Bournemouth Borough Council is recruiting an architect for a new £15.8 million housing and family hostel development on Princess Road, Westbourne
The winner of the estimated £150,000 contract will draw up plans for a 120-unit residential development featuring a mix of one, two and three-bedroomed apartments along with a 20-room family hostel with associated communal facilities and parking.
The project, planned to complete in 2022, will transform an 8,000m² site, currently occupied by nine separate detached and semi-detached houses located at 129-139 Princess Road and 8-14 Prince of Wales Road in the Westbourne suburb of the coastal resort town.
The council’s brief says: ‘We are aiming to provide a high-rise mixed-tenure scheme of around 120 flats and a 20-bed family hostel. Unit numbers are based on 0.8ha at 150dph.
‘The tenures expected are to be: affordable rent one-bed, two-bed and a few three-bed flats; shared ownership one-bed and two-bed flats; private rent one-bed and two-bed flats; and family hostel 20-room, with a range of 1-3 person rooms with interconnecting doors. The two-storey family hostel should be designed to allow for remodelling to flats as an exit strategy.
Westbourne is a popular residential district featuring a large number of specialist shops, cafés, restaurants and independent businesses.
The latest development will occupy a large 8,000m² site located between the main retail thoroughfare and railway tracks. Nearby landmarks include the 10-storey Westbourne Heights office block, which has recently been converted into housing.
The latest project will deliver a mix of affordable rent, shared ownership and private rental housing in a multilevel development. A two-storey family hostel will feature a variety of flexible room sizes along with a communal kitchen, dining, bathrooms, amenity space and storage.
The deadline for applications is 2pm on 10 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Strategic Procurement Team
The Council of the Borough of Bournemouth
Tel: +44 1202451417