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Competition: Hillington Square, King’s Lynn

Hillington Square phase one by Mae
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Freebridge Community Housing is recruiting an architect to complete a major overhaul of the Hillington Square estate in King’s Lynn, Norfolk

The winner of the £300,000 contract will take responsibility for remasterplanning, designing and delivering the remaining phases of an ambitious renewal of the town centre 1960s housing estate, which began more than six years ago.

The project, planned to complete in 2021, will see the final three blocks of the Brutalist estate which account for 89 homes, both internally refurbished and externally remodelled. The first four phases saw four blocks containing 203 homes radically transformed in line with a masterplan by Mae Architects and Hemingway Design in collaboration with local residents.

In its brief, Freebridge Community Housing says: ‘Some demolition has been completed and 203 properties have been refurbished. There are 89 residents properties remaining, of which approximately 10 are leasehold, and one commercial property.

‘Freebridge wish to continue with the concept design for the estate and the properties, and develop the external environment, access routes and parking courts. The overall brief is to work with the Hemingway Design masterplan for the area, to develop the drawings to reflect the changes that have been developed through the build process. To resubmit the improved masterplan through the planning process.’

Hillington Square was constructed between 1967 and 1971 to provide overspill housing for the capital but the prominent 1ha town centre site suffered from a lack of investment over the following decades.

In 2006, the estate was transferred to Freebridge Community Housing and since 2011 the site has been undergoing a major regeneration.

The competition is the latest to be held in King’s Lynn which last year saw Levitate and regeneration consultant Urban Delivery chosen to deliver a concept and delivery plan for the town’s historic waterfront, stretching from Purfleet Quay in the north to Friars Fleet in the south.

Earlier this year, the council launched separate searches for a design team for a new creative hub, a design team for a £4.9 million programme of public realm and flood defences at Nelson Quay, and for a design team to test the feasibility of six strategic brownfield sites.

The latest competition focuses on the remaining phases of the Hillington Square regeneration which aims to upgrade the entire estate to decent homes standards and improve living conditions by introducing new stair and lift cores and removing superfluous deck access balconies.

Interested teams must have at least £10 million worth of public liability and professional indemnity cover and £5 million of employer’s liability insurance.

The deadline for applications is midday, 27 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Roxanne Cross
Freebridge Community Housing
Juniper House, Austin Street
King’s Lynn
PE30 1DZ

Tel: +44 1553667841
Email: Roxanne.cross@freebridge.org.uk 

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