Consultants appointed to support creation of Lichfield city centre master plan

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David Lock Associates, specialists in town planning and urban design, have been appointed to drive forward new plans for Lichfield city centre.

Lichfield District Council has appointed David Lock Associates to help it shape a new master plan for Lichfield city centre. The plan will be created with the views of residents from across the district, local businesses, partners and more, and will make sure that Lichfield city meets the needs of its growing and changing population in years to come.

Iain Eadie, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said:

“We were very impressed with David Lock Associates’ creative and inclusive approach to public and stakeholder consultation, which is a vital element of creating the new master plan.

“The new plan, which will include proposals for the future of the Birmingham Road Site and its interaction with the overall city centre, is essential if we are to develop Lichfield city positively for future generations.

“I am looking forward to working closely with the team as they continue our work to gather local views and ideas. I am also excited to see those ideas start to take shape in the form of draft plans that will be tested with local people to make sure they fit the city’s and local people’s needs.”

The David Lock Associates team, supported by Integrated Transport Planning and Springboard, were appointed following a competitive tender exercise. Tenders were appraised on a number of key criteria, ranging from the team’s experience in delivering master planning exercises, their approach to developing a vision for the city centre, their processes for maintaining quality and the experience and knowledge of team members.

Councillor Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said:

“I’m delighted we have appointed David Lock Associates. The team comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and have helped towns and cities across the country to reimagine and create new and sustainable futures.

“David Lock Associates competed against sixteen other nationally respected companies to be awarded the work. We were particularly impressed with their track record in delivering new master plans for historic UK towns and cities, such as Chichester and Bury St Edmunds.”

Iain Eadie, concluded:

“We are now working closely with the team at David Lock to confirm the timeline for the development of the master plan and we look forward to work taking place over the summer months.”

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Matthew Lapin, of David Lock Associates, said:

“We were absolutely delighted to take on the commission to develop a master plan supporting a vibrant and sustainable future of Lichfield city centre.

“The city has huge potential to build on its already enviable assets, and become a place where local residents can access the right local services and facilities, where businesses can thrive and grow, and where tourist feel welcomed and want to return.

“We are looking forward to working with people and businesses across the city to help the council articulate and shape a future plan that is both aspirational and deliverable.”

Published: 30 July 2019