The London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) is seeking an architect for a major mixed-use overhaul of Collingham House, Wimbledon
The winner of the estimated £950,000 contract will draw up plans for a new mixed-use building on the prominent site featuring retail, leisure uses, offices and residential.
The 9,300m² project, planned to complete in 2022, will replace the existing 1950s Collingham House, which is a short distance from Wimbledon train station and features a car park, pub (pictured), bicycle shop and offices.
The authority’s brief says: ‘The property comprises a number of buildings of existing retail, leisure and office use with significant redevelopment potential.
‘The authority is seeking to procure architectural services from an experienced architect to provide design work and subsequent services to obtain a planning permission for the potential redevelopment of Collingham House, Wimbledon, London, SW19.’
Wimbledon, in south-west London, has witnessed major population growth in recent years amid a growing trend towards the regeneration of outlying suburbs within the capital.
Spanish architect Pablo Sendra Fernández won a £3,000 ideas contest two years ago, which sought ideas for how the retail district and transport interchange could evolve over the next 15 years.
His winning design uses ‘gamification’ to engage the public, featuring a large dome, giant slides, escalators, playgrounds, rooftop sports pitches and a rooftop cinema.
Nearby landmarks include the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club; the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, which is being redeveloped to be the new home of AFC Wimbledon football club; and the Grade II*-listed suburban home Richard Rogers built for his parents.
Collingham House occupies a 0.3ha site fronting Gladstone Road and Russell Road in the town centre. Planning permission for a residential conversion of the complex was granted three years ago.
The LPFA manages around £4.6 billion of assets and provides pensions to approximately 34,000 former public sectors employees, many of whom worked at the Greater London Council and the Inner London Education Authority.
The winning team will complete a design feasibility study, pre-application meeting with the local planning authority, prepare a planning application, assist with the appointment of a contractor and be novated to the chosen firm to deliver the scheme.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 6 November.
How to apply
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