Lancaster University has started the formal search for a contractor to build the 80,000 sq ft first building on its health innovation science park at the Bailrigg campus.
The building will be located on a previously undeveloped green field plot to the north of the existing campus.
The single stage procurement process seeks a design-and-build contractor to deliver the “innovation hub” to designs by John McAslan & Partners. CBRE is advising on planning.
The development is intended to provide “a ‘platform’ for open innovation, drawing together innovators, academics, health and care providers, businesses and members of the public to co-create and co-evaluate innovations designed to improve health and healthcare.” The faculty of health and medicine will relocate to the new building.
The estimated budget for construction is £25m to £30m.
The contract is expected to be awarded by July 2017. Work must begin on site by 25 September, the university said.
A funding application has been made to the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership and the European Regional Development Fund. The project will only begin if the bids are successful.
A site visit and presentation to contractors interested in bidding is scheduled for the morning of 7 April. For full details please refer to the procurement documents available at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/lancaster/
The building is due to open in 2019.