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Competition: Welborne Garden Village

Welborne Garden Village
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Fareham Borough Council is seeking consultants to draw up a placemaking strategy for a new 6,000-home garden village development

The winner of the £75,000 contract will create a placemaking strategy and action plan for the 400ha settlement located north of Fareham.

The project – which will feature 1,857m² of commercial space, schools, healthcare facilities and 108ha of green infrastructure – is one of 14 garden villages announced by the government one year ago. Adam Architecture submitted outline plans for the development in March.

According to the brief: ‘The Welborne Plan aspires to the development of a community over and above that which it is able to require and that placemaking will make the difference between merely a well-designed and well-serviced new development and one which is inspirational and aspirational with a distinctive identity, character and spirit that delivers a village way of life that engages and involves residents and where people want to live because of the lifestyle on offer and the stake that they have in the community.

‘Housing and landscape design will be a key element of this, but the Placemaking Strategy should also focus on the creation and development of a welcoming, vibrant and fabulous place to live from the very earliest settlers through to the completion of the development. It should be based on transformational thinking that places the needs of the future residents at the heart of the delivery solutions, balancing these with the needs of the various development stakeholders.’

Located between Portsmouth and Southampton, Fareham is a major residential, retail and manufacturing hub home to around 42,000 people. The Welborne Garden Village aims to expand the local population by 13,800 and create 5,735 jobs locally.

Adam Architecture submitted an outline planning application for the new development in March which is due to be determined in the spring. The 400ha village is backed by Hampshire-based Buckland Development, which owns the majority of land on the site. AECOM has led the masterplanning of the project since 2008.

Garden cities were first conceived by visionary architect Ebenezer Howard, who set out plans for self-sufficient garden cities ringed by agricultural belts in 1898. Twenty-seven new towns drawing on garden city principles were built in the UK following the passing of the New Towns Act in 1946.

The winning team will create a detailed strategy for Welborne which the local authority can use to evaluate proposals put forward by the developer both at outline and reserved matters stages. Key requirements include a place making narrative; set of principles, interventions and deliverables; and a costed business case.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 2 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Nicky Roberts
Fareham Borough Council
Civic Offices
Civic Way
PO16 7AZ

Tel: +44 1329824693
Email: nroberts@fareham.gov.uk

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