Developer wanted to build £35m science park

Grant Prior 10 years ago
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The race has officially begun to find a development partner for new hi-tech buildings worth £35m at the Birmingham Science Park Aston.

Owner Birmingham City Council has issued an OJEU tender notice for a developer to oversee construction of a “Digital Plaza” at the site

The site is next to the Park’s flagship Faraday Wharf building and will contain four buildings with a floor area of 100,000 sq ft.

The winning developer will undertake funding/investment; design and development; construction; facility operation and management for the Digital Plaza.

Construction work could commence speculatively on the first iCentrumTM building – which is expected to be circa 40,000 sq ft – as early as September 2012.

Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Birmingham Science Park Aston said: “It is vital that we push forward with our plans to develop the Park to meet the needs, aspirations and work patterns of the city’s growing number of highly talented and innovative tech entrepreneurs.

“The UK digital games sector is worth over £3.8 billion, which is bigger than our film or music industries. 25 per cent of digital gaming jobs are in the West Midlands and the Digital Plaza will act as a magnet for hundreds of new jobs for local people to be created in this dynamic industry.

“We are seeking a joint venture partner to help us to create a statement facility that will define Birmingham’s knowledge economy.”

Interested bidders have until Friday 23rd December to submit their proposals.

To receive the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire documents email DigitalPlazaOJEU@bsp-a.com

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