Tendring / Colchester Garden Community Competition, Clarion Housing Group Essex Design Contest 2022, Masterplan

Tendring / Colchester Garden Community Competition, Essex

10 Sep 2022

Latimer begins international hunt for masterplanning team for new Essex garden community of up to 9,000 homes

Location: Colchester / Tendring borders, Essex, south east England, United Kingdom

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Tendring / Colchester Garden Community Competition, Essex, UK

10th of September, 2022 – Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, has begun the search for a visionary design team to masterplan its major new 9,000-home garden community on the Colchester and Tendring borders.

Consultant teams are invited to enter the developer’s international design competition to create an exemplar masterplan for the landmark Essex project – which aims to be the most sustainable and inclusive new community in the UK.

In conjunction with consultants Colander, Latimer is seeking an innovative design team that will develop an integrated approach for the project – including masterplanning, landscape architecture, sustainability and community engagement – to help deliver the diverse new 1,740-acre mixed-tenure community over the next two decades.

As well as high-quality new housing, the project also seeks to provide employment space, a new country park, university expansion, a rapid transport system as well as retail, leisure and community areas.

The successful team will be commissioned to work collaboratively to develop proposals forming an outline planning application for the new garden community.

Entrants of the two-stage competition will be judged on their collaborative approach to the design of a landmark community which recognises the traditions of garden city principles whilst exploring how these might evolve to create a resilient model for future generations.

The judging panel will include senior representatives from Latimer and partnering organisations, as well as Lord Matthew Taylor – an instrumental figure in garden community policy.

Site plan:
Tendring / Colchester Garden Community Competition, Essex

Latimer was last summer selected as development partner for the new community and will work alongside local housebuilder Mersea Homes, Colchester Borough Council, Tendring District Council and Essex County Council to bring the plans to life. It will also engage proactively with the local community.

Richard Cook, Group Development Director at Clarion Housing Group, said: “Launching this high-profile competition to appoint an exemplar masterplanning team marks a major milestone in our Tendring-Colchester Borders project, which will deliver vital homes and facilities for generations to come.

“Everyone involved in this landmark scheme has a fantastic opportunity to create a lasting legacy and set a new standard for placemaking. We are looking forward to bringing a new project team on board to design a sustainable 21st century garden community where people aspire to live, work and visit.”

Caroline Cole, founder of consultants Colander, said: “We are very excited to be associated with this project and look forward to seeing the interest it generates within the professions.

“The winning team has a huge role to play in designing a landmark new community and helping to deliver vital new housing, infrastructure and community benefits to local people in the region.”

Details of the Latimer masterplan competition, the first stage of which closes on Monday 3 October, can be found online.


Key programme dates:

1 September 2022: Architecture Competition launch

9 September 2022: Deadline for any queries about this architecture competition

3 October 2022: Deadline for receipt of Stage 1 submissions

17 October 2022: Announce the shortlist, issue Stage 2 brief and ITT

2 December 2022: Deadline for receipt of Stage 2 submissions

January 2023: Interviews with Jury Panel

Stage 1: Selection panel

Jury Panel

The Panel assessing the Stage 1 submissions will include:

Lord Matthew Taylor, Past, Planning and Garden Communities Policy Advisor to Government
Russ Edwards – Project Director, Latimer
Michele King – Community Liaison Manager, Latimer
Rebecca Ogunmodede – Development Apprentice, Latimer
Miles Lewis – Group Director Sustainability, Clarion
Ayo Allu – DT&I Director, Latimer


Latimer is the development arm of Clarion Housing Group. We exist to build homes and create communities, playing our part in tackling the housing crisis by building high quality homes and creating sustainable and thriving communities. The profits from Latimer schemes are reinvested into Clarion Housing Group to build more affordable homes, improve and maintain existing homes and support communities through the Group’s charitable foundation, Clarion Futures.

What sets Latimer apart is our long-term commitment to the people who live in our homes. Our model is not to build and then move onto the next site. We are long-term stewards of place, committed to building sustainable and thriving communities.
Web: www.latimerhomes.com

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Location: Tendring / Colchester, Essex, south east England, United Kingdom

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