Shortlist announced for Essex garden city development

9 November 2022
Credit: Clarion Housing Group
  • Clarion Housing Group




United Kingdom

Tenderstream members competing for 9,000-home masterplan

Tenderstream members Grimshaw and Arup are competing as part of shortlisted design teams vying to masterplan a landmark 9,000-home community in Essex after a major international competition reached its final stage. Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, is searching for an exemplary masterplanning team for its major new garden community on the Colchester and Tendring border, which aims to be the most sustainable and inclusive new community in the UK.

Latimer will continue to work with consultants Colander in order to identify the winning team to help deliver the diverse new 1,740-acre mixed-tenure community over the next two decades. As well as high-quality new housing, the project will provide employment space, a new country park, university expansion, a rapid transport system, retail, leisure and community infrastructure.

The competition’s final five teams were each awarded scores of over 90% by judges during the stage one evaluation. They are:

• Grimshaw and Gbolade Design Studio with Gross Max, Bioregional and ECF.

• Haworth Tompkins and Kjellander Sjoberg with Periscope, Arup, Michael Pawlyn, Grounded_Practice and Connect

• Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Baumschlager Eberle Architekten and Jas Bhalla with OP-EN, Arup and Soundings

• Velocity (Tibbalds, Mikhail Riches, Petra Marko, Sarah Wigglesworth and Studio Octopi) with BBUK, The Landscape Partnership, Biodiversity by Design, Expedition Engineering and Thomas Matthews

• Farrells and Office S&M with Exterior Architecture, Sarah Price Landscape, Hoare Lea and Iceni Projects

The competition’s final stage will challenge the teams to expand their design philosophies and develop a delivery strategy outlining how they will collaborate on proposals in the preparation of an outline planning application.  Richard Cook, Group Development Director at Clarion Housing Group, said: “We have been incredibly impressed by every team and organisation which submitted an entry, and would like to thank them all for their innovative, compelling and inspiring ideas. The outstanding final five now have a fantastic opportunity to set a new standard for placemaking at a sustainable 21st century garden community where people aspire to live, work and visit.”

The successful team is expected to be announced in January 2023.

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 17.08.2022 here

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