White Hart Street, Mansfield.

Invited Design Competition.

Mansfield District Council sought submissions from multi-disciplinary design teams with exceptional design skills to deliver a sensitive residential scheme in Mansfield Town Centre.

Shortlist Winner

The competition followed the ‘Competitive Procedure with Negotiation’ procurement process and following the application phase, five teams were selected to take part in the design phase of the competition.


An exciting opportunity exists to work with Mansfield District Council to make a transformational and aspirational change in Mansfield, a market town in Nottinghamshire.

The Council has acquired a strategically significant, derelict site in Mansfield’s town centre. The White Hart Street site sits within the Bridge Street and Market Place conservation area and contains a listed building and non-designated heritage assets. It forms a key part of the Church Street Quarter in the emerging town centre masterplan (Mansfield Town Centre Masterplan Draft September 2021).

Given the location of the site, the Council wishes to sensitively redevelop the area for residential purposes. The accommodation will be a mix of elderly person’s apartments and family housing owned by the Council. Such development supports the vision and priorities of the Council’s corporate strategy Making Mansfield: Towards 2030.

The Council is holding a design competition managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to secure an exemplar development that will have a significant impact on Mansfield’s town centre and its residents.

The Town of Mansfield.

Mansfield is located in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands and is the county’s largest town. It is situated in the Maun Valley around 12 miles north of Nottingham and lies on the western edge of the Sherwood Forest. Mansfield is the administrative centre of Mansfield District Council.

Referred to in the Domesday Book, Mansfield was granted a market charter in 1227 with markets still being held in the Market Place in the town centre.

The major industries that form part of Mansfield’s long industrial history include stone quarrying, framework knitting, precision engineering, coal mining and brewing. As with most coal mining areas, Mansfield district faced the challenges of the closure of coal pits. As a result, it has had to diversify becoming a base for manufacturing, offices and small to medium size enterprises.

Over time Mansfield town centre has developed and now acts as a major sub-regional centre for shopping within a large area of West Nottinghamshire and parts of East Derbyshire.

White Hart Street.

The White Hart Street area sits to the south-east of Mansfield’s Market Place and forms a large part of the Church Street Quarter.

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Town Centre Masterplan.

Mansfield, like other town centres across the country, has felt the effect of changing shopping habits. It is recognised that the town centre needs to adapt by offering a broader range of retail, leisure, cultural and civic services in order to remain vibrant.

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Church Street Quarter.

The masterplan sets out guidance for potential development sites with the town centre. The guidance for the sites has been divided into four key quarters of which one is the Church Street Quarter within which sits the White Hart Street site.

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Bridge Street and Market Place.

The site also sits within the Bridge Street and Market Place conservation area. The Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan forms part of the additional information to accompany this brief.

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Vision and Requirements.

The vision for the redevelopment of the White Hart Street site is to create an exemplar residential scheme that respects the heritage of Mansfield in particular the historic significance of the site itself at the same time as looking forward to the future.

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Overview of the Procurement Process.

The selection of an architect firm is being procured by Mansfield District Council in accordance with the requirements of the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation (CPN) as set out within Regulation 29 of The Public Contracts Regulations 2015:

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Phase 1: EoI with SQ

Phase One is a Selection Questionnaire which requests experience and track record relevant to the project especially from the designers; information on the proposed team composition including CV’s and completion of standard questions.


Phase 2: ITPN

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


Phase 3: ITSFT

Each team invited to submit a Final Tender who then submits a compliant tender and makes a presentation at the final interview will receive an honorarium payment of GBP £8,000 (+VAT). Honorarium payments will be paid following submission and presentation of design proposals at the final interview.