London's Southwark council is stepping up its £1.5 billion masterplan proposals for Elephant & Castle with a trawl for more architects to ensure quality of design.
The move follows January's appointment of Southwark Land Regeneration (SLR) as the council's preferred bidder for the project, which involves a glazed transport interchange, a tower and social housing. SLR's team is led by KP Architects and includes Foster and Partners, Benoy, Hanzah and Yeang, Battle McCarthy Environmental Consultants and DLP for landscaping.
However, Jon Abbott, project co-ordinator for the council, said the new architects would assess the quality of design impartially as the project progressed. 'We want to shape the next stage of the process to make sure the issues important to our agenda are embedded in the masterplan when it goes for a planning application, ' he said.
Consultants will also look at the impact of retail, strategic planning, and valuing property for compulsory purchase orders. A planning application is due early next year, and the first phase of social housing could be on site by 2002. The tower and transport sections are due on site from 2005.
The deadline for submission of interest from consultants is 13 April. Contact Shane Lowery, financial and administration manager, on 020 7525 4901.