St Stephens Masterplan


CABE enabling worked with Norwich City Council to create an outline masterplan for the St Stephens area of the city.

The process included specific objectives and procedures that promoted design quality, and a robust procurement strategy.

CABE were able to match the council’s keen enthusiasm with experienced advice about working on such a large-scale project. With CABE support, the council was able to emphasise to stakeholders the importance of design quality and the specific benefits of a cohesive masterplan for the long-term development of the area.

The result was the successful appointment of an appropriate design consultant, well briefed to develop an outline masterplan aligned to the council’s objectives.

The outline masterplan was widely consulted on and received broad support for its proposals, vindicating both the procurement strategy and final choice of consultant. These significant impacts were achieved with 10 days of CABE enabler engagement over a period of six months.

How CABE enabling helped

  • worked with the client to write a clear and succinct brief for the masterplan process
  • worked with stakeholders and Norwich City Council officers to give them the skills to participate in briefing, evaluation and selection processes
  • used CABE enabler Stephanie Al-Wahid to support the design quality manager, acting as a safety net and a sounding board
  • helped the stakeholder group to draw up a list of practices to tender for the masterplan, and ensured these practices were provided with comprehensive information to work with
  • helped to get good design outcomes from the submissions.

Key lessons

  • A wide-ranging steering group helped to create consensus and trust
  • Breaking down the masterplanning process into small, manageable sections made the project more efficient
  • Collaborative working enabled the council to learn from the CABE enabler’s previous experience.
  • The key masterplan proposals will be incorporated into local planning policies.

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