Croydon Council has announced it will hold an international competitive tender process for a ‘world class, exemplary’ overhaul of its historic Fair Field.
The competitive procedure with negotiation, which is set to open for applications in early January, seeks exciting, bold and innovative proposals to transform the large prominent public square next to the council’s £30 million Fairfield Halls regeneration into ‘one of the most exciting public spaces in London’.
The project, scheduled to complete in 2022, sits alongside plans to transform the wider area into a new cultural quarter. The council’s private development company, Brick by Brick, is leading on the area’s residential components.
In its brief, the council says that Fair Field ‘will be a truly world-class public space. It will be one of the most exciting public spaces in London; a destination space accessible to and accommodating a broad demographic.
Proposals should integrate water, public art and lighting; promote cultural and community activity; improve connections to nearby George Street and East Croydon station; and celebrate the history of the area.
Today it is at the centre of an ambitious regeneration masterplan drawn up by Rick Mather Architects (now renamed MICA), which has also designed a £30 million overhaul of the 1962 Fairfield Halls and new housing.
The contest aims to provide ‘legible, step-free access’ between Fair Field and nearby George Street, East Croydon station, Barclay Road and Park Lane and deliver a new forum for cultural and community activity celebrating the area’s heritage.
Proposals will be expected to optimise the potential for performance, exhibitions and activities while integrating play facilities.
A full OJEU contract notice will be published in early January and the deadline for submitting completed selection questionnaires is expected to be in early February.
Shortlisted teams will be confirmed in early March and invited to submit design solutions by mid-April. An overall winner will be announced in August.