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Procurement Notice Details
Mild steel [steel to fulfil the near future radiation shielding requirements of isis]
Purchaser: UK Shared Business Services Ltd
19/12/2015 S246 - - Supplies - Contract notice - Open procedure
United Kingdom-Harwell: Mild steel
Section I: Contracting authority
Name, addresses and contact point(s)
UK Shared Business Services Ltd
The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
For the attention of: Peter Clarke
OX11 0QX Harwell
Telephone: +44 1235446795
General address of the contracting authority: www.uksbs.co.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: Crown Commercial Service
Internet address: http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender
Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
Other: public procurement
Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes
Science and Technology Facilities Council
The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX Harwell Oxford
Section II: Object of the contract
Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
NUTS code UKJ14
Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
Information on framework agreement
Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
This tender is for the purchase of steel to fulfil the near future radiation shielding requirements of ISIS, the STFC spallation neutron source, based at The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford.
The requirement will be in the order of 1 500 to 3 000 tonnes of steel.
Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
This contract is divided into lots: no
Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
Quantity or scope of the contract
Total quantity or scope:
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) operate a major research facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire.
Within the site we operate, maintain and develop a spallation neutron source called ISIS to enable the scientific community to research the structure and interactions of materials to a sub-atomic level. There is an ongoing requirement to have in place radiological shielding in and around the scientific instruments and this predominantly takes the form of bulk steel placed around the instruments. This tender is for the purchase of steel to fulfil the near future requirements of ISIS. The requirement will be in the order of 1 500 to 3 000 tonnes of steel.
It is anticipated that suppliers will offer steel slabs produced using the continuous casting method without further finishing if tolerances are within acceptable limits.
About UK Shared Business Services
UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) brings a commercial attitude to the public sector; helping our customers improve efficiency, generate savings and modernise.
It is our vision to become the leading provider for our customers of shared business services in the UK public sector, continuously reducing cost and improving quality of business services for Government and the public sector.
Our broad range of expert services is shared by our customers. This allows our customers the freedom to focus resources on core activities; innovating and transforming their own organisations.
Core services include Procurement, Finance, Human Resources, Payroll, ISS, and Property Asset Management all underpinned by our Service Delivery and Contact Centre teams.
UK SBS is a people rather than task focused business. It's what makes us different to the traditional transactional shared services centre. What is more, being a not-for-profit organisation owned by its customers, UK SBS' goals are aligned with the public sector and delivering best value for the UK taxpayer.
If UK SBS is procuring the Contract or Framework as a central purchasing body for multiple Customers who are other contracting authorities. This means that other contracting authorities named in this OJEU Notice may use the Contract or Framework.
Detailed on the UK SBS Ltd website is a list of all organisations, institutes, centres and bodies (Authorised Entities) that may also use any appropriately advertised Contract let by UK Shared Business Services Ltd.
The full list is detailed below.
UK SBS Pan Government list is available at
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 000 000 and 2 000 000 GBP
Information about options
Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Starting 10.2.2016. Completion 31.3.2016
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Conditions relating to the contract
Deposits and guarantees required:
Participants will be advised if this is necessary during the procurement.
Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability may be required if considered appropriate.
Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Bids to be priced in £ GBP.
Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Any consortium, SPV, Partnership should ideally have a designated lead service provider, all members will have joint and several liability in respect of the obligations and liabilities to any contract or framework and any subsequent contracts awarded under the same.
Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The government has set out the need for greater transparency across its operations to enable the public to hold public bodies and politicians to account. This includes commitments relating to public expenditure, intended to help achieve better value for money.
Suppliers and those organisations looking to bid for public sector contracts should be aware that if they are awarded a new government contract, the resulting contract will be published. In some circumstances, limited redactions will be made to some contracts before they are published in order to comply with existing regulatory needs and law, plus the protection of national security.
Suppliers (including SPV's, Consortia and Partnerships) may be required to clearly demonstrate recent successful experience in similar projects and environments.
Conditions for participation
Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: All submissions will be assessed in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, for procurement values that exceed Regulation 5 (Threshold amounts).
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service's e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, participants shall first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.
If Bidders have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing’.
Please note that, to register, Bidders must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Note: registration may take some time please ensure that you allow a sufficient amount of time to register.
Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at
Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing email@example.com.
Your email must clearly state:
— The name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for;
— Your organisations full name as a registered supplier;
— The name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will process the email and then enable the Bidder to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite.
The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event.
Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information applicable to this opportunity.
For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Helpdesk (Not UK SBS Ltd ): Freephone: +44 3450103503.
Training support to respond to a requirement is available to bidders at
Responses must be received by the date in IV.3.4).
Responses received outside or concurrently using the eSourcing process will not be accepted or considered further for this opportunity.
Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: All submissions will be assessed in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, for procurement values that exceed Regulation 5 (Threshold amounts)
The sourcing documents can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1).
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
All submissions will be assessed in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, for procurement values that exceed Regulation 5 (Threshold amounts)
The sourcing documents can be accessed using the instructions detailed in III.2.1).
Information about reserved contracts
Conditions specific to services contracts
Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no
Section IV: Procedure
Type of procedure
Type of procedure
Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
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
Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 14.1.2016 - 14:00
Payable documents: yes
Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
22.1.2016 - 14:00
Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 22.1.2016 - 14:00
Electronically, via web based portal
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no
Section VI: Complementary information
Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the procurement; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by any Supplier.
If the Contracting Authority decides to enter into a Contract with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded.
Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of Bidders.
UK Shared Business Services Ltd are able to accept unstructured electronic invoicing.
UK Shared Business Services Ltd will be utilising electronic payment.
Procedures for appeal
Body responsible for appeal procedures
Lodging of appeals
Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
UK Shared Business Services Ltd
North Star House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1FF Swindon
Internet address: www.uksbs.co.uk
Date of dispatch of this notice:
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