Overview: Nottingham City Council (NCC) is seeking a partner to develop Nottingham Energy Park (NEP) as a flagship location for low carbon sustainable development comprising high quality commercial buildings benefiting from connections to a co-located energy source also provided as part of the development. NCC is seeking a joint venture partner who will finance, develop and market the commercial space and provide a solution or solutions to the energy requirement. For the latter NCC requires the partner to provide the technological solution(s) required, construct and operate the facility and secure the fuel source. Should the energy source involve the treatment of waste materials then this must be done in accordance with NCC Energy Strategy, NCC Waste Strategy and NCC Planning Policies. The site located at Blenheim Lane, Bulwell, Nottingham (the site) is identified in the Nottingham Local Plan (adopted November 2005). Details of the Nottingham Local Plan can be viewed at http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=650The
Nottingham Local Plan is the Statutory Local Plan for the City of Nottingham and provides the basis for decisions related to land use planning. The 6.9ha site is seen as key to the future development of employment activities in the City and wider conurbation. NCC has prepared, consulted upon and adopted an Informal Planning Guidance (IPG) document which (in concept) allocates up to 2ha for an “energy centre” providing energy to business units located on the remainder of the site. A copy of the IPG can be viewed at: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=33236&p=0NCC
’s objectives for this project include, predominantly, increasing the number and depth of employment opportunities in Nottingham. Accordingly, solutions should ensure at least the minimum area of site allocated for employment purposes is achieved. This project is also intended to help maintain and enhance the competitive advantage for Nottingham in terms of high value employment. NCC envisages NEP appealing to the emerging market for highly sustainable business accommodation commensurate with the strengthening international private sector Corporate Social Responsibility agenda and/or high energy consuming industrial processes eager to source competitively priced, site generated supplies. NCC is keen to ensure that development takes place in a timely fashion. Accordingly it will allocate appropriate resource to the JV partnership to assist steering the project through the regulatory processes and onto completion in accordance with the timescales agreed as part of the planning consent – see Development Agreement section of the IPG. The site comprises previously undeveloped land allocated for employment use in the Adopted Nottingham Local Plan. Land for approximately 40 ha of employment use and 800 homes are additionally located close to the site. Further information about the site is available through the links shown in this Notice or may be obtained from Ian Vernalls (contact details are outlined in Section I). Purpose of the PIN: This requirement is placed as a Prior Information Notice. It has been issued to communicate NCC’s key requirements and aspirations and invite potential interested parties to suggest innovative solutions to assist in the development of an effective delivery vehicle. NCC wishes not only to explore the scope to provide the best possible solution for the development of NEP, but also to make potential partners aware of this opportunity and the site’s future potential. Subject to responses, NCC anticipates initiating procurement using competitive dialogue procedures with the release of a pre qualification questionnaire during Spring 2012. NCC wishes to structure the competitive dialogue as an accelerated form to reduce cost and to make participation more attractive to SMEs. Content of and Timeline for, Expressions of Interest.Interested parties should submit an Expression of Interest to NCC including an outline, in no more than 2 500 (two thousand five hundred) words, as to how they could contribute to the delivery of the key requirements and aspirations of NCC together with briefly specifying any innovative solutions thereto. Expressions of Interest should be submitted to the key contact by 5pm Friday 24.2.2012.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 150 000 000,00 GBP
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