Maccreanor Lavington will work with AECOM to deliver the framework masterplan for Ebbsfleet in North Kent - the UK’s first garden city for nearly 100 years
Drawn up with landowners and developers, the framework will connect housing growth with existing and future infrastructure investment to accelerate housing development. The project includes 15,000 new homes across an area spanning 1,026ha.
US giant AECOM will lead a team comprising of sub-consultants: Stirling Prize-winning architect Maccreanor Lavington, commercial property and real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield, and Spacehub, a design studio specialising in strategic landscape architecture, public realm and ecology.
The framework masterplan will be developed in line with the government’s objectives of creating high-quality housing and communities supported by local employment opportunities, infrastructure and recreational amenities.
Kevin Logan, associate director at Maccreanor Lavington, said: ‘We are passionate about creating liveable neighbourhoods; seeding meaningful spaces in which communities can grow and blossom. As such, we are delighted to be part of AECOM’s team, and look forward to working collaboratively to deliver a 21st century garden city.’
Tom Smith, director at Spacehub, said: ‘We are incredibly excited to be selected as part of the team to deliver the Ebbsfleet garden city masterplan. The project represents a unique opportunity to deliver the next chapter of the UK’s garden city legacy.
‘The masterplan will unlock an extraordinary landscape’
‘The masterplan will unlock an extraordinary landscape, re-connecting new and existing communities within Dartford, Gravesham and North West Kent.’
The Ebbsfleet scheme was identified in the 2014 Budget, with the government making available up to £200 million of infrastructure funding to kick start the development.