Isle of Wight Council is recruiting a masterplanner for a mixed-use redevelopment of Newport Harbour
The team chosen for the estimated £150,000 contract will create a strategic and revenue-generating masterplan for the historic harbour, located five miles inland from Cowes.
The project will deliver up to 300 new homes along with public realm, car parking, and educational, leisure and commercial uses within the prominent waterfront district, which has suffered from a lack of investment in recent decades. A ‘meanwhile strategy’ for vacant buildings within the harbour will also be required.
In its brief, the council says it wants to ‘transform Newport Harbour and surrounds into a lively, well-designed and sustainable mixed-use location, close to Newport town centre, and sympathetic to the harbour’s character and activities. The outcomes of the project must provide a financial return for reinvestment into key harbour infrastructure.
‘The following objectives for the Newport Harbour site have been identified by the council: generate long-term council income; generate income for harbour reinvestment; optimise land use; augment diverse employment activities; create additional jobs; deliver new homes; deliver affordable homes; augment the unique harbour identity; increase activity and visitor numbers; provide sustainable site connectivity; create a resilient site; generate local community benefits; and increase project deliverability.’
Located off the Hampshire coast, the Isle of Wight is the largest and second-most populous island in England. It has a long history of boat-making and hovercraft expertise. Newport Quay was a busy port until the mid-19th century.
The latest project aims to boost Newport’s economic activity and increase council revenue by encouraging greater regeneration within the harbour area. Key objectives include creating a ‘critical mass’ of new development floor space and delivering new employment uses to help activate the area.
Between 200 and 300 new homes will also be delivered in the harbour with 35 per cent being affordable. New public realm will furthermore be expected to accommodate temporary events while enhancing historic structures within the port.
The winning team will develop the project from RIBA Stage 0 to 2, with the completed masterplan expected to help form a supplementary planning document for the district. A development partner may also be selected at a later date to take the scheme forward.
The deadline for applications is 2pm on 1 May.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Isle of Wight Council
Tel: +44 1983821000