Heart of Todmorden

Project title Public Realm Designer Services for Public Places in the Heart of Todmorden Project
Client The Borough Council of Calderdale
Contract value £251,000
First round deadline Midday, 22 September 2023
Restrictions Applicants must provide details of up to three contracts, in any combination from either the public or private sector; voluntary, charity or social enterprise that are relevant to the requirement
More information https://www.find-tender.service.gov.uk/Notice/024332-2023


The search for a design team comes three months after Calderdale Council started procurement for a new £14.4 million built environment consultancy framework covering a range of sustainable new-build, refurbishment and maintenance projects.

The team selected for the estimated £251,000 contract will draw up plans from RIBA Stage 2-to-6 to revamp Bramsche Square which surrounds Todmorden’s 1879 market complex.

The project – planned to complete in 2026 and supported by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – create a create a flexible town square and public realm capable of supporting a range of events while also removing some car parking and improving the pedestrian experience.

Additional aims include improving access to the Market Hall, upgrading the outdoor market area, exploring options for harnessing renewable energy for the market, increasing green plantings, reducing anti-social behaviour and minimising the impact of local flooding.

Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost.

Competition details

According to the brief: ‘The project aims to deliver changes to Bramsche Square, Todmorden, and adjoining areas surrounding the Market Hall to create a vibrant and green town square in the centre of Todmorden that supports a thriving local economy and cultural sector, encourages more visitors to the town and promotes walking and cycling over the use of private vehicles.’

Calderdale is a large 363.9km2 borough with around 203,000 people on the southern fringes of the Yorkshire Dales. Principal settlements within the former woollen manufacturing area include Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.