Hertfordshire County Council has selected Urban&Civic as the master developer for the £500m Baldock North Urban Extension Project.
Urban&Civic will work in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to deliver up to 3,300 homes together with commercial uses and associated infrastructure, including new schools and a country park. Its proposal provides for the delivery of strategic infrastructure, payments to the Council and works/ strategies to deliver a scheme which integrates with the existing town of Baldock.
The appointment was through a competitive dialogue process managed on the Council’s behalf by Carter Jonas’ Strategic Land team and with legal advice from Sharpe Pritchard.
Scott Crudgington, Director of Resources at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Urban&Civic on this exciting urban extension scheme that will deliver much-needed new homes in Baldock. We have an ambitious sustainability agenda in Hertfordshire, and importantly for us, this isn’t just about building houses. We want to create sustainable communities with the infrastructure to support them, where people can live, work and travel in active and sustainable ways, and we’re confident that Urban&Civic are the right partner to help us do that.”
Nigel Hugill, Chief Executive of Urban&Civic plc said: “We are thrilled to have been selected by Hertfordshire County Council as preferred development partner at Baldock. An urban extension of regional significance including a new country park, wrapping around a fine historic town with strong rail connections is absolutely what Urban&Civic is set up to deliver. We look forward to working with the County and all local stakeholders to bring forward a fully sustainable landscape encompassing a range of homes, local facilities and high quality commercial space all linked by a network of footpaths and cycleways which properly integrate with and support the Baldock of today.”
Robert Smith, Head of the National Strategic Land at Carter Jonas commented: “The proposed partnership allows the Council to generate long term, sustainable financial receipts, have an active role in design and development of the urban extension and work with a leading operator in this field.