The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust is recruiting a multidisciplinary team for an ambitious overhaul of the 900ha public open space
The winner of the maximum £122,000 contract will draw up plans for a new base for the trust – which oversees more than 40 open spaces along the River Wandle in south-west London – while also developing new management structures, a business plan and a funding strategy.
The project – dubbed ‘Bringing the Park to Life: From Vision to Reality’ – will transform Culver’s Lodge, a disused single-storey Victorian house in Hackbridge, into new trust offices with co-working spaces and a bicycle hub. Teams should include an architect, landscape architect, planning specialist, business planner, governance specialist and legal adviser.
According to the brief: ‘This is an exciting “once in a lifetime” opportunity for the trust and the region, as grant funding for organisational development is rare, and as such requires an entrepreneurial, think-out-of-the-box, innovative approach from the appointed consultant team, who understand the necessity for the trust to develop a new approach to its finance model and the opportunity to develop a partnership body that can deliver green infrastructure.
‘We seek a multidisciplinary team who have a real understanding of the circular economy, participatory practice, social enterprise, community businesses and social investment funding, and who can bring this approach to the project and are not afraid to test approaches and challenge perceptions.’
The River Wandle is a major tributary of the Thames, running 24km from its source in Croydon through Merton and Wandsworth. Key landmarks along the once heavily industrial watercourse – known during the 19th century as ‘Europe’s hardest working river’ – include Morden Hall Park (pictured), Merton Abbey Mills and the Ram Brewery.
Wandle Valley Regional Park is a network of green areas along the river, which includes 40 open public spaces and 12 nature reserves. The surrounding areas are home to 700,000 people and host businesses providing 10 per cent of London’s employment and 20 per cent of London’s manufacturing base.
The deadline for applications is 5 February.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
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