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Urban Splash bids to build in London

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Urban Splash is on a developer shortlist that would see it pick up its first major development in the capital.

The uber-trendy firm is up against five other companies in a bid to develop East London's St Andrew's hospital.

The development at the St. Andrew's Hospital site will address the urgent need for family housing and create sustainable, high quality homes - and aiming for 50 per cent to be affordable housing. The submissions will also include plans for a new health centre and local shops.

The 3-hectare site next to Bromley-by-Bow station in East London is within the Lower Lea Valley, close to the site of the 2012 Olympic park. The LDA bought the site with funding from the government's Sustainable Communities Fund.

Bizarrely, Urban Splash is yet to appoint an architect to work with them, while other developers have.

The full list is

Barratt with Halpern Partnership

Berkeley

Countryside Properties with KCAP/Maccreanor

Crest Nicholson Homes with RMA Architects

London & Regional with Make

Tony Winterbottom, London Development Agency executive director of development and regeneration said: 'This development is an important part of the LDA's plans to regenerate the Lower Lea Valley.

'We want the St Andrews site to showcase sustainable urban design and high-quality architecture. Its strategic location means it is well placed to act as a catalyst for more new homes and other facilities in this part of London,' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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