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Competition: Burnley town centre masterplan

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Burnley Borough Council is looking for a multidisciplinary team to remasterplan its central district

The winner of the estimated £100,000 contract will draw up a ‘comprehensive, ambitious and deliverable’ masterplan for Burnley town centre and the neighbouring post-industrial Weavers Triangle area (pictured).

The project aims to deliver new residential, retail and cultural development within the Lancashire town centre, which was last masterplanned 12 years ago by BDP. Proposals must identify new uses for existing public buildings and accommodate the planned growth of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) campus and nearby Burnley Football Club.

According to the brief: ‘The masterplan is intended to facilitate the redevelopment and growth of the town, ensuring its future as a vibrant and thriving retail, leisure and business centre supporting the borough’s overall growth ambitions.

‘The masterplan should establish a coherent set of land-use and design parameters to guide the future development of the area, underpinned with an implementation plan based on sound market testing and analysis.’

Burnley is around 34km north of Manchester, and  became a major centre of cotton cloth production during the industrial revolution. Today it hosts many advanced manufacturing and aerospace businesses.

The town centre is bounded to the west and south by the historic Leeds Liverpool Canal. A 17ha district known as Weavers Triangle surrounds the western section of the canal, featuring many disused mill buildings and brownfield sites.

BDP’s 2005 masterplan for Burnley town centre led to various developments including a £90 million UCLan campus, a train station, new public realm and a heritage-led district known as ‘On the Banks’ in Weavers Triangle.

The latest masterplan aims to build on previous studies to create a framework that promotes private and public sector investment in the town. Key aims include delivering secondary retail areas, housing and town centre leisure and cultural spaces.

Proposals should also include improvements to public realm, transport infrastructure, parking and Burnley’s indoor market provision. Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on price.

The deadline for applications is 3pm, 3 July

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Kate Ingram

Parker Lane Offices

1st Floor Parker Lane




Email: kingram@burnley.gov.uk

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