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Competition: King’s Lynn Heritage Action Zone

South Gate, King’s Lynn
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The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is recruiting a design team to test the feasibility of six strategic brownfield sites within the historic town

The multidisciplinary team chosen for the £100,000 to £120,000 contract will draw up conceptual plans for ‘viable and high quality’ developments on the prominent town-centre plots, which include several car parks and other underused facilities.

The project is part of local authority plans to boost residential and mixed-use development within central King’s Lynn while also improving first impressions of the town by delivering new landmark buildings with strong street frontages.

According to the brief: ‘King’s Lynn is one of the east of England’s finest historic towns, but like many market towns and ports it has struggled to fulfil its potential in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The council aspires to see the town revitalised, and new development within King’s Lynn’s historic centre will be one means to realise this ambition.

‘The council sees scope for development that complements King’s Lynn’s character, responding to its scale, grain and quality, and accommodates housing and other uses in the heart of the town. The purpose of the proposed study is to explore the constraints and challenges, which must be met if such development is to take place.’

King’s Lynn is a historic seaport and market town in Norfolk, which played a major role as one of England’s greatest harbours trading with the Hanseatic League during the 14th century.

Last year Levitate and regeneration consultant Urban Delivery were 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 month the council launched a separate search for a design team for a £4.9 million programme of public realm and flood defences at Nelson Quay.

The infrastructure is the first stage in plans to deliver 436 homes and 7,659m² of commercial space on the site, which neighbours King’s Lynn’s medieval Nelson Street.

The latest study focuses on a range of brownfield sites that were earmarked for strategic redevelopment in a Foster + Partners report exploring the future of UK cathedral cities two years ago.

The initiative follows the designation of King’s Lynn as a Heritage Action Zone by Historic England earlier this year. The supported programme aims to unlock growth by making historic settlements more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.

The six development sites comprise South Gate (pictured), Common Staithe Quay, Chapel Street Car Park, Austin Street car park, Old Market Street and St James Street.

The deadline for applications is midday, 21 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Tony Hague
Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
Kings Court
Chapel Street
King’s Lynn
PE30 1EX

Email: procurementtenders@west-norfolk.gov.uk

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