Architects announced to deliver Romford regeneration

London Borough of Havering and First Base are excited to announce the appointment of Maccreanor Lavington and Allies and Morrison to design the buildings and spaces for the first phase of the major regeneration at Bridge Close in Romford.

The new neighbourhood, located minutes from the Crossrail Station and next to the River Rom, will deliver over 1,000 homes, a mix of workspaces, a new primary school and cultural and community uses. A new bridge will also be delivered providing direct access from the site to the Crossrail Station and a new riverside path will be re-opened for everyone to enjoy.

Maccreanor Lavington and Allies and Morrison have been jointly appointed following a design competition and will work alongside masterplanners Fletcher Priest to deliver design concepts for phase one, which will include up to 500 homes alongside commercial space and a three-form entry primary school.

First Base and London Borough of Havering entered into a pioneering Joint Venture in April 2018 to bring forward the regeneration of the seven acre site, which forms part of London Borough of Havering’s wider vision for a changing Romford.

The area, which has been granted Housing Zone status by the GLA, has benefited from a £25 million investment to deliver the new Sapphire Ice and Leisure development on Western Road, along with a £1.4 million programme of upgrades for Romford station.  The Council is also embarking on a new masterplan process for Romford.

Neil Stubbings, Director of Regeneration Programmes at Havering Council, said: “The appointment of Maccreanor Lavington and Allies and Morrison will help us ensure the redevelopment of Bridge Close in Romford brings with it quality and innovative design.  The joint venture partnership with London Borough of Havering and First Base and Savills, will see us deliver not just housing, but new thriving communities. With plans for a new school, health centre, and the re-greening of the River Rom, great design will be key for this to succeed.”

Elliot Lipton, Managing Director, First Base, commented: “Working with renowned practices such as Maccreanor Lavington and Allies and Morrison will help deliver the vision for a vibrant, mixed-use community at the heart of Romford.  This piece of Romford town centre will be reinvigorated bringing jobs, commerce and homes helping to boost the local and London economy.

Tom Waddicor, Associate, Maccreanor Lavington, said: ‘’We are delighted to have been selected to be part of such a great team delivering this ambitious new urban quarter in the heart of Romford. It offers a wonderful opportunity to create a well connected new neighbourhood next to an enhanced River Rom and we look forward to working with the council and the local community to develop a wide variety of high quality new homes and important community uses.”

Paul Eaton, Partner, Allies and Morrison, said: “This project offers an exciting opportunity to make a good building in a good place, contributing to a vibrant riverside neighbourhood for living, learning and working that is knit into Romford town centre.”