Published date: 2 March 2021

Last edited date: 23 March 2021

This notice was replaced on 7 May 2021

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Contract summary


  • Construction work - 45000000

  • Gas distribution and related services - 65200000

Location of contract

North West

Value of contract

£250,000 to £300,000

Procurement reference


Published date

2 March 2021

Approach to market date

7 May 2021

Contract start date

9 July 2021

Contract end date

24 September 2021

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

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

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

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The Spine Service Duct at Lancaster University was originally constructed in the mid 1960's and contains multiple services to facilitate interconnecting buildings. The Main Duct is approximately 1 kilometre long, and is sub divided into two equal halves, North & South. The Duct is also a designated confined space. The Main Duct interlocks with approximately 20 No. sub ducts, each sub duct forms a service entry into the associated buildings. The Duct system equates to approximately 2100 metres in total. The University commissioned a DSEAR risk assessment, and subsequently the Natural Gas Infrastructure is undergoing a replacement/upgrade programme.
This Phase 2 project involves the replacement of RAG rated aging gas infrastructure with stainless steel gas pipework and fittings, located within the sub ducts. The majority of the works is located in a designated confined space, and as such the contractor will have to be fully aware of the restrictions and constraints that this will put upon the project.

The University is adopting a phased approach ensuring the Spine Duct and sub ducts continue to be compliant with legislation. Further work packages will be developed for future phases.

The location of the site is Bailrigg Campus, Lancaster, LA1 4YW.

All procurement documents will be available free of charge via the University's e-tendering portal: In-Tend
Interested companies are encouraged to register on the In-Tend system in advance so they are alerted to the release of the documents without delay.

In-Tend Support:
Phone: 0845 557 8079
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The University is not inviting any formal expressions of interest at this stage. Please await the release of the procurement documentation on 7th May 2021

More information

Spend profile

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Financial year Budget
2021/2022 £250,000

About the buyer

Contact name

Margaret Haynes


University House