Forward Swindon is recruiting an architect to deliver 150 new homes in Wichelstowe on the edge of the Wiltshire town
The winning team will work with the regeneration arm of Swindon Borough Council to create a 2.3ha housing development on a pair of green fields straddling a disused canal.
The two plots are part of the council’s LDA Design-masterplanned Wichelstowe urban extension, which aims to deliver 3,600 new homes on farmland between Swindon Old Town and the M4. Some 800 homes have already been constructed in the area since the development started in 2006.
The new homes on land parcels 2 and 3 will be the first residential units delivered within the Middle Wichel District Centre, where a Waitrose Store opened two years ago.
‘This tender relates specifically to the provision of architectural design and related services for the first residential parcels within the district centre,’ the brief states.
‘It is essential that this first phase is characterised by high design and quality standards, setting a market-leading benchmark as a catalyst for future development, whilst also capturing the imagination of prospective home owners.’
PRP was appointed earlier this year to draw up a design code for the new district centre, which will feature housing alongside a new primary school, secondary school, restaurants, health facilities, retail and a hotel.
The winning consultant or consortium of consultants will deliver the scheme, which already has outline planning consent, up to RIBA Stage 7. Additional design advice on other developments in Wichelstowe may also be required on an ongoing and ad hoc basis.
The deadline for applications is noon, 5 December.
How to apply
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