Upper Acre, One Horton Heath

Bids for the latest contract will be evaluate 55 per cent on quality and 35 per cent on cost. Applicants must hold employer’s liability insurance of £10 million, public liability insurance of £10 million and porofessional indemnity insurance of £10 million.

Competition details

The scheme is the next phase of the local authority’s 132-hectare One Horton Heath development which will provide a mix of new homes to rent and buy on a series of undeveloped fields on the eastern fringes of the historic Hampshire settlement. The local authority won outline planning permission for about 2,500 residential units on the site two years ago.

In 2021, Eastleigh Borough Council launched a search for an architect to oversee a £70 million residential development on Lower Acre as part of the first phase of the local authority’s 132-hectare One Horton Heath development.

The practice selected for the estimated £300,000 contract will draw up a detailed reserved matters application for 420-to-470 mixed-tenure homes on a 9.92ha site known as Upper Acre.

Bounded by Burnett’s Lane, Moorgreen Road, Allington Lane and Chalcroft Business Park close to the existing village of Horton Heath – the 132-hectare site is expected to deliver around 2,500 new homes along with a primary school town centre, and commercial and light industrial spaces.

In 2018, the local authority appointed Galliford Try as project manager for the site, which was purchased last year. Grant funding worth £20.8 million was awarded by Homes England in June 2019. Clague was appointed to design the first phase in 2019.

Eastleigh Borough Council aims to deliver a new urban extension which can ‘encourage healthy lifestyles, protect and enhance the environment and contribute to a vibrant and relevant contribution to the local economy.’ The development will harness off-site modern methods of construction and feature a mix of flats, houses and maisonettes.

According to the brief: ‘The services relate to a residential neighbourhood within One Horton Heath known as “The Upper Acre”. The Upper Acre has a site area of approximately 9.92 Hectares and is expected to deliver in the region of 420 to 470 residences (depending on constraints, design approach and other factors).

‘The proposal is to prepare and submit an application for approval of all reserved matters in respect of The Upper Acre. This application will be submitted in relation to outline planning application ref. O/20/89498, due to be granted imminently, which is the outline planning permission for the whole of the One Horton Heath development. The Upper Acre will be the third residential phase of development.’

Project title Architectural and Lead Designer Services for Upper Acre, One Horton Heath
Client Eastleigh Borough Council
Contract value Tbc
First round deadline 4pm, 5 September 2023
Restrictions Bidder’s average annual turnover for the previous two financial years must be at least two times the estimated contract value for the Services (estimated contract value is £300,000)
More information https://www.find-tender.service.gov.uk/Notice/023556-2023