Urban&Civic, partnered with the Wellcome Trust, has been announced as the private sector development partner who will join Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council to deliver their ambitious plans for an exemplar development of new homes on the northern part of Manydown in Basingstoke.
Urban&Civic, the nationally renowned master developer with an impressive track record of creating great places to live, supported by global charitable foundation the Wellcome Trust, was chosen through a comprehensive 18 month procurement process by the two councils, as joint leasehold owners of the land.
Following the selection of the successful bidder, work will now move forward to finalising contracts with Urban&Civic to join the councils in a joint venture partnership to deliver the exciting vision for Manydown, embracing Garden Town principles.
Urban&Civic, as the UK’s leading master developer, has over 25 years’ experience of turning strategic sites into vibrant new communities. Urban&Civic recognises the importance of delivering quality and placemaking from the outset with early investment in infrastructure and amenities that make a difference, such as community facilities, bicycle lanes, roads, parks and schools. It actively supports local small and medium-sized house builders, as well as building homes itself, and ensures that jobs and skills are created through the investment made. Urban&Civic’s successful developments include the highly-regarded Alconbury Weald, creating 5,000 new homes on a former Cambridgeshire cold war airfield, and Houlton in Rugby, a new community of 6,200 homes.
The Wellcome Trust is an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health, whose investment portfolio provides the income for its funding.
The search started in May 2016 for a partner with the necessary vision, expertise and financial resources to deliver the exceptional new communities the two councils are determined to achieve at Manydown, with the formal stages of procurement starting in July 2016. Since then detailed proposals have been put forward by bidders through four stages of procurement.
“Basingstoke is an ambitious place that is growing and changing and welcomes new investment in its success. Our two councils are working together, drawing on our joint strengths as public bodies dedicated to and co-investing in our vision for a ground-breaking development on land in our ownership. We’re looking for an experienced partner to bring their expertise in placemaking coupled with enthusiasm to help realise our forward-thinking plans to make Manydown a vibrant, successful community and an amazing place for people to live.”
“As joint landowners with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, we are committed to the future of Manydown – working with the selected partner to deliver this unique project for Hampshire. We see this as a key site, and a major opportunity that will reflect the great character of Hampshire as a place to live, work and prosper.”