Procurement process begun to help deliver new, city quarter

THE procurement process has begun, to help deliver a new city quarter, in the south-east of Edinburgh, that has a strong health research and practice focus to it.

Edinburgh BioQuarter has issued what is called a Prior Information Notice (PIN), in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), “signalling its intention to launch a procurement process to deliver a world-leading Health Innovation District for Edinburgh”.

Says a media release announcing the move, a ‘virtual bidders day’ for interested parties to learn more is planned for 1 September 2020.

BioQuarter is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, one of the top 20 universities in the world, Scotland’s second largest health board, NHS Lothian, The City of Edinburgh Council and regional development agency Scottish Enterprise. 

Adds the release: “The 167-acre site lies just three miles south of Edinburgh city centre and currently 8,000 people work and study within its boundary. Today, it comprises many award-winning life sciences businesses based at NINE, its innovation centre, the globally-renowned Edinburgh Medical School, many of the University of Edinburgh’s world-leading research institutes and the 900-bed Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

“The vision is a £1 billion transformation to create Edinburgh’s Health Innovation District, a new and vibrant mixed-use neighbourhood, ultimately supporting a community of more than 20,000 people.  

“It will include commercial labs and offices as well as residential housing, cafes, bars, restaurants, hotel, retail and leisure. A fly-through video of the proposed development has been released to coincide with the launch of the PIN.”

The release claims that, over the last two decades, Edinburgh BioQuarter has “played a pivotal role in Scotland’s successes in the life sciences sector, which has a turnover in excess of £6.5bn and employs over 41,000 people”.

A Prior Information Notice is a notice published in the OJEU which sets out a contracting authority’s purchasing intentions. It does not oblige the contracting authority to proceed with a procurement process, but informs the market that they should expect a procurement to be commenced within the next 12 months.

Only last week, Edinburgh BioQuarter issued an online consultation, inviting the general public to submit views about the proposed development.

Image provided by Edinburgh BioQuarter

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