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Opportunities Hub: Contracts, competitions and finding new work

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Julie Butterworth

Find the contest that will test your creativity and get your practice noticed, from small-scale ideas projects and single design opportunities to multidisciplinary masterplanning and landmark commissions

The House of Architecture @ RIBA: The Institute's 66 Portland Place headquarters.
The House of Architecture @ RIBA: The Institute's 66 Portland Place headquarters. Credit: RIBA

Competitive interview process

RIBA LONDON HQ REDEVELOPMENT

Masterplan and design for grade II* listed 66 Portland Place first phase refurbishment

The RIBA is seeking expressions of interest for design and masterplanning of a refurbishment of its grade II*-listed 1930s, George Grey Wornum-designed London headquarters at 66 Portland Place. The project aims to deliver a fully accessible building with new infrastructure and services that include flexible, future-proofed facilities for RIBA members, the public and staff. The design will incorporate five hubs plus a flexible office environment and four gallery spaces. The winning entrant, to be chosen through a competitive interview process from a shortlist of six, will be appointed as lead architect and will be required to work with the RIBA to produce high-quality designs, initially to deliver a RIBA Stage 0/1 feasibility. The intention is that the lead architect will be retained for all project stages beyond feasibility. They will be expected to manage the project, co-ordinate the design team members, and determine next steps of the strategic masterplan. The first phase has an estimated budget of £20 million.

Prize Each shortlisted entrant invited to interview will receive an honorarium of £5,000 +VAT.

Eligibility Expressions of interest are sought from current accredited RIBA chartered practices. If an entrant is based outside the UK, an indication of how they will be able to deliver this project from within the UK will be required.

Evaluation panel Simon Allford, RIBA president; Simone de Gale, RIBA Board member and honorary treasurer; Liam McConnell, RIBA head of estates & facilities; Murray Orr, RIBA Board member (business & enterprise); Jack Pringle, chair of the RIBA Board; MaryAnne Stevens, RIBA Board member (heritage); Alan Vallance, RIBA chief executive; and Sarah Williams, RIBA architect advisor.

Location London

Deadlines Questions by 18 January 2022. Submissions of expressions of interest by 2pm, 1 February 2022. Notification to successful and unsuccessful entrants: 24 February 2022.

To apply or find out more, go the RIBA Competitions website


 

LSE at 35 Lincoln's Inn Fields: Looking for a design-led team with exceptional architectural skills.
LSE at 35 Lincoln's Inn Fields: Looking for a design-led team with exceptional architectural skills.

Project competition

LSE 35 LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS

London School of Economics’ RIBA design competition for £120 million landmark zero-carbon academic building plus public realm (35 LIF)

The LSE is seeking expressions of interest from design-led teams with exceptional architectural skills and an emphasis on innovative design collaborations for its Firoz Lalji Global Hub. The winner will be appointed to develop the design for a new building through to construction and will be novated to a design-and-build contractor. Jury and advisory panel members include representatives from the LSE, its students' union, an external architects' representative, the RIBA and planning and sustainability consultants. The gross estimated budget is £120 million. 

Prize Honorarium of £20,000 plus VAT, plus construction

Eligibility Open, international, multidisciplinary

Location London

Deadline Expressions of interest by 2pm, 21 January 2022. In February 2022 a shortlist of up to six design teams will be selected from which the winning team will be chosen.

To apply or find out more, go the RIBA Competitions website


 

The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed: Seeking a multidisciplinary team that includes a structural engineer, landscape architect, mechanical/electrical engineer and specialist theatre/venue designer.
The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed: Seeking a multidisciplinary team that includes a structural engineer, landscape architect, mechanical/electrical engineer and specialist theatre/venue designer. Credit: Colin Davison

Project competition

THE MALTINGS, BERWICK-UPON-TWEED

RIBA competition for multidisciplinary design team to deliver landmark cultural attraction and visitor centre

Organisers are after a focal point for visitors and residents that will be a key driver for Berwick-upon-Tweed's culture-led regeneration. The building will replace an existing structure that is no longer fit for purpose, extending to build a new theatre and repurposing spaces as cinemas, upgrading and moving other facilities and contributing to the public realm as an anchor for the town centre. The Maltings (Berwick) Trust is the primary cultural organisation in the area, operating across three separate venues in the centre of Berwick. 

Prize Honorarium of £5,000 plus VAT, plus construction

Eligibility Open. UK/Europe/worldwide-based architect-led multidisciplinary design teams. Each applicant’s team should consist of, but is not limited to, a structural engineer, landscape architect, mechanical/electrical engineer and specialist theatre/venue designer.

Evaluation panel Ros Lamont, executive director, The Maltings (Berwick) Trust, Megan Mullarkey, project manager, Advance Northumberland, Euan Macdonald, RIBA architect advisor and partner Hawkins\Brown, Andrew Mowbray, head of project management Advance Northumberland, Damon Barnaby, project manager Northumberland County Council.

Location Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Deadline 2pm, 24 January 2022 for Phase One, a selection questionnaire requesting relevant experience, approach to the project and team composition. A shortlist of up to five teams will be selected for Phase Two, the invitation to participate in a competition workshop. Each team is then invited to submit a final tender and attend an interview. 

To apply or find out more, go to the RIBA Competitions website


 

Merseyside Maritime Museum occupies the Hartley Pavilion alongside the International Slavery Museum.
Merseyside Maritime Museum occupies the Hartley Pavilion alongside the International Slavery Museum. Credit: "Merseyside Maritime Museum - Albert Dock, Liverpool" by ell brown is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://bit.ly/3Km62Gs

Contract

INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM AND MARITIME MUSEUM TRANSFORMATION PROJECT

Architectural design team sought for £1.75 million refurbishment of Hartley Pavilion and Martin Luther King Jr Building on Liverpool’s historic waterfront

National Museums Liverpool is looking to appoint an architectural design team to develop a transformation project for the two museums. According to the brief, works include the refurbishment of the Martin Luther King Jr Building and the Grade I-listed former warehouse Hartley Pavilion and the creation of a pedestrian bridge between the two. The scope of the project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and further funding applications are being sought. The contract is envisaged to be for 60 months and anticipated to be let until the end of July 2023, with potential to be extended to autumn/winter 2026. Design is weighted at 40 per cent. Estimated total value excluding VAT is £1.75 million.

Eligibility Competitive procedure with negotiation. The architect is required to provide or procure a team of sub-consultants, including a building and structural engineer, MEP building services engineer, fire consultant and CDM principal designer. Relevant experience of working on projects of a similar size, scope, nature and complexity is a must.

Location Liverpool

Deadline Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate, 10am 7 February 2022. Invitations to tender or participate will go out to selected candidates (four) around 21 February 2022.

To apply or find out more, see the contract notice


 

Celebrating timber in pavilion form.
Celebrating timber in pavilion form. Credit: iStock / arnphoto

Ideas competition

TIMBER PAVILION

Open-to-all temporary pavilion contest designed to celebrate wood in construction

This is competition-organiser Bee Breeders' first annual timber pavilion ideas contest and it is intended as a celebration of timber as a building material. Participants are asked to choose a real or theoretical competition site for a temporary timber pavilion designed to showcase an exhibition about timber.

The pavilion should not exceed 50m2 and the contents of the exhibition should be included in the submitted designs. Teams are encouraged to explore the history and merits of timber construction, push the limits of its use and highlight its versatility and durability. The jury will be looking for projects that take an innovative approach. The jury will consist of architects and professionals from other backgrounds relevant to the competition's theme.

Prize €3,000 for first prize. €3,000 in runners-up prizes and special awards.

Eligibility Open to all, international. No professional qualification required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (four team members maximum).

Deadline: Registration by 27 April, 2022 (registration fees, from €100; or €90 for students). Project submissions by 11.59pm GMT, 8 June 2022. Winners announced, 13 July 2022.

To apply or find out more, go the competition website


 

Coffee shop with a difference: Hverfjall was created during a volcano eruption and is almost perfectly symmetrical but for a landslide.
Coffee shop with a difference: Hverfjall was created during a volcano eruption and is almost perfectly symmetrical but for a landslide. Credit: Mathias Rhode / Alamy Stock Photo

Project competition

ICELAND VOLCANO COFFEE SHOP

Open-to-all call for visitor centre and exhibition room designs for stunning location

Hverfjall’s volcanic explosion crater in northern Iceland is a popular hiking destination where visitors can access many parts of the crater via two approved public hiking trails. All other areas are restricted. Competition organiser Bee Breeders has partnered with Landeigendur Voga ehf (Landowners of Vogar farmland) and is calling for designs for a coffee shop at the base of the volcano. Facilities must include a new visitor centre and a small exhibition room. Winning designs will be put forward for construction. The jury will consist of architects and professionals from other backgrounds relevant to the competition theme.

Prize €5,000, plus construction for first prize. €5,000 in runners-up prizes and special awards.

Eligibility Open to all, international. No professional qualification required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (four team members maximum).

Location: Hverfjall volcano, northern Iceland.

Deadline Registration by 20 April, 2022 (registration fees, from €115; or €95 for students). Project submissions by 11.59pm GMT, 25 May 2022. Winners announced: 6 July 2022.

To apply or find out more, go the competition website


 

Credit: iStock/GoodLifeStudio

Contract

'SURF-SKATE' CONCRETE SKATE PARK, MORAY

Design and build community-led project for public open space. Experience in the building required

Lossiemouth Skatepark Initiative in partnership with Moray Council is planning a concrete skate park at Coulardbank Playing Fields in Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland. Lossiemouth is known as ‘the Jewel of Moray’ and organisers expect the skate park to reflect this. The design must include a variety of features outlined in the design specification. Entries are encouraged to incorporate local Lossiemouth features, such as  Lossiemouth Lighthouse and wave themes. Overall design aesthetics make up 30 per cent of the evaluation framework. The budget to progress and deliver is around £175,000 plus VAT. 

Eligibility Open. Entrants must have designed at least two concrete skate parks built within the past three years. Names and contact details are required. 

Location Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland

Deadline Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate, 12 noon, 11 February 2022. 

To apply or find out more, see the contract notice


 

Seeking treehouse designs that work in and around Kew’s Living Collections.
Seeking treehouse designs that work in and around Kew’s Living Collections. Credit: Sunlight in the Arboretum © Jeff Eden _ RBG Kew

Project competition

TREEHOUSES AT KEW

Two-stage contest for direct commissions of three designs by architects for Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the Museum of Architecture are looking for treehouse designs for one of three selected trees in Kew’s 130ha site using CLT. This is a two-stage competition. Organisers encourage the use of creative and architectural thinking to design in and around Kew’s Living Collections and encourage submissions from collaborations. They are particularly looking for teams with participants from diverse backgrounds. Visuals that respond to the specific tree’s theme will be given priority in the selection criteria, with design having equal weighting to buildability and an inspirational project statement. Alongside representatives from RBG Kew, the jury includes architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright, artist and designer Morag Myerscough, Manijeh Verghese, head of public programmes at the Architectural Association and RIBA president Simon Allford. Each treehouse has a total budget of £139,500 + VAT. The exhibition Treehouses at Kew is scheduled to open in April 2023.

Prize Stage 2 shortlisted architects will be given £2,500 + VAT to develop their idea to be presented to a jury. Three winning teams will be awarded £10,000 + VAT each to complete the project.

Eligibility Open, international

Location London

Deadline Expressions of interest by 12 noon GMT, 7 February 2022. Nine shortlisted practices (three per tree) will proceed to Stage 2, week commencing 14 February 2022.

To apply or find out more, go the competition's website


 

Tate Liverpool: Looking for talents to rework the James Stirling-designed gallery.
Tate Liverpool: Looking for talents to rework the James Stirling-designed gallery. Credit: Tate Liverpool © Rob Battersby

Contract

TATE LIVERPOOL REFURBISHMENT

Architect sought for major reimagining of galleries, social spaces and visibility on Royal Albert Dock waterfront

The project, which has received a central government grant for initial funding, aims to create gallery spaces that meet the scale and ambition of today’s most exciting artists, as well as social spaces that better connect with the city and its communities. The works are expected to transform the usability and ease the transition between social and gallery environments with more engaging routes through the building. Design philosophy is weighted equally with resourcing, team structure and past experience. The evaluation panel is made up of Tate officers and external expert consultants, including a design representative for the second (shortlist) stage. The target budget is £25 million and it is due to complete in 2025. 

Prize Honorarium to be decided.

Eligibility Open. Tate Liverpool is looking to appoint an architect, lead designer and heritage consultant through this process. Bidders should be able to provide all of these services, whether directly in-house or subcontracted through a partner organisation. 

Location Liverpool

Deadline Submissions via standard supplier questionnaire (SQ) by 12 noon, 4 February 2022. Notification of shortlist, 18 February 2022.

To apply or find out more, see the contract notice


 

University of St Andrews: The winning team will transform the site of the former Madras College.
University of St Andrews: The winning team will transform the site of the former Madras College. Credit: "Madras College, St Andrews, Fife" by Robert Cutts is licensed under CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://bit.ly/3KlkDlN

Contract

MADRAS NEW COLLEGE BUILDING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

Architect and lead designer for new-build social sciences hub and historic buildings refurbishment

The redevelopment of the town centre Madras site includes a new-build element of around 8,000m² for a centre of excellence for research and teaching in the social sciences. The restored and refurbished historic buildings cover approximately 2,000m² and include an early 19th-century building with a neo-Jacobean frontage, plus outbuildings and a neo-medieval quadrangle behind it. Plans are to retain and reconfigure all buildings. The New College will be the largest single building complex in the St Andrews Faculty of Arts. Its suite of teaching spaces will include a raked, active lecture theatre, larger flat-floored lecture/seminar spaces, 25-seat seminar rooms and three specialised computer classrooms. The organisers are looking for a building that fits sensitively into its historic setting and fully reflects a commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility. The project must achieve a minimum of BREEAM Excellent, EPC A rating and be carbon neutral in its operation. Value estimated at around £100 million.

Eligibility Restricted. 

Location St Andrews, Scotland.

Deadline Time limit for requests to participate, 12 noon, 3 February 2022. Invitations to tender (five candidate limit), 27 May 2022.

To apply or find out more, see the contract notice


 

Upper Loch Torridon In Scotland's Northwest Highlands.
Upper Loch Torridon In Scotland's Northwest Highlands. Credit: iStock / simonbradfield

Contract

TORRIDON GATEWAY EXPERIENCE

Design and project management of new Northwest Highlands visitor centre

The National Trust for Scotland is planning to replace the existing Countryside Centre on Torridon estate in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland with a new Torridon Gateway. Its proposed location is on the junction for Torridon village, off the A896 between Kinlochewe and Shieldaig. Torridon is surrounded by three mountains that are considered some of the finest in Scotland: Beinn Alligin, Beinn Eighe and Liathach. The trust is looking to incorporate external features such as a natural/wild play area, bird feeding area, mountain plant garden and a nearby deer museum. It is keen for visitors to sense and feel a connection to the surrounding landscape and local habitats. The competition brief says it is also 'open to suggestions as to how to recreate the centre in a modern way that reflects current pressures and needs and yet reflects the long-standing heritage of Torridon Estate. This is a unique opportunity to create something really special and prominent in a fabulous setting in one of the most celebrated landscapes in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland.'  At the end of the process (May/June 2022) a preferred architect will be commissioned to develop detailed plans and project manage the building of the new Torridon Gateway and its surroundings.

Prize Shortlisted architects will be provided with a fixed sum of £5,000 to help cover the cost of submitting initial concept designs.

Eligibility Open. 

Location Torridon, Northwest Highlands of Scotland.

Deadline Time limit for requests to participate, 12 noon, 24 January 2022. Shortlist invited for interview, February 2022. Deadline for shortlisted architects to submit concept designs and visualisations, April/May 2022.

To apply or find out more, see the contract notice


 

Contract

NEW CLUBHOUSE PAVILION, WING

Design and build project for public open space in Buckinghamshire

Wing Parish Council is looking to appoint a design and build contractor for a bowls clubhouse pavilion at Wing Recreation Ground in Wing, Buckinghamshire. According to the contract notice, works 'will include the demolition of the exiting Bowls Clubhouse, construction of a new pavilion for bowls and football clubs and community use, car park extension and amendment to the vision splay and necessary drainage works'. Planning permission for the new pavilion has been granted and the council is keen to consider alternative simpler form building designs that can deliver the requirements. The football changing rooms and facilities need to be to Football Association standards. The winning bid will be the one with the lowest cost per quality point as set out in the evaluation criteria. Value, £800,000 excluding VAT. 

Eligibility Open. 

Location Wing, Buckinghamshire

Deadline Receipt of tenders or requests to participate now the end of 11 February 2022.

To apply or find out more, see the contract notice


 

Contract

DONEGALL PASS INITIATIVE, BELFAST

Community hub and historic building refurbishment

Clanmil Housing is looking for an architect-led design team to work on the proposed Donegall Pass Good Relations Hub. The project aims to bring the south Belfast community together, building trust, relationships and capacity regardless of abilities, community background, age or ethnicity. Central to the venture is the restoration and reimagining of the listed former Donegall Pass police station, a historically and culturally significant building, purpose-built in 1906 as a Girls' Friendly Society – the oldest Church of Ireland organisation established for girls and women. The aim is to bring the building back into sustainable long-term use for the benefit of the local and surrounding communities, helping to deliver a fully shared, welcoming and iconic symbol of integration and collaborative working. 

Eligibility Open. Sufficient experience required of three works projects of a similar scale, scope and complexity. 

Location Belfast.

Deadline Time limit for requests to participate, now extended to 12 noon, 24 January 2022 from 12 noon, 10 January 2022.

To apply or find out more, see the contract notice


 

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