Tender for Supply of High Pressure Autoclave Units

Tender for Supply of High Pressure Autoclave Units

TWI has a requirement for two high-pressure high-temperature autoclaves and pressurisation system for the purpose of conducting corrosion and cracking testing of metallic and polymer specimens.

United Kingdom-Cambridge: Autoclaves

2014/S 091-158886

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Brunel University
C/o TWI Ltd, Granta Park, Geat Abington
Contact point(s): https://in-tendhost.co.uk/twi
CB21 6AL Cambridge
E-mail: purchasing@twi.co.uk

Internet address(es):

Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/twi

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


I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

High Pressure Autoclave Units.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance


NUTS code UKH12

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)

TWI has a requirement for two high-pressure high-temperature autoclaves and pressurisation system for the purpose of conducting corrosion and cracking testing of metallic and polymer specimens.
The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is a new industrially led, joint initiative between TWI, lead academic partner Brunel University, alongside the University of Manchester, the University of Cambridge and a number of leading industrial partners.
The initiative is funded by industry and by grants from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Funding for equipment for NSIRC is being provided by HEFCE and is available in the period up to 31.3.2015 to assist in establishing a new facility at the TWI site in Abington, Cambridge and to purchase equipment to be used in the centre. All equipment must be accepted on the Abington site by the end of February 2015 at the latest.
The equipment will be purchased by Brunel University but the procurement process is being undertaken by TWI on Brunel Universitys behalf.
All correspondence regarding this tender procedure should be made through the TWI Ltd In-Tend system via the correspondence functionality.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no


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:

II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

If the financial information of the Brunel University Vendor Questionnaire is not sufficiently met then a deposit and/or guarantee may be required.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Joint and Several Liability.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Brunel University Standard Conditions of Purchase apply.
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
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
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:


IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract


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: 11.6.2014 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

25.6.2014 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up


IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

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

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 25.6.2014 – 14:00


Brunel University.


Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Senior Officers of the University.

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

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Brunel University will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period starting from the date when the award decision notification is dispatched to bidders. This period allows unsuccessful bidders to seek further de-brief from Brunel University before the contract is entered into. Applicants have until midnight of the second working day of the standstill period for their additional debriefing requests to reach Brunel University. A response to such a request must be provided to the bidder by a minimum 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, Regulations 47 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed, or are at risk of harm as a consequence of a breach of the procurement rules to bring an action in the High Court. Any such action must be brought promptly and in any event within 3 months of the date when the grounds of complaint first arose.
Where a contract has not been entered into, the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into, the court may only award damages. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow parties to apply to the court to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: