Salisbury Market Place and Public Realm Strategy Competition


A team led by Letts Wheeler Architects has been chosen following an RIBA competition, to develop a landscape and public realm scheme in the historic city of Salisbury.


The competition seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified architects and landscape architects (the consultants) for the design of a scheme for the renaissance of the Salisbury Market Place. The successful consultant will also be expected to produce a city public realm strategy.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project, EoI, Restricted, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Cityscape, Community, Landscape
Country Salisbury, UK
RegDeadline 16 September 2008 GoogleCal iCal
16 September 2008 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Multi-disciplinary teams which may be led by an architect or landscape architect, with experience and a proven track record in the delivery of sustainable and innovative public realm urban design solutions.

Market Place:
The overall objectives of this project are to design and implement a high quality scheme which improves, enhances and reclaims the Market Place, Guildhall Square and surrounding areas as a high quality focal space for the city. This will be a vibrant, welcoming place that is a showpiece of modern public realm design in an historic setting. Formulation of this scheme requires a sound understanding of urban design, historic environment issues, transport and development issues/opportunities. It also requires a clear appreciation of the overarching requirements for securing a sustainable form of development, which benefits all users.

Public Realm Strategy:
The Salisbury Vision contains a number of important public realm projects including the enhancement of the city’s medieval chequers area.
The winning consultant at stage 2 will also be required to develop a public realm strategy for the city centre which will act as a guide and masterplan for all public realm work. A brief for the public realm strategy will be made available to the winning consultant.

The Jury Panel will include representatives from the promoters plus an architectural adviser
representing the RIBA.

Design Commission
Teams (maximum of six) shortlisted for stage 2 will each receive an honorarium of £5,000 (plus VAT) as a contribution towards their costs.

Entry Fee

Expressions of interest should comprise the completed pre-qualification questionnaire (pqq) plus 15 pages of A4 (maximum, including all text and images) to provide the following information :
- an introduction to the lead consultant and motivational statement
- details of proposed consultants
- your experience and ability to fulfill the expectations and requirements set out in 8.0 above, and examples of similar work showing evidence of innovative solutions to urban spaces from concept through to successful implementation (please identify clearly whether the projects are of the lead consultant or team members, also identify projects where the proposed team has worked together previously)
- CVs of key team members

Submission Address
RIBA Competitions Office
6 Melbourne Street
Leeds LS2 7PS
T : ++44 (0) 113 2341335

Meeting to select shortlist: w/c 22 September 2008
Brief issued to shortlist: w/c 29 September 2008
Receipt of Stage 2 submissions: 28 November 2008
Public consultation of shortlisted entries: 5-30 January 2009
Final judging / shortlist interviews: w/c 9 February 2009
Winner announced: 26 February 2009
Winning team develop public realm strategy: 1 March – 1 July 2009

Salisbury District Council and Salisbury District Council

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