Worcester City Council is recruiting a design team to re-masterplan its city centre
The team will draw up a conceptual strategy to boost the number of homes, businesses and jobs within the growing cathedral and university city. Proposals will be expected to promote tourism, retail and educational facilities while also protecting heritage assets and the natural environment.
The exercise, planned to complete in April 2018, will deliver a new spatial masterplan with design and development briefs for key regeneration sites. The team will also provide key actions required and potential timescales for delivery supported by high-quality and focused analysis.
The council’s brief says that the masterplan ‘will be supported by and integrated into the production of two sister strategies.
‘These are a new Worcester City transport strategy, led by Worcestershire County Council, which will start in September 2017; and a review of the city’s public land and buildings, led by the city and place partnership, which began in March 2017 and will complete later in the year.’
Worcester is located on the banks of the River Severn around 50km south-west of Birmingham, and is home to around 100,000 people. Its skyline is dominated by the 12th-century cathedral and the former spire of St. Andrew’s Church.During the medieval era the settlement was a major hub for cloth manufacturing and by the 18th
During the medieval era the settlement was a major hub for cloth manufacturing and by the 18th century it was England’s preeminent centre for glove-making. The city centre was comprehensively redeveloped during the 1950s and 1960s.
The latest project aims to promote a ‘prosperous, accessible, diverse and inclusive’ city with new sustainable leisure, sport, tourism and employment opportunities. The masterplan also seeks to build on the city’s heritage and upgrade its waterfront with new bars, shops and restaurants.
Interested teams must demonstrate high-quality built environment skills, evidence of working in a historic city and an understanding of investment and growth within the wider West Midlands over the next 5-20 years.
Public liability cover of £5 million, professional indemnity cover worth £2 million and employer’s liability cover of £5 million will also be required.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 8 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Worcester City Council