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High-quality developments to take place on Felixstowe Road

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 March 2018

The developments will take place at Felixstowe Road. Picture: Google

The developments will take place at Felixstowe Road. Picture: Google

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High-quality developments are to take place on Felixstowe Road, Abbey Wood, as part of the council's plans to provide better housing close to the new Crossrail station.

BexleyCo, the council’s new development company, will work in partnership with Peabody to provide affordable housing within the South Thamesmead Housing Zone, adjacent to the Harrow Manorway Flyover.

Network Rail are currently using the site as a place to locate their temporary offices during the works on Crossrail.

One of the aspirations of the scheme design will be to provide alternative public parking to replace spaces that used to exist at the site.

The competitive procurement process to select an architect to design the new homes will be run via the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) and will formally commence tomorrow (Friday March 16).

Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley’s cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “This is an exciting time for the borough.

“We’ve set up BexleyCo to ensure residents benefit from growth in the area and that quality developments are delivered.

“We are confident that working with RIBA we will find an architect with the expertise and design skills necessary to deliver high quality accommodation for affordable housing and private sale at an affordable cost.”

Richard Blakeway, chairman of BexleyCo, said: “Bexley has significant ambitions for growth and BexleyCo will help deliver these.

“The site at Felixstowe Road is a good example of how we intend to deliver growth that benefits Bexley’s residents and businesses, creating dynamic, quality new neighbourhoods.”

Expressions of interest are being invited and must be submitted to RIBA.

A review panel will then shortlist five bid teams, who will be invited to participate in the design and tender phase of the selection process.

John Lewis, Peabody’s executive director for Thamesmead, said: “This high-quality development will make a fantastic contribution towards establishing Thamesmead as London’s New Town.

“Thamesmead has the capacity for another 20,000 new homes and thousands of high value new jobs, complemented by a new leisure, cultural and commercial offer.”

For more information, or if you are a bidder who would like to express interest, go to the RIBA website at www.architecture.com/competitions

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