Awarded contract

e-PCR Machines and Reagents

  • Department of Health and Social Care

F03: Contract award notice

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-001179

Published 20 January 2021, 4:00pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Department of Health and Social Care

39 Victoria Street





United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKI32 - Westminster

Internet address(es)

Main address

Buyer's address

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority

one.5) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

e-PCR Machines and Reagents

two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 38434540 - Biomedical equipment

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

Nexar platforms and associated consumables to determine the presence or absence of SARS CoV-2 via End Point-PCR from saliva samples. Includes maintenance, support and training associated with the Goods.

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)

Value excluding VAT: £117,928,510

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 38434500 - Biochemical analysers
  • 33696500 - Laboratory reagents

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

Nexar platforms and associated consumables to determine the presence or absence of SARS CoV-2 via End Point-PCR from saliva samples. Includes maintenance, support and training associated with the Goods.

two.2.5) Award criteria


two.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

two.2.13) Information about European Union Funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedure

Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the cases listed below

  • The services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:
    • absence of competition for technical reasons


Following an earlier contract award to LGC on 23 August 2020 for an initial purchase of Nexar platforms, the machines have now successfully passed the required testing and validations.Since the August contract award, there is a requirement for further Nexar platforms (and associated consumables) to be deployed into Mega Labs that are being established to meet national COVID-19 testing targets. DHSC considers that the required deliverables can be supplied only by LGC because the competition is absent for technical reasons, no reasonable alternative or substitute exists and the absence of competition is not the result of an artificial narrowing down of the parameters of the procurement.In particular, DHSC considers that there are no other suppliers in the market who are able to offer equipment (which is only available as part of a package including associated consumables) with the potential to achieve the ultra-high levels of testing offered by LGC's Nexar instruments.DHSC has therefore proceeded with the award of the contract to LGC for the supply further Nexar machines and associated consumables using the negotiated procedure without prior publication, pursuant to Regulation 32(2)(b)(ii) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 for the purpose of enabling a step-change in COVID-19 testing capacity at the UK Biocentre in Milton Keynes and the upcoming Mega Labs. Within the contract there is an option for additional Nexar platforms, and optional consumables to be called-off as required by DHSC.

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

Section five. Award of contract

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

five.2) Award of contract

five.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract

22 December 2020

five.2.2) Information about tenders

Number of tenders received: 1

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

five.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

LGC Genomics Ltd

Queens Road, Teddington,


TW11 0LY


United Kingdom

NUTS code
National registration number


The contractor is an SME


five.2.4) Information on value of contract/lot (excluding VAT)

Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: £117,928,510

Total value of the contract/lot: £117,928,510

Section six. Complementary information

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

The High Court





United Kingdom

Internet address