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Competition: South Ockendon care home, Essex

South Ockendon, Essex
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Thurrock Council is recruiting an architect to masterplan a £15 million care home and health complex in South Ockendon, Essex

The team chosen for the commission will initially draw up plans for an interim care facility featuring 30 ensuite bedrooms along with 45 self-contained one and two bedroomed flats. A masterplan for a new NHS health centre, community centre and additional older people’s housing will also be required.

The project, planned to complete in 2020, will redevelop a prominent site known as Whiteacres and Dilkes Wood on Daiglen Drive opposite South Ockendon police station.

In its brief, the council says: ‘This is a phased commission. The interim care and residential accommodation element of the commission is to lead the design process to achieve a planning permission for the delivery of this scheme and to provide design advice and assurance to the client through to project completion.

‘Continuing engagement will be linked to progress through the RIBA stages, and will span the development and submission of proposals to gain planning consent and other statutory approvals, the development of detailed design and submission of planning applications (in conjunction and in consultation with the council) and through to project completion as design consultant.’

South Ockendon is a small town on the London/Essex fringes, which expanded rapidly following the creation of a new Greater London Council housing estate in the late 1960s. It is just north of the Thames Estuary and close to the M25 motorway. Thurrock Council is midway through a five-year housebuilding programme which set out to deliver 1,000 new dwellings by 2020.

In July, the council launched a tender for a team to deliver a £45 million residential development on the site of the former Culver Centre for vulnerable children along with a £10 million development on an undeveloped corner site nearby.

The deadline for applications is midday, 8 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Thurrock Council
Civic Offices
New Road

Email: procurement@thurrock.gov.uk 

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