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LDA to masterplan redevelopment on Isle of Wight

LDA Design has won another key waterfront project - masterplanning the redevelopment of the former West Medina Mills site in the Isle of Wight.

The news comes less than two months after the Exeter-based practice saw off a host of big-name practices, including EDAW and FAT, to land the People's Playground scheme along Blackpool's Central Promenade.

The 6.2ha West Medina Mill plot - a former cement factory - is one of three major sites earmarked for redevelopment by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) as part of the Cowes Waterfront regeneration programme.

The long-abandoned site on the River Medina is surrounded by a 'landscape of considerable ecological sensitivity' and is among only a handful of brownfield sites with river frontage on the Isle of Wight.

Development projects director at SEEDA, Peter Cusdin, said: 'The lack of employment sites with waterfront access on the Isle of Wight has been a major barrier to investment and economic regeneration.

'The development of this prime brownfield site will aid the growth of local businesses, secure future employment and help support the development of the island. We are pleased to be working with LDA Design and look forward to developing a masterplan which promotes and delivers excellent sustainable design.'

by Richard Waite

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