Lund Quarter, Newham

Project title Lund Point Phase 2 Architect/Lead Designer
Client Populo Design and Build
Contract value £2.4 million
First round deadline Midday, 3 January 2024
Restrictions Applicants must provide details of five relevant contracts that have been awarded for provision of similar services during the past 5 years. One consortium constituent must be based in east London (ideally Newham)
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Dubbed ‘Lund Quarter’ – the project will deliver around 400 new and refurbished homes along with commercial spaces and public realm on the southwestern corner of the 1960s estate which has been subject to redevelopment proposals since 2001 and was at one point earmarked as a new £1 billion home for University College London (UCL).

‘This brief represents the first stage of the tender process, and will be used to determine a shortlist of 4 – 8 parties that will be invited to tender.

Applicants must hold professional indemnity insurance of £10 million.

Competition details

‘The objective is, as lead designer, to assemble, appoint and manage a consortium of designers and place makers to successfully design and submit appropriate planning application(s) for a high-quality mixed tenure development within the Lund Quarter development parcel of the approved masterplan for the Carpenters Estate regeneration.’

The first phase of the masterplan – which includes the refurbishment of James Riley Point by 2025 – won planning in May 2021 and is due to start on site imminently.

Two of the estate’s existing tower blocks, James Riley Point and the 167-apartment Lund Point will be retained and refurbished.

Last summer, Metropolitan Workshop and Proctor & Matthews Architects lodged an outline planning application for the £1 billion redevelopment of Carpenters Estate with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for approval.

According to the brief: ‘Populo Living is issuing this sifting brief to all firms on an open tender basis as the first stage of a mini competition process for the selection of lead designer, to take the Lund Quarter, Phase 2 of the Carpenters Estate Masterplan, to a RIBA Stage 3 design and submit appropriate planning application(s).

The masterplan proposes a neighbourhood park at the centre of the estate, surrounded by lower-rise apartment blocks, houses and maisonettes served by mews streets and communal courtyards. Taller buildings would be located at the site’s edges along arterial routes, with commercial and community uses on the ground floors and flats above.

Newham Council’s wholly-owned housing delivery company has issued a ‘sifting brief to all firms on an open tender basis’ as the first stage of a mini competition that will select a lead designer to advance the estate’s 1.2ha second tranche of development up to RIBA Stage 3 and submit a planning application.

Carpenters Estate was developed between 1968 and 1972 and includes 710 homes split across three high-rise blocks, low-rise blocks and terraced houses on 11.5ha next to Stratford station, Westfield Stratford City and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in north east London.

The second phase, Lund Quarter, will feature around 400 homes split between private and affordable rent alongside 1645m² of commercial space and 4,500m² of new public realm and landscape. The scheme will see the 23-storey Lund Point tower block refurbished and give a new high-performance façade and energy efficient services.

According to the council, 73 per cent of residents living on the estate voted in favour of the redevelopment in an independent ballot in December 2021.

The scheme for Populo Living, Newham Council’s wholly-owned housing delivery company, proposes around 2,000 new, refurbished and replacement homes over the next 15 to 20 years with a ‘minimum of 50 per cent’ earmarked for social rent.