Deadline looms for huge London design framework

Mayor Sadiq Khan seeks up to 225 firms for housing-led regeneration push

Architects are racing against the clock to submit their final expressions of interest in joining a new public sector design framework that has an increased emphasis on housing-led regeneration across the capital.

The Architecture Design Urbanism Panel 2 wants up to 225 firms to “encourage fresh thinking for design and building projects” in London, with a brief to deliver London mayor Sadiq Khan’s election pledges on regeneration and October’s “City for All Londoners” strategy.

It will be overseen by mayoral bodies the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

Practices interested in landing a place on the framework have a choice of 14 categories of work to express an interest in, with architecture broken down into specialisms including housing-led mixed use schemes, housing above transport infrastructure, non-residential work, and heritage.

The four-year framework, which will run from 2018, replaces and expands on the remit of the current incarnation of ADUP to include more expertise in housing-led development and masterplanning.

The GLA said the current framework, which lasts until next February, had been a channel for £22 million in public-sector spending – £16 million of which was from London boroughs entitled to procure services through it, with the remainder spent by the GLA and Transport for London.



Application documents said practices invited to tender for the housing and mixed-use regeneration section of the framework would be asked to provide ideas on the redevelopment of “any one of London’s peripheral retail parks” with a “mixed residential/commercial typology” as part of the selection process.

The document said one of the capital’s biggest challenges was the need to “rationalise and remodel retail parks” in the face of the changing retail sector and other wider demands.

Firms seeking to design schemes above or adjacent to stations will be asked to demonstrate how they would coordinate “the complex technical and engineering challenges” of building around live transport infrastructure.

They will also be required to demonstrate how they would mitigate or design-out noise and vibration from new structures, and how the transport infrastructure being built around could be improved as part of the process.

Practices looking for a place on the framework to provide site masterplanning and development-feasibility services will be asked to demonstrate approaches to the “careful intensification” of London’s suburban town centres that supports a “more productive mix of uses”.



Jules Pipe, London’s deputy mayor for regeneration, said the next incarnation of ADUP had the potential to make a significant impact on the future of the capital’s built environment.

“As London grows and develops, the quality of design and development becomes ever more important if we are to meet the needs of our growing population,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the kind of expertise and experience the members of the new panel will offer.”

The window for registering interest in being part of ADUP2 closes at midday today (Feb 14).

Invitations to tender will be sent out next month and contract awards are timetabled for the beginning of July.


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