Aberdeen City Council has drawn up a shortlist of firms to partner on redeveloping the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).
The local Evening Express newspaper claimed the AECC could be flattened to make way for a new arena.
The Council has invited expressions of interest from organisations wishing to be selected for the opportunity to develop Council-owned land including, and in close proximity to, the AECC.
The procurement process is being undertaken in three stages: Stage One – Pre-qualification; Stage Two – Competitive dialogue; and Stage Three – Final clarification and confirmation with preferred bidder procurement process.
Nine responses were received to the pre-qualification questionnaire and those responses were shortlisted to four participants, with whom a dialogue meeting was held to establish the key commercial terms on which participants would be willing to contract, including a pricing model and project structure, and to gain a high-level understanding of the participants’ proposals.
Three participants were shortlisted for a further three months of competitive dialogue meetings. This competitive dialogue was designed to develop the proposal to a detailed stage and build on the initial proposals provided.
The shortlist has since been reduced to two firms which have been invited to submit final tenders which include: details of the project design and technical feasibility; project development and deliverability; financial and commercial arrangements; and legal and contractual arrangements.
The preferred development partner will be selected in the summer and details of the preferred bid are due to be submitted to Full Council in October.
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