Guildford Borough Council is seeking a design team to rethink Bright Hill car park on the southern edge of the town centre
The winning team will draw up a series of masterplans and cost studies for the delivery of around 40 new homes on the underused 0.47ha site, which has been earmarked for new housing within Guildford’s local plan.
The project will transform the 121-capacity car park into a residential development featuring a mix of affordable-rent and private sale units. Views of the surrounding city and potentially some public car parking will need to be retained.
In its brief, the council says it wants to ‘procure services to prepare initial masterplans and cost studies for a series of masterplan options for the site …
‘Demand for housing of all types, particularly affordable housing, in the borough remains high. It is incumbent on the council to review its existing assets to ascertain if they are being used optimally. The site is allocated to provide circa 40 housing units as well as retaining as much of the existing public parking as possible on the site.’
Guildford is a large historic town in Surrey with around 80,000 inhabitants. Allies and Morrison drafted a new masterplan for Guildford town centre – recommending new retail frontages and the removal of a gyratory – in 2014
Bright Hill was originally a chalk pit on the edge of the town, and was developed as housing in the late 19th century before being cleared in the 1960s and transformed into a car park which is now underused. Roger Evans and Associates completed a 2003 feasibility study for the site which recommended delivering between 70 and 80 units.
The selected team will draw up three options for Bright Hill exploring a mix of development types and the possibility of retaining up to 100 parking spaces for the public. The neighbouring Robin Hood pub may also be integrated into the development.
Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on price. The deadline for applications is 5 December.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Guildford Borough Council
Tel: 01483 444 311