Derbyshire County Council is looking for a multidisciplinary team to masterplan a 154ha site surrounding the East Midlands Hub on the planned Leeds branch of High Speed 2 (HS2)
The winner of the estimated £150,000 contract will draw up an ‘aspirational, inspirational and credible’ strategic vision for land surrounding the new HS2 station at Toton in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire.
Planned to open in 2032, the station will connect the controversial £56 billion high speed rail line to nearby Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. The site, currently a rail freight depot and sidings, and wider area have been earmarked for £4 billion worth of investment and around 6,150 new homes.
According to the brief: ‘The client requires a team with expert knowledge and recent experience in developing and working with a range of stakeholders to create large scale transformational yet deliverable masterplans.
‘This is principally a high-level capacity exercise to demonstrate the potential for development and growth related to the HS2 investment and within the constraints set by the local environment. It will look at how a series of key infrastructure moves can be integrated to articulate a compelling vision for the area that can be quantified in terms of scale.’
HS2 is set to deliver a high-speed rail connection between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds by 2033. The East Midlands Hub is part of the project’s second phase,due to start on site in 2022.
The new station will feature a tram service and rail connections to nearby Nottingham, Derby and Leicester city centres. Farrells completed a strategic growth study for the East Midlands Hub two years ago.
The appointed masterplanner will deliver a phased strategy, identifying development opportunities up to 2038 in the immediate vicinity of the station and in the wider area. Services required will include urban design, transport planning, land-use planning and architecture, public realm design and stakeholder engagement.
The search for a team comes shortly after HS2 appointed former Olympic delivery manager Mark Thurston as its new chief executive. A development partner for phase two of the line is also expected to be announced within weeks.
The deadline for applications is 16 February.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Derbyshire County Council