The North West Development Agency has published the brief for the design and build of the 37,000 sq ft Building 3 at Daresbury Science Park.
The office and laboratory premises were originally due to be built by developer St Modwen until the company withdrew due to pressures brought about by the economic crisis.
The NWDA will now develop the three-storey scheme, costed at between £7m and £9m, alone. The agency said the building must be BREEAM 'excellent' and meet its own stringent policy for carbon footprint, water and waste.
"The external aesthetic quality of the office building, car parking and landscaped areas is particularly important," the brief stated.
Bidders should consider renewable energy sources with a view to reducing carbon emissions.
A shortlist of up to seven firms will be invited to tender detailed submissions in June.