Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council is recruiting a masterplanner to review a series of proposed development sites within the Manchester suburb
The winner of the £50,000 contract will draw up high-level masterplans for five large-scale greenfield sites – identified by the initial Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) – alongside alternative visions for eight brownfield sites.
The review comes shortly after Greater Manchester’s newly elected mayor Andy Burnham promised a major rethink of the draft framework to prioritise brownfield development over greenfield sites. The final GMSF is expected to deliver 227,000 homes, 2.45 million m² of offices and 4 million m² of industrial space across the city over the next 20 years.
According to the brief: ‘The main purpose of the concept masterplans at this stage is to test, at a high level, the development assumptions of the proposed and potential allocations, many of which have been prepared and submitted by the land owners through the consultation process.
‘In addition to the five draft allocations published in October 2016, there are eight alternative sites of between approximately 10 and 50ha which would also require masterplanning. This high-level work will help to inform future decisions on the proposed allocations and potentially inform the site allocation policies in the next iteration of the draft GMSF.’
Manchester is the UK’s largest regional economy with a £51 billion GDP and a growing population of 2.6 million. The area represents a major administrative, financial, educational and cultural hub for the wider North West region.
Major projects within the city include a £110 million venue known as The Factory, which is being developed by OMA following a competition. Last month Purcell was meanwhile announced as the architect for a £330 million refurbishment of the Grade I-listed Manchester Town Hall.
Burnham, elected in May, vowed to rethink the controversial GMSF to ‘shift away from more development on the main roads towards the town centres.’ Last year, the draft version of the strategy recommended that nearly 25 per cent of the 227,000 homes planned over the next 20 years would be delivered through greenfield releases.
The original GMSF identified five strategic development sites within Stockport at Heald Green, A34/Cheadle Hulme, Woodford, High Lane & Bredbury.
All five sites – representing more than 200ha of development set to deliver 12,100 homes and 90,000m² of commercial space – require the release of greenfield land. The latest review will test these sites alongside eight alternative brownfield plots.
The winning team will draw up a conceptual masterplan for each of the five draft GMSF sites and eight alternatives – considering land use, site access, housing mix and density, transport and social infrastructure.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 15 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Stockport Town Hall
Tel: +44 7580292661