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Competition: Paradise Field housing, Hemel Hempstead

Paradise Field, Hemel Hempstead
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Dacorum Borough Council is seeking an architect to design an ‘award-winning flagship’ residential development in the heart of Hemel Hempstead

Interested parties are invited to submit an advanced concept scheme for a sloped greenfield site known as Paradise Field, which neighbours the busy St Albans Road dual carriageway (pictured) and has been earmarked for 43 new homes.

The project aims to deliver a ‘flagship’ and ‘high-quality’ scheme featuring a mix of one-bed, two-person flats and two-bed, three and four-person flats. Submissions will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost, but the local authority – which wants to deliver 350 new homes by 2020 – is not offering any remuneration for bidders’ concept work.

In its brief, the council says it wants ‘to ensure the design can potentially achieve an award-winning flagship development. As part of the tender, each bidder should look to design a scheme that complies with the scope of services, whilst also providing architectural flare, design features and cutting-edge ideas. Practicality and buildability should be considered throughout.

‘Shortlisted bidders will then be asked to present their concept and design philosophy to the development team at interview stage. The submitted design should include various sketches, site layout, floor plans, elevations, external environment drawings and materials palette. These should all be accompanied with a descriptive summary on design progression, reasoning and thought processes.’

Dacorum is a 212km² district with a population of around 150,000. Around 50 per cent of the area is green belt and its principal settlements are Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring. Located around 25 miles north-west of central London, Hemel Hempstead is a major commuter settlement of 83,000 people.

The latest search for a design team comes four months after the local authority announced it was recruiting four architects for £17.5 million of new housing schemes across south-west Hertfordshire. Teams chosen for four feasibility study contracts, worth an estimated £25,000 each, have yet to be announced.

The Paradise Field project will transform a prominent greenfield site located immediately next to the St Albans Road dual carriageway in the centre of Hemel Hempstead. The site is currently earmarked for 43 homes, but the local authority believes an ambitions development could deliver more units.

Interested parties must have public liability insurance of £5 million, professional indemnity insurance of £2 million, and employer’s liability insurance of £10 million.

The completed scheme will be expected to feature between six and ten ground-floor, wheelchair accessible apartments.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 2 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Andrew Linden
Dacorum Borough Council
The Marlowes
Hemel Hempstead

Tel: +441442228263
Email: andrew.linden@dacorum.gov.uk

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