Coastal Housing Group has announced an open single-stage tender for a £7 million redevelopment of Cambrian and Wyndam House in Bridgend, south Wales
The winner of the architectural commission will create a multipurpose building or series of buildings as well as a new square or pocket park. The development will replace two 1970s wedge-shaped buildings, which are underused, deemed to be of ‘little architectural merit’ and earmarked for demolition.
The project, supported by Bridgend County Borough Council, is part of wider plans to increase town centre footfall and boost jobs and residential use by providing better attractions and activities. Bridgend, which lies between Cardiff and Swansea, has witnessed significant population growth in recent decades.
The competition brief says: ‘The project would be the latest in an ongoing programme of investment to regenerate the town centre. Bridgend is the principal settlement in the county and is a regeneration priority for the council and the subject of targeted investment by Welsh Government (WG) under its Vibrant & Viable Places programme.
‘The project has been prioritised under the latest WG programme: Building for the Future, which is focussed on under-utilised assets in town centres. If the final bid is successful grant will come from a combination of WG and the European Regional Development Fund. This is likely to be the last development in Bridgend town centre to receive financial support from Europe.’
The existing buildings which are thought to detract from the surrounding conservation area. The replacement scheme may be of traditional or contemporary design but should be around three or four storeys high. The ground floor will feature commercial buildings while upstairs will host around 40 one and two-bed residential units with some potential office space.
The new square or pocket park would sit between Market Street and nearby Carnegie House. Applications for the commission will be judged 50 per cent on the quality of the design concept and 50 per cent on prior relevant experience. The scheme is planned to complete in 2022
The deadline for applications is midday, 20 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Coastal Housing Group
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