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.
Cabinet member for Manydown at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr John Izett said: “I am delighted to welcome Urban&Civic as our selected partner, working with the Wellcome Trust, after a rigorous, demanding competitive tender. They share our ambitions for Manydown and I am confident they will contribute hugely to meeting the challenges ahead to create Manydown as a great place to live, which is so important to the borough and our residents. Urban&Civic's record of working with and listening to local communities and bringing forward early delivery of infrastructure and amenities is especially positive. We look forward to building a strong and productive relationship with our new partner. The two councils will remain actively involved, working with Urban&Civic and the Wellcome Trust for years to come.”
Leader of Hampshire County Council Cllr Roy Perry said:
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