The 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.
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.
A Memorandum of Information providing further details about the scope of the Felixstowe Road Housing Development, its procurement and programme will be available from Friday 16th March 2018. The deadline for receipt of SQ returns is 2pm (BST) on Monday 16 April 2018.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, Cllr Linda Bailey said: 'This is an exciting time for the Borough. We’ve set up BexleyCo to ensure residents benefit from growth in the area and that quality developments are delivered. We are confident that working with RIBA we will find an architect with the expertise and design skills necessary to deliver high quality accommodation for affordable housing and private sale at an affordable cost.'
BexleyCo Chairman, Richard Blakeway said: 'Bexley has significant ambitions for growth and BexleyCo will help deliver these. The site at Felixstowe Road is a good example of how we intend to deliver growth that benefits Bexley’s residents and businesses, creating dynamic, quality new neighbourhoods.'
Peabody’s Executive Director for Thamesmead, John Lewis said: 'This high-quality development will make a fantastic contribution towards establishing Thamesmead as London’s New Town. Thamesmead has the capacity for another 20,000 new homes and thousands of high value new jobs, complemented by a new leisure, cultural and commercial offer.'