Services - 64789-2019

11/02/2019    S29    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Manchester: Development services of real estate

2019/S 029-064789

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
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1612752160
NUTS code: UKD3

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
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

ID Manchester (North Campus)

Reference number: 2020/1516/IDManchester/DH/SR
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The University of Manchester intends to seek a joint venture partner to invest in and to deliver its circa 1 500 000 000 GBP (Gross Development Value) North Campus site. The vision is to create a dynamic, world-class community with innovation, collaboration and enterprise at its heart and this trailblazing innovation district (known as ID Manchester) is expected to transform central Manchester.

ID Manchester is a circa 26 acre (10,5 hectare) site on the South Eastern side of Manchester City Centre bordered by Whitworth Street to the North, London Road and Coburg Street to the East, Sackville Street to the West and the Mancunian Way to the South. The development opportunity is circa 16,4 acres (6,64 hectares) which is currently occupied by the University for teaching and research purposes. The site benefits from existing green space and the 620 000 square feet (57 599 square metres) Grade II Listed Sackville Street Building.

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)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKD3
Main site or place of performance:

The University of Manchester.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The University intends to carry out a procurement for a joint venture partner who has the scale and ambition to make ID Manchester a global and local success.

ID Manchester is adjacent to Manchester’s main public transport hub Piccadilly Station, which will be the arrival point for High Speed 2 (HS2). ID Manchester is another piece in the jigsaw of the major regeneration taking place in that area of the city including Mayfield, London Road Fire Station, Kampus, Circle Square and the 1 billion GBP investment already being made into the University’s main Oxford Road campus by the University of Manchester.

It is intended that a corporate joint venture will be formed between the University and the successful partner(s), which will take forward the development of ID Manchester as a mixed use community aligned to the vision of the University. The development will be required to attract science, research, development, cultural and technology companies, as well as accommodating new residential space, creating a destination in its own right. The site development and use will focus on specialities which combine the research and industrial strengths of the University and the city region with national economic priorities, such as, advanced materials, health innovation, artificial intelligence, digital technology and industrial biotechnology which are key areas for Manchester’s industrial strategy. It is anticipated it will create approximately 6 000 new jobs.

It is anticipated that the joint venture (or Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) wholly owned by the joint venture) will procure and carry out all infrastructure works, undertake direct development, secure occupiers and dispose of completed development parcels and/or sell serviced plots in accordance with its business plan.

The University will retain significant influence within the joint venture and will continue to hold the freehold of the site. It will actively lever its research and training activities to contribute to the success of ID Manchester.

ID Manchester has the benefit of planning guidance in the form of the adopted Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF), however, there may be scope to revisit the SRF to reflect recent market changes and to align with the University’s current vision. Any revision to the SRF would need to be brought forward in close collaboration with Manchester City Council.

On completion of its new engineering campus on Oxford Road the University plans to vacate the ID Manchester site. The University will continue to occupy accommodation at the South end of the site, where it has significant business-facing research activity, including the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and the recently opened 60 000 000 GBP Masdar Building, home to the Graphene Innovation Engineering Centre (GEIC), which delivers the potential commercialisation of Graphene and 2D materials by helping business partners to scale-up and apply the technology in a range of new and highly enhanced products.

ID Manchester is an unrivalled opportunity to curate and develop a unique site into a world class innovation district.

For further information on the ID Manchester site and vision please visit the website

II.2.14)Additional information
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:

We are issuing this notice as part of our pre-market engagement activity.

A questionnaire will be available from the ID Manchester website for you to complete and return to the University by 17:00 GMT on 12.4.2019. We are particularly interested in the views of developers/investors on our proposed vision, indicative delivery structure and nature of vehicle (develop and sell versus develop and hold) and the financial investment for ID Manchester.

In addition to the questionnaire, the University will be presenting the ID Manchester opportunity at MIPIM. Further details relating to MIPIM will be available from 7.2.2019 at

It is also intended that the University will hold presentations on the ID Manchester site during March and April 2019. The dates will be published on the ID Manchester website in the coming weeks.

The ID Manchester website ( will be regularly kept up to date with all publicly available information on the procurement opportunity.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: