Thurrock Council is recruiting an architect for a £7 million overhaul of its main civic offices in Grays, Essex
The winner of the estimated £350,000 contract will draw up plans to extend and refurbish the 11,400m² complex, which is comprised of two separate buildings and considered no longer fit for purpose. Tony Fretton Architects completed an initial study for the project earlier this year.
The project, planned to complete in 2020, will refurbish one of the blocks and create a new structure facing nearby Mulberry Square featuring a reception, café, council chamber, committee rooms and flexible offices. The other block will be redeveloped separately.
In its brief, the council says: ‘We are seeking consultants to design the project to RIBA Plan of Work Stage 3. The project will then be procured on a Design and Build basis.’
Thurrock is a 170km2 borough on the border between London and Essex on the northern banks of the River Thames. The district is mostly greenbelt but features several major settlements such as Grays, Purfleet and Tilbury.
Thurrock Civic Offices are located on New Road in Grays, separated from the nearby town centre by railway tracks. Key buildings neighbouring the 1980s civic complex include a new South Essex College campus by KSS, the Seabrook Rise Housing Estate and Grays train station.
The project aims to refurbish and extend the local authority’s headquarters by creating a new multifunctional building to the west of the existing complex overlooking the nearby Church of St Peter and St Paul.
Functions of the council’s existing CO1 building will be decanted into the CO2 building which will be refurbished and permanently separated from CO1 prior to its redevelopment as part of a separate scheme. Once complete the new building will provide a new main entrance to the civic complex.
The winning team will build on Tony Fretton Architects’ study and develop the scheme up to RIBA Stage 3 prior to a Design and Build contract being tendered.
The deadline for applications is midday, 11 June.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information