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Appointment of an operator for the Forthriver Innovation Centre, Belfast.

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Belfast City Council
21 Linenhall Street
Contact point(s): Corporate Procurement Services
BT2 8AB Belfast

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Appointment of an operator for the Forthriver Innovation Centre, Belfast.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
Innovation Centre, Forthriver, Belfast.

NUTS code UKN01

II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Belfast City Council is building an innovation centre at Forthriver Business Park on the Springfield Road in west Belfast. Construction began in May 2015 and is expected to take around 12 months to complete, with the centre opening for business in 2016.
Innovative business start-up and accelerated business growth through innovation, research and development is key to developing a long-term, sustainable economy. The new centre forms part of the Council's Investment Programme pledge to support regeneration by investing in infrastructure which will make it easier for businesses to start up and grow. This, in turn, will create wealth and employment opportunities for local residents.
The Forthriver Innovation Centre will include high-quality business space; excellent telecoms infrastructure; meeting rooms and shared space where businesses can come together; collaborate; innovate and develop new products, processes and business ideas.
The centre will be around 55 000 sq ft in size and built over four floors. At full occupancy the building could employ up to 382 people and boast an area of 35 000 sq ft of lettable innovation space.
It is anticipated that it will be a centre for starting up and growing businesses, as well as for those seeking additional space. The centre will target companies that currently are, or have the potential to:
1) Expanding their operations and;
2) Engaging in innovation (either in terms of process or product development).
The Innovation Centre is being built at Forthriver Business Park just off the Springfield Road, 3 km north-west of Belfast city centre. The site is close to Belfast Metropolitan College's E3 campus, which provides and additional opportunity to complement our investment. It will also be serviced by the planned Rapid Transport System for Belfast.
The Council's aim is for the Innovation Centre to act as a catalyst for the development of the wider 12 acre InvestNI Forthriver Business Park and create additional employment prospects for the area. A package of business support will be made available to businesses and service users at the Innovation Centre to accelerate the rate of growth. As well as supporting existing firms, the centre will help fledgling businesses to engage in innovation and collaboration with like-minded entrepreneurs and access support onsite to foster their growth ambitions. The Centre will complement the E3 campus activities and act as a space for entrepreneurial ideas to be generated.
The Council now intends to conduct a short preliminary market consultation prior to commencing a public procurement process for the appointment of an experienced operator to manage the Innovation Centre and to deliver the key objectives of the project, including business support and innovation services and full facilities management services for the centre. Community relationship management, outreach and development are also considered to be fundamental to the success of the centre.
The Council will be hosting preliminary market consultation meetings with interested parties in the weeks commencing 15th or 22nd June. Parties interested in participating in bidding for the operator contract who wish to participate in the preliminary market consultation meetings should contact Economic Development at +44 28 9027 0482 to arrange a suitable time and date.


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 79400000, 55250000, 79342000, 79996000, 98341000, 79420000, 79993000, 98341100, 79340000, 79410000, 79993100, 98340000, 98342000, 79342200, 79998000, 79990000, 79900000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
The Council is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from experienced and interested operators; main financing conditions and payment arrangements are anticipated as forming part of the competitive dialogue process.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): European Regional Development Fund under the sustainable competitiveness programme for Northern Ireland.
VI.2)Additional information:

Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): and click the link to register - Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘I agree' - Enter your correct business and user details - Note the username you chose and click ‘Save' when complete - You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure). 2. Express an Interest in the tender - Login to the portal with the username/password - Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers' link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) - Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. - Click the ‘Express Interest' button at the top of the page. - This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs' page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) - You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments' in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details' box 3. Responding to the tender - Click ‘My Response' under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details', you can choose to ‘Create Response' or to ‘Decline to Respond' (please give a reason if declining) - You can now use the ‘Messages' function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification - Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT - There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response' button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: