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Competition: Mayflower Quarter, Southampton

Acme’s Watermark Westquay leisure centre in Southampton
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Southampton City Council (SCC) is seeking a masterplanner for its 84ha Mayflower Quarter regeneration zone

The consultants selected for the estimated £120,000-to-£160,000 contract will create an ‘ambitious, bold and deliverable’ masterplan to transform large areas of the city centre into a new ‘sustainable, stimulating and attractive environment’ for offices, retail and residential development over the next 20 years.

The study aims to unlock Southampton’s potential as a major centre of as sub-regional economic, cultural and creative activity while also boosting ‘legibility, identity and connectivity’ across the city centre. The masterplan will furthermore support the council’s aim of delivering zero carbon development by 2030.

In its brief, the council says it ‘wishes to appoint a leading masterplanning/urban design practice of national and/or international standing to prepare a masterplan for the Mayflower Quarter up to 2040, to inform the emerging local plan.

‘The city council is currently preparing its new local plan to guide development to 2040 which will include for substantial population and economic growth. The consultant team will require expertise in masterplanning, public realm design and architecture, flood-risk management, transport planning and development viability testing amongst others.’

Southampton is the largest city in the South East region, with a population of more than 250,000. It is a major centre for retail, offices, higher education and leisure tourism, being the home port for some of the world’s largest cruise liners.

The Mayflower Quarter regeneration zone covers a large area between Southampton train station and the waterfront which is occupied by several out-of-town style retail stores. Recent developments in the area include Acme’s Watermark Westquay leisure centre (pictured).

The winning team will create a ‘concise design-led, publicly engaging and highly illustrative masterplan’ to demonstrate how the area can be transformed into a new centre for sustainable housing, retail and offices over the next 20 years.

Bidders must hold employer’s liability insurance of £10 million, public liability insurance of £5 million, and professional indemnity insurance worth £1 million. Applications will be evaluated 60 per cent on quality and 40 per cent on price.

The deadline for applications is 31 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Louisa Llewellyn
Southampton City Council
Civic Centre

Tel: 02380 833931
Email: louisa.llewellyn@southampton.gov.uk 

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