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Decision on Robin Hood Gardens replacement delayed

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Procurement delay has set back by a month the decision over which design team’s project should replace Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens in east London

The two teams vying for the controversial £500 million project, the first featuring Aedas with Jestico & Whiles and Glenn Howells and the second made up of HTA with Squire & Partners, have both been informed of the delay.

Tower Hamlets Council’s cabinet was set to consider the project at a meeting today (1 December), however committee members were informed on Monday that failure to complete properly the requirements of the procurement process meant the agenda item had to pulled.

In Sepetmber, the AJ revealed the final two design teams competing for the job to replace the 213-flat estate with 1,600 new homes.

Culture secretary Andy Burnham in May 2009 granted the building immunity from listing for five years despite strong opposition from some residents and the architectural community.

A decision on the winner will now be made in January. Practices contacted were unavailable to comment.


The local authority’s statement

Tower Hamlets Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) are currently looking at two proposals from the bidders Swan & Countryside Properties, and L&Q and Telford Homes, who have put forward competitive tenders to design and build the new development at Blackwall Reach. 

The Council will make recommendations to the Mayor for a decision to be made in January. The procurement process is currently ongoing and therefore the decision cannot be reached in time for tonight’s Cabinet meeting as was hoped.  

Once a regeneration partner is selected, the Council will be carrying out extensive consultation with residents on the outline and detailed design alongside other aspects of the scheme. 

Extensive consultation has been taking place with residents over the past three years with regular meetings, a dedicated newsletter and website, formation of a Resident Insight Group and Resident Procurement Panel plus an exhibition where residents were able to meet with the two bidders and quiz them on their proposals. 

A phased redevelopment is proposed to commence in late 2011.

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