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Competition: St Cuthbert’s Garden Village

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Carlisle City Council is recruiting a masterplanner for the next phase of its St Cuthbert’s Garden Village development

The multidisciplinary team chosen for the £182,000 contract will create a strategic vision for the new settlement which will deliver 10,000 homes in a series of ‘villages’ located immediately south of Carlisle and connected together by a proposed 8km-long link road.

The masterplanner will draw up a development plan and site allocations for the scheme, which could take up to 25 years to complete. High-level concepts have already been completed by a team featuring Gillespies, WYG, Lambert Smith Hampton and Hemingway Design.

In its brief, the council says: ‘Carlisle is a growing city with an ambitious city council who are planning pro-actively and enthusiastically to enable and guide this growth. Following the designation of St Cuthbert’s as a Garden Village in early 2017, we embarked on an extensive programme of public engagement to create a strong vision, set of principles and design concept for St Cuthbert’s.

‘As we now move the planning of our Garden Village forward to detailed master planning and policy development, we are looking to add the right consultancy service to our passionate and committed team – can you show how you would contribute to our agenda and help us to raise our game?’

St Cuthbert’s Garden Village was one of 14 such settlements announced by the government as part of its pledge to build 200,000 new homes across the country in January 2017. The development will create four new residential clusters around the existing village of Durdar south of Carlisle.

Additional satellite settlements will also be created at nearby Carleton, Cummersdale and north of Brisco. Alongside the new link road, a ‘St Cuthbert’s Greenway’ pedestrian and cycle route is also planned.

Garden cities were conceived by architect Ebenezer Howard, who set out plans for self-sufficient garden cities ringed by agricultural belts in 1898. Architect Raymond Unwin and his partner Barry Parker won the competition to lay out the first, Letchworth, in 1904.

Twenty-seven new towns drawing on garden city principles were built in the UK following the passing of the New Towns Act in 1946. In October, the RIBA launched a contest calling for contemporary Interpretations of Ebenezer Howard’s visionary Garden City principle on a 44.5ha site to the north of Letchworth Garden City.

Between three and five teams will be invited to bid for the St Cuthbert’s Garden Village project following the completion of an open pre-qualification round. Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost.

The deadline for applications is 12 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Dawn Reid
Carlisle City Council
Financial Services
9th Floor
Civic Centre

Tel: +44 1228817595
Email: dawn.reid@carlisle.gov.uk 

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