Great Yarmouth Borough Council is recruiting a masterplanner to explore a range of regeneration options for the town’s’ Middlegate Estate
The winning team will draw up a feasibility study and options appraisal for the mid-20th-century 10ha estate, which features a range of low-rise three-storey blocks with many units considered no longer fit for purpose.
The study, supported by the Department of Communities and Local Government, will explore a range of options for the estate including no intervention, partial refurbishment, full refurbishment, partial demolition and full demolition.
According to the brief: ‘The estate has, over many years, suffered from a build-up of cumulative issues: its close proximity to town centre decline; relatively high levels of criminal activity; relatively high levels of anti-social behaviour; and, until recently, a lack of planned maintenance.
‘These have all resulted in homes that are hard to let, a more vulnerable and transient community and low market values. Previous interventions, while well-intentioned, are of their time and have exacerbated problems. Dwellings on the estate are nearing the end of some component lifecycles and their access, design and layout are not necessarily fit for the needs of contemporary customers. Best practice, collaborative fresh thinking and evidence-based solutions are needed now.’
Great Yarmouth is a seaside resort 30 km east of Norwich on the Norfolk coast at the mouth of the River Yare. The Middlegate Estate is in a prominent location between the river and the historic town centre.
The latest project is part of the government’s UK-wide Estates Regeneration Programme and aims to upgrade the area’s physical, social and cultural facilities.
The winning team will complete a viability assessment and options appraisal, working with local stakeholders to develop the preferred option to RIBA Stage 2 along with a phased implementation strategy.
Interested teams should include an architect or masterplanner, building surveyor, cost consultant, financial modeller and a viability expert.
The deadline for applications is 5 December.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Great Yarmouth Borough Council