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16/10/2015

AECOM to lead on Ebbsfleet framework masterplan

Words: Martin Read

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, has announced that AECOM has been awarded the contract to deliver the framework masterplan for Ebbsfleet, the UK’s first garden city for nearly 100 years.

AECOM is lead partner in a project team that also includes Stirling Prize winning architect Maccreanor Lavington, commercial property and real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield. Design studio Spacehub will also be involved.

The framework will make provision for up to 15,000 new homes over an area spanning 1,026 hectares, connecting housing growth with existing and future infrastructure investment to accelerate housing development.

Andrew Jones, practice leader – design, planning & economics for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India at AECOM, said: “Ebbsfleet is the most significant strategic framework masterplan to be commissioned in the UK since the Olympic Park. Ebbsfleet must leave a legacy that will shape a generation of contemporary garden cities.”

Louise Wyman, director of strategy at Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “My hope is that this programme of work establishes a clear, progressive and deliverable vision for England’s first locally led garden city for 100 years.”

Nick Lambert, Cushman & Wakefield’s lead on the project, said: “This is what brownfield regeneration is all about. In redefining this area of North Kent, Ebbsfleet has the potential to become renowned as one of Western Europe’s exemplar regeneration projects.

The framework masterplan will have a planning horizon of 20 years. AECOM was appointed through its position on the Homes and Communities Agency’s multi-disciplinary framework agreement 2014-2018. Work is to start immediately, with the final framework masterplan due for completion in 2016. The UK government is making up to £200 million of infrastructure funding available to kick-start the development.

Picture credit: Diego Sideburns

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