Felixstowe Road development

This competition is seeking to select an architect to design a high-density residential development on a prominent site opposite the Abbey Wood Crossrail station and close to Thamesmead within the London Borough of Bexley.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Eol, Architect, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Housing
Country London, UK
Registration Deadline 16 April 2018 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 16 April 2018 (via Online)
Eligibility The architect firm must include an architect who has the right to practice in the country where he/she is qualified or in the country where he/she currently resides or practices.

Description
This is a part of London due to undergo dramatic change with over £1 billion being invested in Thamesmead over the next ten years, making it not only the biggest regeneration projects in London but one of the biggest in the UK. As well as the Southeastern trains that will continue to service the station, Abbey Wood will be the easternmost terminus of the new ‘’Elizabeth Line’’ (Crossrail).
This will dramatically improve transport links from Abbey Wood and Thamesmead to Canary Wharf, Central London and eventually Heathrow and Reading in the west, with its imminent arrival helping to transform Abbey Wood, attracting new business and inward investment.
The proposed Felixstowe Road site will be one of BexleyCo’s first developments, having been established in 2017 as a vehicle for securing much-needed quality housing within the London Borough of Bexley. The site lies adjacent to the elevated Harrow Manorway flyover and is located within the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone, which will see radical change including the delivery of new homes over the next 10 years by Peabody.
The Felixstowe Road Housing Development will need to be designed to meet all existing regulations, cognisance of the interim findings of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety (with a particular focus on their application to high-rise residential buildings) and awareness of recommendations made by professional bodies in response to the interim Hackitt report.
The package of design work is also expected to include architectural landscaping within the vicinity of the development to integrate it with the wider public realm and provide active frontages at the station and flyover levels. The appointed architect will have the expertise and design skills necessary to deliver high quality accommodation for affordable housing and private sale at an affordable cost, to meet existing and future regulatory requirements.

Jury
- SQ Evaluation Panel
Graham Ward: Deputy Director - Major Projects, Infrastructure and Delivery; London Borough of Bexley
Kevin Taylor: Head of School Place Planning, Commissioning, Admissions and Major Projects; LBB
Dr Phil Askew: Director Landscape & Placemaking, Peabody
John Whiles: Jestico + Whiles, Founding Director - acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser
- ITT Evaluation Panel
Richard Blakeway (Chair): Chairman, BexleyCo
John Lewis: Executive Director, Thamesmead - the Peabody Group
David Lunts: Executive Director, Housing and Land, Greater London Authority
Sadie Morgan: Founding Director, dRMM
Gill Steward: Chief Executive, London Borough of Bexley
TBC: LBB/Peabody Delivery team representative
John Whiles: Jestico + Whiles, Founding Director - acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser

Prize
Design Contract
Each tendering architect firm who submits a compliant Tender for the design phase and gives a clarification interview presentation will receive an honorarium payment of GBP £8,000 (+VAT).

Entry Fee
None

Timetable
Shortlist notified: w/c Mon. 07 May 2018
Submission of tenders: 28 June 2018
Clarification interviews & presentations: 16 July 2018 (date TBC)

Organizer
The Felixstowe Road Housing Development

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