Portsmouth City Council is on the hunt for a masterplanner to overhaul Tipner and Horsea islands
The two islands – located north west of the coastal city – are earmarked for major redevelopment as part of a ‘City Deal’ initiative intended to boost economic growth in the region.
Around 1,870 new homes and 31,000 m² of employment space are expected to be delivered on Tipner Island.
Divided by the M275 motorway, the 25 hectare site currently features two grade II-listed eighteenth century gunpowder magazines and an MoD firing range which is due to close in April 2017.
Key site challenges include land contamination, flood risk, limited sewer capacity and poor access.
Nearby Horsea island – which was the former home of the MoD’s ‘Defence Diving School’ – is expected to host 25,000 m² of employment space.
The plot is currently separated from the 1980s Port Solent housing development by the former Paulsgrove landfill which is being transformed into a country park.
A new bridge over the park connecting the island to Port Solent will also be required.
According to the contract notice: ‘For Portsmouth the quantum of development that Tipner and Horsea will deliver is on a scale that the City has not seen before.
‘It is vital for the environmental, economic and social development of the City that any development is truly sustainable, innovative and of the highest quality.’
The document continued: ‘Careful consideration needs to be given to the way the development is shaped to ensure that the scheme starts to create a sustainable community at the beginning of the development, but is also flexible to enable different delivery options.
‘The team needs to bring with it innovation and creativity to work with the Council to ensure that the structure of the planning application delivers the vision for the area.’
The winning team will deliver a constraints report, masterplan, development strategy, costed programme of site preparation, risk log and hybrid planning application or local development order for both sites.
The team chosen for the contract – expected to be worth up to £2.5 million – will be announced in November.
A planning application – or local development order – for both sites is expected to be submitted by the end of next year.
The deadline for requests to participate is 2pm on 24 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Portsmouth City Council
Tel: +44 2392688235