Competition Conditions

Competition Promoter

London Vauxhall – The Missing Link Competition is being promoted by Vauxhall One with management and support provided by RIBA Competitions.

Competition Format

The competition will be organised in the following stages:

Stage1: Submission of concept designs which will be assessed anonymously

Stage 2: A shortlist will be invited to further develop their concept designs and present them at interview in the second stage


The competition is open (internationally) to registered architects, landscape designers and architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines. Multi-disciplinary design teams are encouraged. Architects should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK, or a recognised overseas regulatory authority.

No member or employee of the promoting body, the jury panel, nor any partner, close associate or employee of them shall be eligible to compete or assist a competitor.


The competition is a call for ideas and whilst there is no firm commitment to develop the winning scheme post-competition, it is anticipated that funds may become available to implement the winning scheme.

How to Register / Enter

You may only submit an entry to the competition if you are officially registered through RIBA Competitions. The competition is subject to a non-refundable registration and administration fee of £50.00 + VAT for design professionals and £10.00 + VAT for design students. Please visit RIBA Competitions and follow the appropriate link under 'Live Competitions' to make an on-line payment.

Declaration of Authorship and Acceptance of Competition Regulations

Once your payment has been processed, you will be issued with a unique registration number, a Declaration Form and a DWG site plan. The declaration form acknowledges authorship of the design ideas submitted and by signing it, competitors agree to abide by the competition conditions and the decision of the jury panel. The completed Declaration Form should be placed in a sealed envelope to accompany the design material and should clearly bear the unique registration number in the top right hand corner of both the form and the envelope.

The declaration form must accompany the design submission – see Anonymity and Stage 1 Submission Requirements.

Competition Timetable

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

Official Competition launch

w/c Monday 14 January 2013

Organised site visits for registered entrants

Wednesday 6 February 2013

Deadline for Questions

Friday 15 February 2013

Response to Questions

Friday 22 February 2013

Registration Deadline

Thursday 7 March 2013

Submission Deadline

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Exhibition of All Designs / Public Consultation

w/c 8 April 2013

Assessment of Stage one designs and shortlist identified

w/c 22 April 2013

Final Interviews/ Presentations

w/c 20 May 2013

Announcement of result

End May 2013

Site Visits

Registered applicants only will have the opportunity of attending an organised site visit which will be held Wednesday 6 February 2013. Please contact RIBA Competitions to reserve a place. Places will be reserved on a first come first served basis with places limited to two per registered competitor in the first instance.

Jury Panel

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

In the event of a jury panel member being unable to continue to act through illness or any other cause, the promoter in consultation with the RIBA, reserves the right to appoint an alternative panel member.

Assessment Criteria

Designs will be assessed against the following criteria:

Stage 1 : -  Quality of the design and Green Links
-  Opportunities and ideas for Green interventions
-  Inventiveness and flair
-  Response to brief in making connections to the river and parks
-  Response to site and context
-  Clarity of presentation

Stage 2 : -  Viability of the submission
-  Ability to deliver the project


It is the intention to shortlist 3 schemes for the second stage and each shortlisted entrant will receive an honorarium of £2,000 + VAT. There will also be a prize for the best student entry of £500.


Questions relating to the competition brief and conditions must be sent to RIBA Competitions at by Friday 15 February 2013. A statement in response to all questions raised will be emailed to registered competitors by Friday 22 February 2013.

Submission Requirements
Stage 1

Competitors should note the Anonymity requirements and submit the following:

1 x A1 lightweight foam board to outline the design proposal. An identical but laminated copy of this A1 board should also be provided.

Two exhibitions of the designs will run concurrently. One board will be exhibited at the Garden Museum and the laminated copy board will be displayed in an outdoor architectural trail through the Vauxhall area, therefore authors should ensure that this board can withstand the elements.

A written report in an A3 bound document with a maximum of 10 pages. Two copies of this report should be provided.

The completed declaration form, placed in a sealed envelope marked 'declaration of authorship'.

A CD containing electronic copies of the design board (PDF format) and design report (Word format). The PDF of the design boards should be <5Mb in size, since they may subsequently be uploaded to the dedicated competition website. The CD should also contain a publicity image for use in the printed and electronic media. These should be submitted in JPEG format with low (72dpi) and high (300dpi) resolution versions of each image. The publicity image should be representative of the design ideas proposed and be readily identifiable as such.

Stage 2

Shortlisted designers will be asked to further develop their schemes and attend an interview to explain their scheme to the Jury Panel.


Designs and accompanying material shall be submitted without name, motto, distinguishing marks or readily identifiable projects. The submission should be accompanied by the completed declaration form, which should be placed in a sealed envelope marked 'declaration of authorship'.

Each entry must clearly display the unique registration number issued upon registration prominently on the front face of each and every board/page of your submission material. Please refer to the section on 'How to Register'.

A successful competitor must be able to satisfy the judges that he/she is the bona fide author of the design he/she has submitted.

Submission Method

The design of each competitor is to be contained in a single package and is to be sent, postage paid, addressed to:

Vauxhall - The Missing Link
RIBA Competitions
The Studio (5th Floor)
32 The Calls

Overseas competitors should note that for Customs purposes no commercial value should be assigned to the design submission. If a commercial value is given, this may result in your submission being delayed and/or returned to you unopened, as the RIBA will not be liable for any Customs charges otherwise incurred.

Your submission should arrive no later than 2.00pm on Tuesday 12 March 2013. Late submissions will not be accepted and it will not be possible to submit entries via e-mail. UK competitors should note that First Class post does not necessarily guarantee next-day delivery and should plan their submission schedule accordingly.

Competitors requiring proof of delivery are advised to use a 'signed for' delivery service and should check with their courier provider.

Competitors are advised to retain copies of designs submitted as they will not be returned. Whilst the promoter and RIBA Competitions will exercise all reasonable care, they will not be responsible for loss or damage to the submission material that occur either in transit, during exhibition, storage or packing.


Submissions shall be excluded from the competition:

- if received after the latest time stated under the Submission Method
- if, in the opinion of the jury panel, it does not fulfil the requirements of the brief
- if a competitor shall disclose his or her identity, or improperly attempt to influence the decision
- if any of the mandatory requirements of the competition brief and conditions are disregarded.


The ownership of Copyright in the work of all competitors will be in accordance with the Copyright, Designs & Patent Act 1988, that is Copyright rests with the author of the submitted design.


The promoter and the RIBA reserve the right to exhibit or publish any design submission entered to Vauxhall – The Missing Link Competition and the result in any way or medium they consider fit for the purpose of publicity. Illustrations of any design - either separately, or together with other designs, with or without explanatory text - may be used without cost.

Competitors will be expected to honour a confidentiality agreement and must not release their designs for publication, or identify the name of the successful or unsuccessful designers to any third parties until after an official announcement has been made and/or anonymity lifted.

Once anonymity has been lifted, authors will be credited and recognised in all associated media and publicity.

Announcement of Award

At the conclusion of each stage the RIBA will publish the winning names after communicating it individually to each of the competitors.


The competition is being managed and administered by RIBA Competitions on behalf of the client group.

All enquiries relating to the general conditions of this competition should be directed to:

RIBA Competitions
The Studio (5th Floor)
32 The Calls
T : ++44 (0) 113 2031490
E :

Neither the promoter, RIBA Adviser, nor other members of the jury panel should be solicited for information as this may lead to disqualification from the competition.