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The UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) is a consortium of 14 universities which have secured 138 000 000 GBP capital funding from EPSRC for infrastructure research. Bristol's unique world leading experience and ...

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
University of Bristol
1-9 Old Park Hill
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 01179289000
NUTS code: UKK11

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

SoFSI Shaking Table.

Reference number: ECG0817-RL-002
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) is a consortium of 14 universities which have secured 138 000 000 GBP capital funding from EPSRC for infrastructure research. Bristol's unique world leading experience and expertise in control and actuation technologies, developed in Bristol's BLADE laboratories, saw it secure 9 600 000 GBP EPSRC funding to establish the UKCRIC National Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction (SoFSI) Facility.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 9 600 000.00 GBP
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: UKK11
NUTS code: UKK12
Main site or place of performance:

TBC - Bristol / South Gloucestershire area.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The SoFSI facility will address the clear research need to conduct well-controlled experiments on prototype, or near-prototype, scale dynamic testing of SoFSI specimens. The facility will comprise of a strong floor, reaction wall(s), a large soil pit/column, a versatile portfolio of actuator, control and instrumentation systems, and a rectangular, large capacity, single or bi-axial, potentially modular shaking table, which can accommodate a state of the art laminar soil box.

The SofSI facility will fill key gaps in understanding of the fundamental mechanics of these systems, which cannot be resolved using conventional, smaller scale, laboratory tests or prototype observations. This will provide greater insights into how our structures and infrastructure actually behave, which will ensure that they can be better designed and managed.

The University would like to invite interested providers to a Market Engagement session to give you a greater understating of our needs and help us to better understand the current market prior to progressing the design and specification of the SoFSI facility. This session will involve giving a short presentation to key stakeholders from the University and their advisers. Sessions will be held in September 2017 and sessions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For further information and to book your place on one of the sessions, please contact Nicci Coughlan (email: tel: 0117 331 8187).

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

This notice is to advertise the University's intention to undertake soft market testing related to the new SoFSI facility. This notice is not a call for competition to procure any services, supplies or works for the University. The University is not obliged to follow up the soft market testing in any way or with any interested parties and it is not liable for any costs or expenses incurred by any party. Following the soft market testing, the University may terminate the process and conclude the procurement by other means. Interested parties will not be prejudiced by any response or failure to respond to the market testing. A response to the market testing does not guarantee any invitation to participate in this soft market testing exercise or any future public procurement process. Any procurement of any contract by the University will be carried out in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: