Invited Design Competition

The client group is seeking submissions for an Invited Design Competition from multi-disciplinary design teams with exceptional and specialist design skills in order to deliver a new cultural venue for The Maltings in Berwick-upon-Tweed.


The Maltings current Eastern Lane venue is no longer fit for purpose and the Maltings (Berwick) Trust has worked in partnership with Northumberland County Council (NCC) to secure Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal funding to deliver a 21st century venue on the existing site that transforms the customer experience, hosts a significantly enhanced programme, and acts as a major catalyst for the year round regeneration of Berwick-upon-Tweed.



Project Aims


Competition Format

The design team is being procured by the Client in accordance with the requirements of the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation (CPN) as set out within Regulation 29 of PCR15.

Phase One is a Selection Questionnaire (SQ) which requests relevant experience and approach to the project especially from the designers; and information on the proposed team composition.

A shortlist of up to five teams will be selected for Phase Two, the Invitation to Participate in the negotiation phase. The negotiation phase will be restricted to design-related considerations, with the opportunity for participants to discuss and develop their design concept with the client. This will take the form of a competition workshop with each team.

Each team invited to submit a Final Tender who then submits a compliant tender and makes a presentation at the clarification interview will receive an honorarium payment of GBP £5,000 (+VAT). Honorarium payments will be paid following submission and presentation of design proposals at a final interview.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are sought from UK/Europe/worldwide based architect-led multi-disciplinary design teams.

Each applicant’s multi-disciplinary design team should consist of but is not limited to the services of a structural engineer, landscape architect and mechanical/electrical engineer and specialist theatre/venue designer.

The lead architect firm must include an architect who has the right to practise in the country where they are qualified or in the country where they currently reside or practise. UK-based applicants should therefore be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) with overseas-based applicants registered with an equivalent regulatory body.

Architects with more limited experience may wish to consider collaborating with another practice, but the proposed delivery arrangement should be clearly articulated in the return. Teams based remotely from the UK should demonstrate their ability to deliver the project from within the UK should they be successful.

An anonymous public exhibition of all five submissions may be held prior to a presentation and interview with the Evaluation Panel to determine a winner. It is expected the winner will then be invited to enter into contract with Northumberland County Council.

Evaluation Panel

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

Name Affiliation
Ros Lamont Executive Director, The Maltings (Berwick) Trust
Megan Mullarkey Project Manager, Advance Northumberland
Euan Macdonald RIBA Architect Adviser & Partner Hawkins\Brown
Andrew Mowbray Head of Project Management Advance Northumberland
Damon Barnaby Project Manager Northumberland County Council

In the event of a Panel member being unable to act through illness or any other cause, the Client Group, in consultation with RIBA Competitions & NCC, reserves the right to appoint an alternative Panel member.


Northumberland County Council as the Contracting Authority are managing the competition through the ProContract e-tendering portal. Please register to access all documentation.

The reference number specific to The Maltings tender is DN582146.