Pre-Qualification Questionnaire

Phase 1a

PQQ's should be sent via email to by no later than 14:00 on Thursday 26 July 2018.

The file should be named as follows:
‘Practice Name_PQQ.pdf’

Entries received after the deadline will not be accepted.


PQQ .doc PQQ Guide .pdf

PQQ.doc updated on 10 July 2018

Animal Centres of the Future

Open Design Competition

Competition Client

The competition client is the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSCPA). The competition is being managed and administered by RIBA Competitions to whom all queries relating to the competition should be addressed.


The competition is open to architect-led teams in with the United Kingdom. Architects should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Entrants should note that teams progressing to the second phase of the competition will be required to demonstrate their ability to deliver not only this project but future potential projects for the RSPCA within the UK.

No member or employee of the client body, the evaluation panel, or any partner, close associate or employee of them is eligible to compete or assist a competitor.

How to Register and Enter

Phase 1a

PQQ Submissions should be submitted electronically to by 14:00 on Thurs 26 July 2018.

Entries received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Phase 1b

Applicants that satisfy the requirements of the PQQ will be notified and then be eligible to register with RIBA Competitions to obtain a Unique Registration Number [URN]. Applicants may only submit an entry to the competition if they have satisfied the requirements of the PQQ and are in possession of a URN.

At Phase 1b the competition is subject to a non-refundable registration and administration fee of £50+VAT. A link to register, obtain a URN and make this payment will be sent to successful applicants.

Once your payment has been processed, you will be issued with a Unique Registration Number (URN) a Declaration of Authorship Form and additional competition documents.

Declaration & Acceptance of Competition Regulations

By signing the declaration teams acknowledge authorship of the design ideas, and by signing it, competitors agree to abide by the competition conditions and the decision of the Evaluation Panel as final. The completed declaration form should be uploaded to the digital entry system along with the design submission.

Please note the team members stated on the declaration form will be used as the credits in all promotional activity so please ensure this is reflected accurately.

Evaluation Panel

The Evaluation Panel (which may be subject to change) is expected to comprise:

Name Position/Organisation
Amy Quirk Director of Operations, RSPCA
James Stevens Regional Manager NW, RSPCA
Chris Wainwright Director of comms/Chief executive
Adam Smith Property and Estates Representatives
Hewitt Grant Property and Estates Representatives
Sasha Bhavan Director, KnoxBhavan Architects, Acting as the RIBA Adviser
Hannah Rylatt Competitions Officer, RIBA Competitions (Observer only)*

* Hannah Rylatt will attend the assessments to document the competition process and provide procedural support.

In the event of an Evaluation Panel member being unable to continue to act through illness or any other cause, the RSCPA, in consultation with the RIBA, reserves the right to appoint an alternative Panel member.

Competition Timetable

The anticipated programme, which may be subject to variation, is as follows:

Competition Launch 03 July 2018
Deadline for Questions on PQQ 13 July 2018
Response to PQQ Questions issued 17 July 2018
Deadline for Phase 1a PQQ returns 14:00, 26 July 2018
Assessment of PQQ returns 30 July 2018
Teams notified of their ability to proceed to the Design Phase & Additional documents issued 02 Aug 2018
Deadline for Phase 1b Questions 17 Aug 2018
Phase 1b Design Deadline 14:00, 12 Sept 2018
Assessment of Phase 1b Designs 19 Sept 2018
Shortlist notified & Phase 2 brief and feedback issued 24 Sept 2018
Site visit and briefing for shortlisted teams 27 Sept 2018
Deadline for Phase 2 Designs 14:00, 30 Oct 2018
Online Exhibition TBC
Final interviews/Presentations 14 Nov 2018
Notification and result announced 19 Nov 2018


Phase 1a – Questions relating to the PQQ must be submitted to RIBA Competitions at before close of business on Friday 13 July 2018.

Phase 1b – Questions relating to the Competition Brief and Conditions must be submitted to RIBA Competitions at before close of business on Friday 17 Aug 2018.


Phase 1a PQQ – The PQQ will be evaluated by a non-panel member to determine the team's capacity to deliver this project and potential future projects with the RSPCA. Only teams with compliant PQQ responses will be offered the opportunity to submit a design concept to be evaluated anonymously by the evaluation panel and be considered for Phase 2 of the competition.

Phase 1b Design Concept – Submissions will be evaluated anonymously, via use of the Unique Registration Number (URN) issued at the time of Registration. The URN should be prominently displayed on each of the design submission sheets, report and declaration form. Please refer to the section "How to Register" to obtain a URN.

Any design submission that has identifying marks (including logos, text, insignia, or images that could be used to identify the submission's authors) will be automatically disqualified.


Submissions shall be excluded from the Competition:

  • If an entrant shall disclose his or her identity within the design concept submission (Phase 1b), or improperly attempt to influence the decision;
  • If received after the latest time stated under Phase 1 Submission Method;
  • If, in the opinion of the Evaluation Panel, it does not fulfil the requirements of the Competition Brief;
  • If any of the mandatory requirements of the Competition Brief and Conditions are disregarded.

Evaluation Criteria

The submissions will be evaluated on the basis of the following selection criteria.

Phase 1
Overall quality of the design approach and the proposals ability to fulfil the projects aspirations 30%
Understanding of and response to the brief including environmental, economic sustainability and potential for future replication 30%
Approach to collaboration 20%
Apparent potential deliverability within the stated budget 20%
Phase 2
Quality of the design response, including response to the site, project constraints and its ability to meet the RSCPA's aspirations and requirements 30%
Understanding and viability to deliver the project with budget 25%
Ability to deliver the project and work collaboratively in partnership with the client's team 25%
Submission of a competitive Fee Proposal, to include the full proposed design team, whilst demonstrating a sufficient level of resourcing to deliver the quality and scope of design services required 20%

The Selection Criteria will be assessed based on Judging Panel members' understanding of the submitted materials and reports, the presentations by each team, as well as internal and external technical advice.

Phase 2 Site visits

Site visits will be offered at Phase 2 on 27 September 2018. Please note that no more than five attendees from each practice will be accepted. Further details will be provided to shortlisted teams.


An online exhibition of the designs will be held on the competition website.

Publicity and announcement of result

The competition results will be published after all entrants have been notified. Please note that any requests for feedback should be submitted to RIBA Competitions within one calendar month of a shortlist, or a result being announced.

Entrants must not release their designs for publication to any 3rd parties until after the shortlist or result has been officially announced and permission has been granted from the RIBA. Entrants should note that by entering the competition they are expected to honour the request for confidentiality to prevent information of the shortlist or the winning team being leaked to the Press before any official announcement is made.

The RIBA reserve the right to publicise the competition, any design submission, and the result in any promotional activity, including all social media channels, they consider fit. Illustrations of any design - either separately, or together with other designs, with or without explanatory text - may be used without cost. Once anonymity has been lifted, authors will be credited and recognised in all associated media and publicity. This information will be taken from the declaration form so please ensure the details are accurate.

Post Competition Commitment

The RSPCA are looking to take the design concept to detailed design and planning within six months of the design competition, with the chosen supplier potentially being retained by the society as their preferred architectural supplier nationally.


It is intended that five teams will be selected to proceed to the second phase. Each shortlisted team who submits a phase 2 entry will each receive an honorarium of £5,000 +VAT. The RSPCA undertakes to pay the honorarium within six weeks of the conclusion of the competition. Invoices for payment should be submitted to RIBA Competitions.


The ownership of Copyright will be in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, that is Copyright rests with the author of the submitted design.

Post competition

The role of RIBA Competitions is limited to the administration and management of the competition process. The RIBA will have no further role once the winner has been selected and competitors notified.


The competition is being managed and administered by RIBA Competitions on behalf the RSPCA.

The RSPCA, the RIBA Adviser, or any other members of the evaluation panel should not be contacted for information as this may lead to disqualification from the competition.