The government has made available up to £200m of infrastructure funding to kick start the proposed Ebbsfleet garden city development.
Aecom will lead a team comprising three sub-consultants: architect Maccreanor Lavington, property consultant Cushman & Wakefield, and landscape design studio Spacehub.
Aecom and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation plan to create distinctive communities across the 1,000 hectare development area, comprising up to 15,000 new homes.
Central to the new garden city development is Ebbsfleet International Rail Station on the High-Speed 1 rail line.
Aecom was appointed via its position on the Homes & Communities Agency’s Multi-disciplinary framework agreement. Work will start immediately, with the final framework masterplan due to be completed in 2016.
Aecom previously worked on the London 2012 Olympic Masterplan and legacy development, alongside masterplanning major community developments in Milton Keynes, at North West Cambridge and the new garden community at Whitehill-Bordon in Hampshire.
Aecom practice leader Andrew Jones said: “Ebbsfleet is the most significant strategic framework masterplan to be commissioned in the UK since the Olympic Park. As well as creating a new and distinctive community with excellent connections to London and Europe, the garden city will be a well-designed, self-sufficient settlement where people want to live, work and visit. As the first to come forward, Ebbsfleet must leave a legacy that will shape a generation of contemporary garden cities.”