Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is recruiting a design team to remasterplan its 25ha business park in Hampshire
The winning team will draw up an ‘aspirational and deliverable’ vision to transform the Basing View area next to Basingstoke railway station into a ‘vibrant, premier office-led mixed-use central business district’.
The latest commission aims to improve connections between Basing View and the surrounding town, and comes three years after 3DReid completed a regeneration masterplan for the ‘tired and outdated’ business park which opened in the 1970s. An earlier masterplan for the 102,000m² central business district was drawn up by Broadway Malyan in 2010.
In its brief, the council says it ‘now wishes to undertake a review of its existing approach to the regeneration of this area of the town centre through the preparation of a new masterplan for the area, reflecting the fact it is now bookended by two development sites of significant scale and location.
‘The new masterplan is anticipated to inform a strategic overview of this extended area and acknowledge its importance in the overall functioning of the town centre.’
The council-owned central business district features several office buildings from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s that are no long considered fit for purpose.
The area is home to around 100 businesses, employing more than 4,000 people, but lacks a broad mix of uses and easy connections to the nearby town centre. Occupiers include the AA, Kier, Wates, BNP Paribas, WSP, Shoosmiths, Network Rail, and Waitrose John Lewis which recently opened a store nearby.
The winning team will deliver a spatial strategy for new offices, homes and other uses along with an urban design framework detailing the siting and scale of new development and the treatment of new and existing open spaces.
The masterplan will also identify preferred options for key development sites such as Station Approach, Fanum House, Churchill Way East Frontage.
The deadline for applications is noon, 29 June
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council