Wycombe District Council is recruiting an architect to overhaul visitor facilities inside The Rye green space in High Wycombe
The winner of the estimated £25,000 contract will draw up a range of options to provide new revenue-neutral or revenue-positive toilets within the 31 hectare park (pictured).
Situated next to the river Wye and the busy A40 road, The Rye is a popular amenity linking the centre of the historic Buckinghamshire town to the countryside.
According to the brief: ‘There is rising demand for high quality, useable, large and increasingly flexible open space, caused by the ever higher expectations of local people and the growing amount of new commercial and housing development in the Thames Valley; and particularly new housing estates on brown field sites in the urban area.
‘This demand places increasing pressure on the Rye to continually provide a key community recreational facility throughout the year.’
The project may introduce a new stand-alone convenience with a charge covering its running costs or integrate new toilets into existing facilities within the park.
A boathouse currently used for seasonal boat hire could be enlarged to feature a café and toilets. Another option is to expand the historic Pann Mill – operated by the High Wycombe Society – to create a visitor centre with toilets for the entire park.
The appointed team will consult with the public and local stakeholders before drawing up costed designs to RIBA Stage 2. A ten year business plan will also be required.
The deadline for applications is 12pm on 1 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Wycombe District Council
Queen Victoria Road