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Architecture 00 team picked for major Lea Valley masterplan

Lea Bridge Gateway

MaccreanorLavington, Make Good and Architecture 00 have won a contest to re-masterplan the Lea Bridge Gateway industrial district

The team – which also includes Civic Engineers, Expedition Engineering and UMC Architects – was selected from an undisclosed shortlist to win the £356,173 contract tendered by Waltham Forest Council. The bid was joint led by MaccreanorLavington with property advisors Avison Young.

The high-profile practices will now draw up a ‘ground breaking’ masterplan to intensify industrial activity and introduce new residential units within the area, which features a 170,350m² mix of warehouses, manufacturing and creative businesses.

The study will first evaluate the entire strategic industrial land zone, which has been divided into six ‘sub-areas’ and will then focus in greater depth on Rigg Approach and other sub-areas where intensification could support residential co-location. Initial research was completed by We Made That last year.

According to the brief: ‘The council, as a landowner and a strategic regeneration and planning authority, is looking to collaboratively work with all interested parties to bring forward the comprehensive redevelopment of Rigg Approach and other identified sub-areas over the next 10 years.

‘The council’s vision for the development is economically-driven: based around a significant increase in modern commercial, industrial and work spaces that retains existing businesses who wish to stay and attracts target business sectors, substantially expanding opportunities for employment, skills development and new ways of working.’

Bids were evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost.

Lea Bridge Gateway is large area of designated strategic industrial land located approximately 3km north-west of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The district is situated on the eastern fringes of the Walthamstow Marshes and is served by Lea Bridge railway station, which reopened 15 years ago.

Allies and Morrison completed an economic growth study setting out an evidence base for creating an employment-led masterplan for the area two years ago.

The latest commission comes two years after Hawkins\Brown and We Made That won an open contest to masterplan the mixed-use redevelopment of 135ha of industrial land in Barking and Dagenham.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Lea Bridge station did not reopen 15 years ago. It reopened in May 2016 after a long campaign by users of the line which reopened in 2005 after closing 20 years previous

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  • Somewhat inaccurate and misleading, Lea Bridge Station has only recently reopened. Lea Bridge Road is already a traffic nightmare and increased usage on this road will cause further delays costing time and money to businesses and residents already in the area - input into loss of habitat and trees arising from this proposed plan seems to be missing

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