Warrington Borough Council is seeking a masterplanner for an ambitious overhaul of its central residential area
The winner of the £90,000 contract will draw up an ‘aspirational’ masterplan to transform the Orford; Poplars and Hulme; Fairfield and Howley; Latchford East; Latchford West; and Bewsey and Whitecross wards which are some of the most deprived in Warrington.
The project – covering both short-term initiatives and long interventions up to 2050 – aims to boost opportunities for residents within the struggling central areas of the Cheshire town which has witnessed an uneven pattern of economic growth in recent years.
According to the brief: ‘Warrington Borough Council, acting on behalf of the Central Area Neighbourhood Renewal Board, wishes to engage a specialist consultant team, quite possibly a consortium, to work with it, its public sector partners on the renewal board and its community and business stakeholders to produce an aspirational Regeneration Masterplan for the Regeneration of its Central Neighbourhoods.
‘Positive place-making is a key feature of the regeneration challenge. Warrington benefits from a ring of parks with an ongoing project to improve them for leisure, connectivity, etc. There is also a new town centre and waterfront masterplan among several masterplanned areas of the town. The Central Area Neighbourhoods is viewed as the missing piece for the mosaic to be completed.’
Located on the banks of the River Mersey around 32 km east of Liverpool – Warrington is a major commercial and industrial centre which was transformed into a new town in 1968 and is now home to around 200,000 people.
Key transport routes passing through the settlement include the West Coast Mainline and the M6, M56 and M62 motorways. In recent decades the town has witnessed some of the most significant economic growth in the country but the benefits have not been evenly distributed leaving many neighbourhoods in the central area still deprived.
The latest masterplan aims to boost opportunities for residents living within the the Orford; Poplars and Hulme; Fairfield and Howley; Latchford East; Latchford West; and Bewsey and Whitecross wards of Warrington.
Creating new jobs and housing within the central area is a key aim of the project along with creating an attractive environment for new investment. Improvements to the area’s infrastructure, leisure, sport, culture, retail, skills, health and wider well-being must also be considered.
The deadline for applications is 22 June.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Warrington Borough Council
New Town House
Tel: +44 1925442636