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Southend Queensway Masterplan

IBI Group was engaged by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to masterplan the transformation of the Queensway Estate – a mixed-use but predominantly residential area located at a strategically important gateway to Southend’s town centre.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Essex, UK
2015 Start Date
2018 Completion

IBI Group was initially engaged to enhance the Council’s approach and worked with officers and the council’s development consultants to determine a deliverable development option. IBI subsequently prepared an Outline Planning Application with full Environmental Impact Assessment to support the council in selecting a development partner through a Competitive Dialogue procedure.

IBI also supported the council’s community engagement with ‘Day in a Life’ workshops to explore how regeneration can bring real improvement to quality of life.

IBI’s work addressed complex engineering constraints to deck over part of the Queensway ring road, recapturing land for development. The resulting masterplan proposed up to 1,300 new homes with townhouses and apartments integrated into blocks around parking podia and communal courtyards to achieve efficient site utilisation. A new public realm is achieved by creating walkable links into the town centre and by activating street frontages throughout.

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Marcus Wilshere

Studio Associate Director
London, UK

London, UK

Marcus leads IBI’s masterplanning team in the South-East of England, bringing over 30 years’ experience in mixed-use development for both public and private sector clients.

Marcus works across IBI’s sectors, combining our expertise in health, education and technology into a distinctive approach to place-making, providing advice to NHS England for their Healthy New Town programme; and leading on projects that link place quality with innovation, including the Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District and Lancaster University’s Health Innovation Campus.

Marcus’s regeneration plan for Barnsley won the 2016 Masterplanner of the Year Award and he is currently advising Southend Council on procurement of a development partner for a major regeneration project.

International projects include a master plan for Orléans, a university campus in Qijianga, China and a new township in Pune, India. Marcus is currently working on a series of pilot projects for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.