Design, Build and Operate a Bio Business Park

Design, Build and Operate a Bio Business Park

The role of the delivery partner will be to design and build the facility and to subsequently work with the BDC to operate the facility over an economic lifetime expected to extend up to 25 years.

United Kingdom-York: Non-residential property services

2020/S 103-249504

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: University of York
Postal address: Heslington
Town: York
NUTS code: UKE21 York
Postal code: YO10 5DD
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Procurement Office
Telephone: +44 1904328201
Internet address(es):Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:

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


Design, Build and Operate a Bio Business Park

Reference number: UY/PROC/701

II.1.2)Main CPV code

70332000 Non-residential property services

II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC —, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of York, is seeking a delivery partner to design, build and jointly operate a facility to support bio-based small and medium sized enterprises to innovate and grow. The facility will provide accommodation, access to technical facilities as well as one to one innovation advice and support to in excess of 20 businesses over the initial 3-year period of the project. Innovation advice and support and access to technical equipment and facilities will be provided by the BDC — for this reason, the facility will need to be located close to the main BDC premises east of York. The project will be part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF –

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

45210000 Building construction work

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKE21 York

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The role of the delivery partner will be to design and build the facility and to subsequently work with the BDC to operate the facility over an economic lifetime expected to extend up to 25 years. The successful bidder/delivery partner will be required to meet certain ERDF terms and conditions (e.g. in relation to financial expenditure and audit requirements) as set out in the terms of the funding agreement to be concluded between the BDC and the managing authority for ERDF in England — the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The BDC would expect all interested parties to meet the following basic criteria:

• Immediate access to land capable of accommodating the initial development as well as the potential for future expansion — site must be free from contaminants, redundant infrastructure, etc, or immediate access to a suitable existing building that could be re-purposed for this requirement.

• Ownership of, or an exclusive lease option on, the proposed site.

• Ability to contribute GBP 2 million cash to the project to be used as eligible match funding against the proposed ERDF funding application.

• An established track record in the operation and ongoing maintenance of a business/science park environment.

• Willingness to develop a scheme of works capable of meeting BREEAM ‘Very Good’ to ‘Excellent’ standard at risk in order to meet ERDF application criteria.

Timescales will be driven by the ERDF application process and it is expected that the application, to be submitted by the end of July 2020, will include a nominated delivery partner and designs to at least RIBA Stage 1, with designs developed to RIBA Stage 3 post application but prior to award of funding. Construction is expected to be completed by mid to late 2022.

At this stage, the BDC wishes to explore the market to establish the level of capability and interest in this opportunity. Accordingly, the BDC invites suitable development partners to provide an outline summary of their interest, their capabilities and their initial thoughts on feasibility of the requirement and potential solutions. The outline summary can be in any format but no more than 6 pages and must be submitted via the University of York eTendering portal by 12.00 on 26 June 2020.

II.2.14)Additional information

A further summary of the requirement can be downloaded from All correspondence regarding the requirement must be submitting via

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:

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: