated in the tender documentation, and the top scoring tenderer will be awarded the contract.
Expressions of Interest.
This contract has been advertised in the OJEU. Laboratories interested in this research opportunity should contact email@example.com 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)
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.
As per tender document.
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-2012425-PRO-3879653.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:25.4.2012