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United Kingdom-Chichester: Building construction work
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
West Sussex County Council Horsham Enterprise Park — Development Partner Procurement
West Sussex County Council (‘the Council’) is seeking a development agreement partner to invest in and deliver development, construction, sale of homes, and commercial buildings to final occupation on the 7.5 ha former Novartis Pharmaceuticals site in Horsham. The project will deliver up to 300 new homes for the community, in a range of sizes, types and tenures, including provision of affordable housing. The proposed structure of the transaction is a contractual joint venture, allowing the partner to deliver the initial phase of residential development immediately and draw down commercial phases either speculatively or when suitable occupiers are secured. The Council will receive land receipts for commercial units and land payments and overage in respect of the residential units. The Council has an option to acquire one or more of the commercial units. Further details in the procurement documentation on the portal.
Horsham Enterprise Park.
The key objectives of the partnership will be to create and improve job opportunities, housing availability, local infrastructure and the local economy. The Council will procure and manage the initial site enabling works and infrastructure upgrades. Four buildings have been retained from the original site. These include two gate house buildings and a 1930s Art Deco style building and its extensions (buildings 3 and 36) that were used for offices. The central structure is locally listed, and it is assumed it will be retained. In 2020 the Council secured outline planning permission for the redevelopment of the site for up to 300 dwellings (C3) including the conversion of buildings 3 and 36 and up to 25 000 sq.m of employment space (B1), together with the provision of 618 sq.m of flexible commercial/community space (A1, A2, A3 and D1 Crèche) within the ground floor of converted building 36. Please refer to the procurement document suite, Savills’ marketing brochure and the project dataroom for further details.
The estimated values in II.1.5) and II.2.6) represent the potential commercial value of the development. However, potential returns will depend on many commercial factors including (but not limited to) the performance of the developer and market conditions. Bidders should seek independent legal and commercial advice in relation to the potential value of the opportunity and the scheme as a whole.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
The partner may be required to actively participate in the achievement of social and/or environmental policy objectives relating to recruitment and training and supply-chain initiatives. Accordingly contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 (CCR 2016) applies to the competition. The Council intends to follow a process similar to the competitive dialogue procedure described in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended) (PCR 2015). However, it reserves the right to deviate from the formalities of the PCR 2015 in conducting the competition due to the flexibilities permitted by the CCR 2016. Award criteria and further procurement documents will be provided at the commencement of the competitive dialogue stages to bidders that are shortlisted to participate. Expressions of interest: applications must be by way of completion and return of the selection questionnaire (SQ) (in accordance with the requirements set out in the SQ). The Council reserves the right not to award the opportunity or to award only part (or a different arrangement) of the opportunity described in this concession notice. The Council may be releasing the draft Invitation to submit outline solutions before the SQ return deadline stated in IV.2.2). Bidders should continue to monitor the procurement portal so that they are aware if any procurement documentation is released.
In accordance with Regulation 47 (Notice of decision to award a concession contract); Regulation 48 (Standstill Period) and Regulation 52 to 63 of the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 (CCR 2016). Following any decision to award the concession contract, the contracting authority will providing debriefing information to unsuccessful bidders (in accordance with Regulation 47 CCR 2016) and observe a minimum 10 day standstill period (in accordance with Regulation 48 CCR 2016) before the concession contract is entered into.