Background

600,000ft² retail led development, including: anchor superstore, extensive car parking, a new Civic Centre and numerous A1, A2 and A3 units.

The market town of Harlow was redeveloped as one of a series of New Towns designed in 1946, in accordance with a master plan drawn up by Sir Frederick Gibberd. The masterplan included buildings by Gibberd and other leading architects of the post war era and innovative use of public open space, including a water garden and works by prominent artists such as Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink and Eduardo Paolozzi.

This project involved the redevelopment of part of the southern side of the town centre, demolition of the Town Hall (to be replaced with new a Civic Centre) and relocation of the now-listed Water Gardens. The site encompassed a number of land-holdings, including land controlled by English Partnerships.

Our Role

Stace worked with Harlow Council from the early stages of the project, advising on financial, specification and programme matters and assisted with documentation of a Development and Sale Agreement (DSA) which was tendered to a number of developers. Stace then assisted Harlow Council in negotiation with the chosen developer, Wilson Bowden to agree cost quality and programme criteria at a greater level of detail and acted a Project Monitor during the execution of the works. The Project Monitoring role included assessment and inspection of measures to enable programme of phased hand-overs of the works with safe access and egress for the general public.

Our Impact

Stace have a long-standing working relationship with Harlow Council. We understood fully the Council’s operating requirements and the level of stakeholder engagement required to deliver the project successfully and transferred those requirements into the DSA. Stace were able to deploy a  range of in-house skills and services in the auditing of the developers proposals, not only in relation to cost and value but quality; buildability; suitability for the council’s functional requirements and delivery, in a busy town centre, to the timescales required.