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Competition: Nelson Quay, King’s Lynn

King’s Lynn sketch by Levitate
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The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is seeking a design team for a £4.9 million programme of public realm and flood defences at Nelson Quay

The team chosen for the estimated £300,000 contract will prepare and deliver a site infrastructure plan for the prominent and historic waterfront site, stretching from St Margaret’s Lane in the north to Friars Fleet in the South.

The project will create flood defences, a wetlands habitat, a pedestrian and cycle bridge, a slipway and new public realm including art installations, shelters, seating and lighting. 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.

According to the brief: ‘The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk (the Council) invites tenders from suitably qualified multidisciplinary professional team to develop the design and planning of the site infrastructure for the recently endorsed Nelson Quay Riverfront Delivery Plan.

‘The project is a key component of the council’s regeneration plans and Heritage Action Zone Delivery Plan to secure the future posterity of King’s Lynn by providing a viable and transformational redevelopment of brownfield sites located on the historic quayside.’

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.

Key sites within the regeneration area include Boal Quay and the Grade II-listed Sommerfeld & Thomas warehouse and grain silos. The Grade I-listed Hampton Court, Hanse House and the 14th-century merchant houses of Nelson Street are among local landmarks.

The winning team will complete various surveys and studies in preparation for an outline planning application along with the detailed design of new infrastructure. The appointment may be extended up to RIBA Stage 7 subject to funding approval.

The deadline for applications is midday, 12 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Tony Hague
Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
King’s Lynn
PE30 1EX

Email: procurementtenders@west-norfolk.gov.uk

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