Network Rail planning decade-long work under Farrells masterplan

A £170m job to develop a major mixed-use scheme next to Hemel Hempstead station is up for grabs.

Network Rail and London and Continental Railways are looking to shortlist six developers for the 10 year job, described as a ‘gateway development’ for the Hertfordshire town.

Designed by architect Farrells, the masterplan for the 7.4 acre site will see the construction of around 450 homes, 40,000sq ft of commercial space, a new station square and a multi-storey car park.

Hemel Hempstead station scheme

Concept proposals for the 450-home scheme, located next to Hemel Hempstead station

It is yet to be approved by planners but in a contract notice, Network Rail and LCR said the plans had received a warm pre-application response from the local council.

Firms have until 14 March to send in bids for the job, which includes obtaining detailed planning permission, building out the development and working with Network Rail to “preserve and enhance the existing access to the station and the associated rail infrastructure”.

Network Rail said it wants to create a sustainable scheme at a key transport node which allows residents to commute into London in less than 30 minutes.