Published date: 4 April 2019

Last edited date: 4 April 2019

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 2 May 2019

Contract summary


  • Machine tools - 42600000

  • Special-purpose machine tools - 42611000

  • Lathes, boring and milling machine tools - 42620000

    • Milling machines - 42623000

    • Machine tools for drilling, boring or milling metal - 42637000

    • Machine tools for milling metal - 42637300

    • Miscellaneous general and special-purpose machinery - 42900000

    • Miscellaneous special-purpose machinery - 42990000

    • Research laboratory services - 73111000

Location of contract

BS16 1QY

Value of contract

£150,000 to £200,000

Procurement reference


Published date

4 April 2019

Closing date

2 May 2019

Contract start date

19 September 2019

Contract end date

18 September 2021

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

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Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) wish to add a CNC machining capacity to the BRL facilities for the rapid production of one-off machined parts. The research and teaching within the laboratory require both large (over 500mm on largest dimension) structural parts, and small (under 100mm) precision 5-axis parts with small feature sizes (circa 0.3mm diameter tooling). The machine would be expected to machine materials such as Medical Grade Stainless Steel, Aluminium Alloys, Brass, Perspex, Acetal, Nylon, PTFE.

It is vitally important that the tendered machine should require the minimum of setup for each job, as the work of the lab rarely will require more than one of each part, therefore the setup time (clamping setup, datum setup, tool setup, file processing etc) should be minimised and automated as far as possible. On this basis an integrated probing system, tool changer, tool sensor and software integration are required. We will also supply a number of part files (3 and 5 Axis) for which if possible we would like a broken down time scale for producing from a bare machine, including machine setup time, tool setup time, part/post processing (to generate code), datum setting and machining time to produce. (See Appendix B and attached files).

More information


Additional text

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Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No

About the buyer

Contact name

Rosie Hale


Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1QY
United Kingdom


0117 3286686


Closing: 2 May 2019