AECOM has been announced as the preferred bidder to create the masterplan for the £26bn development of Old Oak Common, which will link to HS2 and Crossrail.
The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) announced that AECOM has beaten off six other bidders and is due to start work in late May or early June, following a standstill period.
Over the next year it will draw up options for the ‘final deliverables’ under the contract, including a spatial masterplan, phasing, transport, commercial and residential strategies, are due next spring.
AECOM's partners are Useful Simple, Prior Associates, Asif Khan, East, Space Hub Design, Weston Williamson, Fluid, Maccreanor Lavington, GVA, Peter Brett, Wilkinson Eyre and Big.
Old Oak and Park Royal in north west London is the capital’s largest Opportunity Area with a new HS2 and Crossrail Station due to be constructed at Old Oak by 2026.
The aim is to create a world class transport ‘super-hub’, which will become ‘one of the country’s most connected and largest railway interchanges', according to the OPDC.
The redevelopment of the area, which includes a rail depot, has a gross development value of £26bn and could deliver 25,500 new homes and 65,000 jobs in total.
The OPDC said the Old Oak masterplanning contract will allow for greater certainty for landowners, investors and stakeholders on how and when the area will be developed, as well as clarity and consensus on what key site-wide infrastructure is needed and where it would be located, to allow for procurement and investment.
The OPDC was established in April 2015 as a mayoral development corporation to drive forward future development plans for the area. It has full planning powers within its 650 hectare boundary, which includes land in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing, and Brent.