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Design contest launched for Dronfield housing

Dronfield
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Rykneld Homes has opened a competition for a residential conversion of Grade II-listed Manor Farm in Dronfield, North East Derbyshire

Planned to complete in 2018, the project will transform the seventeenth century landmark and its surrounding 1,636m² site into new luxury housing.

Backed by North East Derbyshire District Council – the project in a conservation area close to Dronfield Library will raise funds to deliver affordable homes for rent elsewhere in the town. 

According to the brief: ‘The prestigious Manor Farm site is to be elegantly restored; we are seeking an inspirational design for this unique site with the ambition of maintaining the history and appearance of the site but maximising the commercial value of the site.

‘The bids must be able to demonstrate the balance between high quality design and the return on investment in the scheme.’

Originally an agricultural outbuilding, the historic structure was converted in the mid 1980s but is currently disused. Proposals should encourage community and client engagement and harness innovative construction methods and high-quality materials.

Council leader Graham Baxter and councillor Christine Smith commented: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to create something special in Dronfield. It is about transforming part of our past and creating something new and relevant to the needs of residents and the town.’

They continued: ‘We are committed to finding an exciting design for this scheme and look forward to welcoming ideas that match our aspirations. Our concept is for a development that improves and enhances the whole site and brings with it more housing and investment for Dronfield.’

Submissions must include a fee breakdown covering key project milestones and an evidence-based sales projection demonstrating a healthy return on investment. A site plan, elevations, room layouts, mechanical and electrical concept and model or fly-through video will also be required.

Three shortlisted teams will be invited to develop their schemes further with bids assessed on design quality, viability and financial return. Judges include Baxter, Smith and Rykneld Homes managing director Lorraine Shaw.

The winner of the estimated £50,000 contract – set to be chosen in August – will prepare a planning application for submission in November.

The deadline for requesting documents is 4 July and submissions must be completed by 18 July.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Rykneld Homes
Pioneer House
Mill Lane
Wingerworth
Chesterfield
S42 6NG

Email: Regeneration@rykneldhomes.org.uk
Tel: 01246 217670

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