Maldon District Council is seeking an architect to take forward its vision to regenerate the Essex town’s historic waterfront
The winner of the estimated £50,000 contract will carry out a feasibility study into the council’s regeneration programme, which aims to boost tourism to the area.
According to the brief: ‘The council is seeking to appoint suitably qualified consultants with relevant experience to prepare a feasibility study to realise Maldon’s historic waterfront revival.
‘The key objectives … include promoting the waterfront as a focus for culture and maritime heritage including maritime skills, improving access and connectivity to the waterside and linkages between key visitor attractions, food and drink, extending dwell times, and taking a heritage-led and environmentally sensitive approach to sustain its future.’
Maldon, which overlooks the Blackwater Estuary, grew into a major port, and manufacturing and trade centre during the 19th century. Today the town is popular with commuters, tourists and yachters.
The waterfront is home to several boatyards, pubs, wharves and historic mills. The area covered by the project includes Fullbridge, the North and South Quays of the River Chelmer, Heybridge Creek, Hythe Quay, Promenade Park, the Blackwater Estuary and Northey Island.
Key proposals include facilities for new markets at Hythe Quay and a combined visitor centre and specialist restaurant within Promenade Park.
Also being considered are a series of river huts for temporary accommodation or retail, improved visitor moorings, a community centre within St Mary’s Church and an overhaul of Maldon Museum.
The chosen team will evaluate each project and consider how they could support the council’s budget and ambitions for the area.
Proposals must enhance the area’s visitor offer, improve resilience against flood risk and improve connectivity between the waterfront and the hilltop town.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 7 November.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Maldon District Council