Call for Expressions of Interest to Develop Accrington Town Centre Masterplan

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Hyndburn Borough Council are excited to announce the commencement of the tender process to select a professional team to develop a masterplan for Accrington Town Centre.

Accrington has a remarkable legacy built on the hard work, dedication and entrepreneurship of the people of Accrington – we made bricks for the Empire State Building, revolutionised the textile trade by inventing the spinning jenny and mechanised cotton printing, and house the largest collection of Tiffany glass in Europe. We are proud of our history and look forward to a renewed and exciting future.

Work has started on defining a vision for the future of Accrington.  The area around the Town Square is being transformed into the town’s ‘anchor’ and central food, drink, shopping, workspace and leisure destination to cater to the people of Accrington and visitors alike (known as the Accrington Town Square projects (Accrington Town Square website)).

Our vision is to build on this, creating a vibrant, bustling and proud market town steeped in industrial, cultural and architectural heritage. Visitors and locals will come together to sample the best of Lancashire’s homegrown produce and enjoy a diverse mix of local eateries, browse our thriving independent shops and cultural venues and relax in our family- friendly and green spaces. Surrounded by beautiful Lancashire countryside, Accrington is the gateway to the Pennines, Lake District, Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland making the most of its unique landscapes and ample cycling and walking routes. Our attractive, inclusive and accessible town will host numerous popular events, have diverse leisure facilities for all ages, and support its flourishing business community to prosper and grow.

Developing the best Accrington Town Centre masterplan will be a key enabler in creating a vibrant, inclusive, holistic and prosperous town centre. This tender process will ensure that a masterplanner with the best ideas and most relevant experience is appointed to help us develop a masterplan for our renewed and exciting future. Hyndburn Borough Council is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the residents of Hyndburn by providing essential services and fostering community development. The Council is committed to sustainable growth and prosperity for the area.

Funding for the development of a masterplan was secured through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up Fund ‘Long-term plan for towns’. Procurement will be managed through the SCAPE Consultancy Lot 1 Built Environment framework.

If you are a Masterplanner / Architect with experience in delivering a successful masterplan in a similar place, we’d like to hear from you. Further details on the opportunity, with detailed instructions on what needs to be done by when, are included within the Accrington Town Centre masterplan Expression of Interest document below. The initial actions are to ‘opt in’ via email asap, and then follow up with a 2-page Expression of Interest submission before 5:00pm on 28 March 2024 deadline.

To download the Accrington Town Centre Masterplan Expression of Interest document, please click the link below:

Accrington Masterplanning Team EoI Final 2024-03-15_v1.0.pdf Download