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Competition: Watford Town Hall

Watford Town Hall
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Watford Borough Council is recruiting an architect to design a £10 million municipal office block and multistorey car park

The multidisciplinary team chosen for the estimated £250,000 contract will draw up plans for a £4 million four-to-five storey office block to replace an existing single-storey modular structure next to Watford’s Charles Cowles-Voysey-designed town hall (pictured), as well as a £6 million 400-capacity car park.

The mixed-use project, planned to complete in 2020, will increase local authority office space within the Grade II-listed complex while also delivering a new base for the Hertfordshire Constabulary featuring offices, meeting rooms, changing rooms over two floors and around 45 parking spaces. Initial concept plans have already been drawn up by Black Architects.

According to the brief: ‘The new office development will be a separate building to the existing main town hall, but will have a link to the main building, possibly incorporating a new customer reception area.

‘The council requires the services of a suitably qualified architect-led design team to review, improve and develop the initial concept designs and client brief completed to date. This will involve coordination and engagement with multiple stakeholders and the development of detailed proposals, client brief and employer’s requirements for use within the competitive first stage of a two-stage competitive design and build tender process.’

Watford is a major commercial and commuter hub north-west of London and is home to around 90,000 people. Watford Town Hall was designed by Charles Cowles-Voysey in 1938 along with a neighbouring assembly halls complex, which was overhauled by Aedas five years ago and is now known as the Watford Colosseum.

Key aims of the latest project include improving the road layout surrounding the civic centre and providing a new source of revenue for the local authority. A new public service hub will also be created within the council headquarters. 

Earlier this year Watford Borough Council launched a separate search for an architect to deliver a £2.2 million regeneration of its Grade II-listed museum which occupies a former Georgian town house on Lower High Street.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 22 January.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Corporate procurement manager
Watford Borough Council
Town Hall
WD17 3EX

Tel: +44 1923278370
Email: howard.hughes@watford.gov.uk 

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