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Design comp for JCB redevelopment site

JCB has launched a Royal Institute of British Architects design competition to select a team to develop a masterplan for the redevelopment of its Heavy Products site in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

The company intends to vacate its Balance Street site and relocate the JCB Heavy Products business to a new, larger and more accessible £40 million plant next to the JCB World Parts Centre on the A50 on the outskirts of Uttoxeter.

The relocation of the factory presents an opportunity to redevelop the town centre site. JCB Chairman, Sir Anthony Bamford, has already stated that he wants the redevelopment to leave “a legacy” to the town. The Bamford family has links to Uttoxeter stretching back almost 200 years.

Sir Anthony said: “I am taking a personal involvement in this project to ensure that the redevelopment is of the highest possible standard.”

RIBA has invited architectural practices to submit expressions of interest in the competition, after which up to six teams will be invited to produce some design work for the redevelopment. The remit of the competition is for a scheme that will enhance the overall context of the area and deliver a mix of uses.

An application for planning permission for the redevelopment has already been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council.