Good news for residential architects hoping to win work with Berkeley - and opportunities on a brownfield ‘blank canvas’ in Lincoln
This week regeneration heavy-weight Berkeley Group won outline planning for 3,750 new homes in Southall, west London. Masterplanned by JTP, the 36-hectare scheme will transform the former Southall Gasworks over a 25-year period. Dubbed Southall Waterside – the project will also include around 46,000m² of commercial space, a primary school, health centre and green areas.
While Berkeley has picked Atkins for detailed work on the first 618-home phase the company is keen to hear from other architects for later elements.
In a statement the developer said: ‘Berkeley Group will invite architects to pitch for later phases and evaluate them on their development of character and identity for each phase as well as adherence to Berkeley Group principles of design and quality.
‘They will then be shortlisted and invited again to competitively tender before a selection is made.’
Meanwhile in Lincoln, outline planning permission has just been granted for an eight hectare brownfield regeneration on Beevor Street known as ‘City View’.
The first 1.6 hectare office building already has detailed consent – drawn up by Globe Planning Consultants – but architects for its delivery have yet to be appointed, according to estate agent Pygott & Crone which is marketing the development.
The remainder of the site is currently a ‘blank canvas’ and could be suitable for a variety of commercial schemes, said Tim Downing of the agency.
Expressions of interests from architects are invited at this stage, although he suggested it was ‘too early to say whether there will be any open or invited contests’ for individual plots.