RIBA Competitions is pleased to announce the launch of an invited design competition and tender submission on behalf of Kingston University. Expressions of Interest are sought from multi-disciplinary, architect-led teams based within the European Union with strong design and delivery skills for a major new building project at the University’s Penrhyn Road Campus in Kingston-upon-Thames.
The New Town House Building will reinforce Kingston University’s vision to be internationally recognised for its creative approach to education, with practical outcomes that benefit people and communities. It will replace an existing building on the site and occupy a prominent position on the northern edge of the Penrhyn Road Campus. The new landmark building will serve as the public face of the University and provide a welcoming gateway to the campus that will be inclusive, contemporary and civic. It will be a student facing buiding and is currently expected to accommodate a larger and enhanced learning resources centre (LRC), bringing together theory, practice, doing and making. The University also wants to provide better access to key student support services and to create a multi-function auditorium. This combination of functions would allow the University to support its learning community and to showcase what it does.
Following the pre-qualification phase, 5 architect-led teams (to also include a Building Services Designer, Structural & Civil Engineer and a Landscape Designer) will be invited to submit a tender return and design concepts outlining the proposed architectural, building services and structural approach, together with suggestions for improving legibility of the Penrhyn Road Campus. Each short-listed team will receive an honorarium of £6,000 (+VAT) which will be paid following submission and presentation of Stage 2 design proposals at a clarification interview.
A Memorandum of Information giving further details about the project and the pre-qualification process (including submission of questionnaire with illustrative case studies of previously delivered projects) is available via Kingston University’s e-tendering system via: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/kingstonuniversity/aspx/Home, and relates to the University’s Contract Notice published under OJEU Ref: 2013/S 101-173304. Please visit www.architecture.com/competitions and follow the link to Live Competitions to obtain the Unique Registration Number that must accompany the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire - the deadline for completed PQQ returns is 2.00pm (BST) on Monday 24 June 2013.