Tender for Software and Computing Engineering Services

Tender for Software and Computing Engineering Services

To undertake and support the development of software and support of computer systems.

United Kingdom-Didcot: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2019/S 052-119657

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Diamond Light Source Ltd
Diamond House, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus
OX11 0DE
United Kingdom
Contact person: Sue Blake
Telephone: +44 1235778167
E-mail: procurement@diamond.ac.uk
NUTS code: UKJ14
Internet address(es):Main address: https://tenders.diamond.ac.uk/Home.aspx

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://tenders.diamond.ac.uk/Home.aspx
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Scientific research facility

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Software and Computing Engineering Services

Reference number: DLSITT0404

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

To facilitate the Diamond Science Programme, Diamond provides extensive control systems, data acquisition systems, data analysis and other data handling processes. These are realised through developments undertaken by an in-house team of ~120 software and computing engineers. They largely use open source software working, in collaboration with comparable projects world-wide, academic groups in universities and commercial organisations.

Scientific Computing systems support the in-house software team and the facility’s users. They consist of high performance storage, provisioned as GPFS, commodity storage based on NetApp Appliances, a compute cluster with 7k x86 cores and 200 GPUs, a high performance network, Linux workstations and network services.

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: UKJ14
Main site or place of performance:

Diamond Light Source Ltd

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DLS wants to establish a Framework Agreement with multiple organisations for the supply of suitably qualified and experienced people to undertake and support the development of software and support of computer systems. This will be as part of the development of the distributed control systems or data acquisition systems or data handling systems or other computing projects. In general, this work will involve development of software within the established software frameworks or support of existing software or computer systems. Details of skill sets required for these development activities are outlined in Appendix B of our Technical Specification.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Skills, technical capability and experience of staff offered / Weighting: 30
Quality criterion – Name: Evidence of recent relevant experience/track record / Weighting: 20
Quality criterion – Name: Resource availability / Weighting: 10
Cost criterion – Name: Hourly rate / Weighting: 40
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

This period may be extended for a further year under the existing terms and conditions if agreed by both parties.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

If you are interested in this tender opportunity please create an account via the website link below:


You will then be issued with a password to download the tender documents. In order to be considered, your response should arrive no later than midnight on Tuesday 16.4.2019.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 8
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 16/04/2019
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 17/04/2019
Local time: 10:00

Diamond Light Source Ltd

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Members of the Diamond Procurement Team.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Diamond Light Source Ltd
OX11 0DE
United Kingdom
E-mail: procurement@diamond.ac.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Diamond Light Source will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No. 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: