Services - 298087-2020

25/06/2020    S121

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Development services of real estate

2020/S 121-298087

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: Scottish Enterprise, on behalf of the Edinburgh BioQuarter Partners
Postal address: Nine, Little France Road
Town: Edinburgh
Postal code: EH16 4UX
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Adam Cunningham
Telephone: +44 1413437925
Internet address(es):
Main address:
I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Other type: A collaboration between City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and University of Edinburgh
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: A collaboration between City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and University of Edinburgh

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Edinburgh BioQuarter Innovation District Joint Venture

Reference number: P21-0002
II.1.2)Main CPV code
70110000 Development services of real estate
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Edinburgh BioQuarter is currently a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and University of Edinburgh; together the Edinburgh BioQuarter Partners. Over the past 2 decades, the 167-acre site, located 3 miles south of Edinburgh City Centre, has been developed extensively with over GBP 500 million of capital for buildings, infrastructure and specialist equipment. Today it is home to the globally renowned Edinburgh Medical School, many of the University of Edinburgh’s world-leading research institutes, 900-bed Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and 13 life science business. It is a melting pot of specialist activities with an onsite community of 8 000 who work and study within its boundary.

The proposal is to undertake an OJEU procurement exercise to select an investment and development partner with the financial means and experience to accelerate delivery of the vision.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 500 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
70110000 Development services of real estate
70000000 Real estate services
70100000 Real estate services with own property
70111000 Development of residential real estate
70112000 Development of non-residential real estate
70121000 Building sale or purchase services
70122000 Land sale or purchase services
66122000 Corporate finance and venture capital services
79411100 Business development consultancy services
79993000 Building and facilities management services
79900000 Miscellaneous business and business-related services
45000000 Construction work
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Edinburgh BioQuarter Partners intend to seek a private sector partner with whom to establish a joint venture development vehicle to accelerate the future development of Edinburgh BioQuarter. The joint venture development vehicle is to be called EBQ5.

The BioQuarter Partners are publishing this Prior Information Notice (PIN) in order to notify the market of the potential opportunity and for information gathering purposes. The publication of this PIN forms part of their open market testing exercise.

The BioQuarter Partners are currently developing their requirements and are looking to hold market testing discussions with interested potential bidders/responders in due course. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the BioQuarter Partners intend to carry out engagement with interested potential bidders/responders via a virtual bidders day and a questionnaire, the results of which will help inform the final procurement strategy. The BioQuarter Partners reserve the right to carry out further engagement with interested parties via virtual conference facilities following receipt of completed questionnaire responses in order to enhance understanding and explore responses further. During the PIN process, interested parties may submit questions via the secure Q&A facility on Public Contracts Scotland.

Further detail on the background, current assumptions and procurement process is included within the PIN Fact Sheet and Investor Brochure. Interested parties can access the PIN Fact Sheet, Investor brochure and questionnaire from the PCS portal. Additional information on the BioQuarter can be found

A virtual bidders day will be held 9.30 a.m. Tuesday, 1 September 2020. In order to register your interest for the bidders day, interested parties should register via

In order to respond to the questionnaire, interested parties should complete the questionnaire attached and submit by email to by 11.00 on Friday, 11 September 2020.

If you are likely to be interested in this opportunity please see Sections II.2.14) and VI.3) for additional information.

II.2.14)Additional information

The Edinburgh Bioquarter Partners are a collaboration between City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and University of Edinburgh.

Interested parties should note the GBP 500 million figure is Gross Development Value (GDV) for Zone 1.

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:

Freedom of Information (FOISA) — Under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), the BioQuarter Partners may need to disclose and/or publish any information you send. If you are of the opinion that any of the information included in your response is considered commercially sensitive or confidential, please identify it and explain (in broad terms) what harm might result from disclosure and/or publication. Potential bidders/responders should be aware that, even where you have indicated that information is commercially sensitive or confidential, we may be required to disclose and/or publish it.

Disclaimer — this PIN is not a call for competition.

Dates and other information contained within this notice and associated attachments are communicated as being indicative only and may be subject to change. For the avoidance of doubt, the estimated date of publication of the contract notice is subject to change depending on the outcome of this PIN, pre-market engagement exercise and the progression of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Neither the contracting authority nor the other BioQuarter Partners will be liable for any costs incurred by those responding to this PIN or expressing an interest in, submitting a response, or subsequently tendering for any future opportunity. Compliance with all relevant legislation is required during the procurement process and the terms of any resulting contractual agreement which will be subject to the law of Scotland.

Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at

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VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: