Conran & Partners has been commissioned by housing association L&Q to lead the mixed-use, residential-led redevelopment of Walthamstow Stadium in east London, which closed in August 2008
The practice is the third to try and take on the overhaul of the iconic, partially listed 1930s greyhound stadium, following in the footsteps of Assael Architecture and TP Bennett.
L&Q dropped TP Bennett and restarted its procurement process back in March after its partnership with Yoo Capital dissolved (see below).
The project, potentially worth up to £45 million, will create around 300 homes, including properties for ‘for outright sale, family-sized homes, key worker homes and affordable homes for rent and sale’.
Steve Yianni, regional director at L&Q said: ‘Our plans are for a housing led development that Walthamstow can be proud of. We have reassured local MP’s that should an alternative offer come in for the site then we will consider it carefully, but so far no viable offer has been received.
‘We have therefore appointed Conran & Partners and we look forward to developing plans for the site with them and through full consultation with the local community.’
The practice was chosen ahead of eight shortlisted practices following the launch of the OJEU tender notice in May.
L&Q intends to submit the Conran & Partners’ proposal for the 3.28 hectare site towards the end of the year (2010)
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The trust had previously been working with TP Bennett on a controversial £100 million, 490-home scheme for the East London dog track with its famous 1932 art deco entrance.
However the practice failed to win planning permission ‘in time’ and L&Q has decided to start again, this time on a residential-led project worth between £35 million to £45 million.
L&Q’s Chris Middleton explained: ‘TP Bennett were the architect chosen by Yoo Capital to develop proposals for the Walthamstow scheme but no application was ever submitted.
‘Our partnership with Yoo Capital dissolved in March after their failure to secure planning permission by an agreed date and therefore we are re-starting the process with L&Q as the lead developer.
He concluded: ‘As such we have gone back to the drawing board and will be developing our own scheme in consultation with the local council and residents.’
An OJEU notice (2010/S 94-142551) was released last week for architects to provide ‘services up to RIBA Stage D.
The notice reads: ‘[the project] will involve procuring detailed planning consent for a residential led, new build development, whilst retaining existing listed buildings and providing an element of non-residential development at Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium.’
TP Bennett are not the first architect to look at the possible redevelopment of the track, which closed in 2008. Assael Architecture has also previously worked up designs for the site which was partially listed in May 2007.