Development Partner for Phase 1 (with potential of future phases) of Granton Waterfront, Edinburgh

A Tender Notice

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Contract (Works)
4 year
13 Dec 2021
06 Jun 2022 to 01 Aug 2026
17 Jan 2022 12:00



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Located just three miles north of Edinburgh’s city centre, Granton Waterfront has outstanding views across the Firth of Forth and sits in a ‘necklace’ of coastal communities from Cramond in the West to Portobello in the East. Over the next 10 – 15 years, this area will be transformed from former industrial land into a new coastal town for Scotland. The Council plan to deliver, through phased development: - around 3,500 new net zero carbon homes; with approximately 50% of these available for private development opportunities; - business start-up space and commercial opportunities; - creative arts, cultural and leisure spaces; - key services including a school and health centre; - Europe’s largest coastal park; and - low carbon energy solution(s). The Council’s phasing strategy, commencing with Phase 1, opens with the ‘Heart of Granton’ and embarks the Council and its future Development Partners on a journey of regeneration, with green credentials at the forefront of its objectives. This high-profile regeneration site offers a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to work with the Council to create a new sustainable coastal town within Edinburgh’s Waterfront. This unique opportunity to work with the Council initially over an 18-month period as part of a two stage Pre-Development contract has been devised as part of the Council’s procurement strategy to reduce the burden of tendering as much as possible on Candidates and to encourage collaboration, innovation, risk apportionment, and partnership between the Council and the Development Partner.

Total Quantity or Scope

The City of Edinburgh Council is seeking a Development Partner to take forward the development of Phase 1 of the Granton Waterfront Development. Fountainbridge in Edinburgh in line with the Council's vision. The Development Partner will be required to: - Deliver a private housing development of approximately 440 homes; - Deliver around 200 Council homes of mixed tenure to the Council’s design guidance within timescales approved during the pre-development period; - Deliver around 2000 sqm of ground-floor private sector commercial space and 1000 sqm of public sector commercial space with active frontages at appropriate ground floor locations throughout; - Create opportunities for Registered and Social Landlord partners to deliver around 145 homes; - Deliver high quality public realm of adoptable standard throughout the site and sustainable transport infrastructure; - Delivery of the low carbon energy solution identified by the Council following the outcome of an ongoing options appraisal and Final Business Case; and - Maintain and enhance community engagement and support consultation. The residential development must comply with the principle of tenure blind development. The Development Partner will be required to pay a minimum price to the Council for the private residential and commercial space development opportunities based on the provision of serviced plots. Serviced plots will have been remediated, with access to the plot laid and available utilities laid to the boundary. The minimum accepted capital receipt amount is GBP10,000,000. The Invitation to Tender may contain a provision for tenderers to provide an increase to this amount, which would form part of the cost analysis. The Development Partner will be free to develop the serviced plots to its own specification, subject to the fixed elements set out above. The profits from this development will be retained by the Development Partner, although an overage agreement may be put in place covering exceptional profits. Further information on the scope of this procurement can be found in the SPD Instruction Document attached to this Contract Notice.

Renewal Options

It should be noted that the procurement process is being undertaken for Phase 1 of the Development, however, the Council reserves the right to extend the Development Agreement to future phases (subject to satisfactory performance of the Development Partner) at its sole discretion. This may include pre-development services or development of future phases and will be discussed with the successful bidder only on completion of the Phase 1 – Pre-Development Services. For the purposes of this Procurement Procedure, the selection and award criteria will be evaluated against the requirements for Phase 1 only. Full information on the future phases is contained within the Outline Business Case.

Award Criteria

Quality 70
Cost 30

CPV Codes

  • 45211360 - Urban development construction work
  • 45210000 - Building construction work
  • 45111291 - Site-development work
  • 70110000 - Development services of real estate
  • 71220000 - Architectural design services
  • 71320000 - Engineering design services
  • 45000000 - Construction work
  • 45211000 - Construction work for multi-dwelling buildings and individual houses
  • 45200000 - Works for complete or part construction and civil engineering work


  • Variant bids may be considered.
  • This is a one-off contract (no recurrence)
  • Options are available.
  • Renewals are not available.
  • Professional qualifications are sought.
  • Staff qualifications are relevant.

Other Information

As a Candidate, you will be experienced and capable of delivering complex regeneration and mixed-use development projects of similar scale and nature. Your team will be multi-disciplinary and consist of the Development Partner, full design team services, construction contractors and specialist expertise in areas such as sustainability and modern methods of construction. You will identify opportunities for working with the local community and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), creating new jobs and stimulating the local economy. You will support the Council with innovative solutions related to transport, infrastructure and funding with a primary focus on carbon reduction where possible. The gross development value for Phase 1 is projected at GBP170million - GBP190million, with the overall programme valued at GBP1.3billion. Full information on future phases in contained within the Outline Business Case which is available to be downloaded with this Contract Notice. ** PREVIEW NOTICE, please check Find a Tender for full details. ** NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems. A sub-contract clause has been included in this contract. For more information see: Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows: The Council aims to maximise the social, economic and environmental benefits from its procurement (known as ‘Community Benefits’) by incorporating Community Benefit clauses within its contracts. These benefits are delivered by suppliers in addition to meeting the core requirements of the contract. The Council’s Sustainable Procurement Policy commits the Council to pursuing Community Benefits through its procurement. Types of community benefits which the Council would like to include within this contract may include, but are not limited to: - targeted recruitment and training e.g. jobs, training, work experience, job shadowing opportunities, apprenticeships for young persons and unemployed individuals - supported employment for people with disabilities or other disadvantaged groups - promotion of job opportunities through local agencies - training for existing workforce - mentoring – suppliers offering support and guidance to local organisations and individuals - suppliers using community venues and other community services - promotion of certain supply chain subcontractors (Small to Medium Enterprises, enterprises, supported businesses, Third Sector Organisations); - the staff of suppliers undertaking volunteering within communities; - community enhancement - resources provided for community facilities (e.g. playgrounds, habitat enhancements, environmental improvements) and initiatives (e.g. energy efficiency); - outreach and education opportunities within the community to those associated with or impacted by the types of service provided e.g. promoting careers in construction and trades or care and support to local schools; - sponsorship of local organisations; - community consultation, engagement and strengthening of community relations; - equal opportunities in terms of the supplier’s staffing and access to services. (SC Ref:676472)