UK Architectural Competitions & Open Opportunities

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We have compiled a list of current architectural competitions and open opportunities for projects in the United Kingdom. This list will be periodically updated, so keep an eye out if your architecture practice is looking for opportunities in the UK. 


In the order of deadlines or registration deadlines, see below list of current UK architectural competitions and open opportunities: 


1. Re-Imagining Railway Stations: Connecting Communities - Design Competition by Network Rail & RIBA

Where? UK rail stations

Deadline: 15th September 2020

Network Rail is seeking innovative approaches to re-imagine today’s station and its interfaces with local communities. Unified system approaches are being sought that would be capable of being adapted to site-specific conditions and contexts to enable the efficient design and delivery of new sites and replacement facilities. They are looking for design visions developed to challenge preconceptions - particularly in terms of the purpose and potential nature of UK railway ‘station’ provision in the future - and in doing so, significantly raise expectations for the quality of future designs.



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Competition: National Railway Museum Central Hall

Where? York, England

Deadline: 16th October 2019

The National Railway Museum Central Hall Design Competition is a two-stage competition to design the museum's new £16.5 million centerpiece building.

To enter the competition, no design is required for the first stage, a number of documents will need to be submitted instead. At the second stage, at least five teams will be shortlisted; each will receive an honorarium of £30,000 for their submissions once the competition concludes with the selection of the winner.



Open Opportunity: Single Storey Extension

Where? Oxford, London

Deadline: 21st October 2019

To form new single storey extension to 3 bedroom, mid-terraced property in oxford; upgrading the existing facilities to include accessible terrace and ground floor wet room. Much of the refurbishment is limited to the ground floor with improved first floor bathroom provision.



Ideas Competition: ShopSmart on Redchurch

Where? London, England

Deadline: 28th October 2019 (Extended from 21st October 2019)

ShopSmart on Redchurch is an idea competition that will explore ways that placemaking and technology can bring character, activity, community and economic success to Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, London. The brief invites new ways of thinking about the connection between retail technology and the public realm.

The judging panel is chaired by Sir Peter Cook. 

Five shortlisted entries (individuals or teams) will receive £1,000 and there is the potential for the overall winner to work with on Redchurch.



Open Opportunity: Design Team and Lead Consultant Services: Restoration of Brockwell Hall 

Where? London, England

Deadline: 28th October 2019

Lambeth Council is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Lead Consultant / Principal Designer to lead the council through Brockwell Hall Restoration Project for the life of the project, with a break clause at the end of RIBA Stage 3 in the event that the Round 2 NLHF bid is unsuccessful, or the contract is terminated for whatever reason. The Lead Consultant will be the Design Team leader and provide full architectural design services and administration in accordance with the RIBA Standard Services (RIBA Stages 0-7).



Framework: Cardiff Metropolitan University

Where? Cardiff, Wales

Deadline: 12th November 2019

Teams selected for the three-year agreement will have the opportunity to work on a range of new build and refurbishment projects with the 11,000-student university which is planning to spend between £5 million and £10 million annually on projects during the period. The latest framework will support the university’s ambition in embracing innovative design and modern methods of construction, and meeting its ambitious sustainability targets. Participating teams will be awarded individual projects through a series of mini competitions.



Ideas Competition: Twin Dwellings of Singular Interest by The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society

Where? Knapps Loch, Scotland

Deadline: 15th November 2019

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society is launching an open architectural ideas competition. Based on two hypothetical ‘ideal’ houses for artists, envisaged by Mackintosh in c.1900, the competition invites participants to contribute designs for a contemporary pair of houses that explore variations on a theme.

Given that the ‘Artist’s Town House and Studio’ and its sister proposal “Artists House and Studio in the Country” were envisaged by Mackintosh just months prior to his marriage to Margaret Macdonald, they can be seen as a personal manifesto by the architect, imagining life with his muse. Indeed, when they were published in 1902, Hermann Muthesius remarked that the schemes ‘refer to the home desired by the artist couple, and thus have a singular interest’. This competition will be an opportunity for participants to explore and evolve their own ‘manifestos’ of their architectural convictions, in a manner similar to that of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The competition seeks entries for contemporary re-imaginings of Mackintosh’s Ideal House for an artist couple. 

Entry fees apply. In each of the student and practitioner categories, the prizes will be as follows:

1st Prize – £900 

2nd Prize – £450 

3rd Prize £150 

Each category will also include honourable mentions. 



Competition: Anise Gallery The Old Chapel and Warehouse Temporary Redesign of Space

Where? Forest Hill, England

Deadline: 15th November 2019

Ahead of anticipated planning permission for the commercial side of The Old Chapel and Warehouse acquired by Anise Gallery in October 2015, the owners want to launch a temporary redesign of the space. “We are looking to establish a new creative mini-hub targeting architecture and related industries who are in their start up / early years. Although temporary ahead of hopeful planning permission to develop the space along these lines on a more extensive level, we anticipate the redesign to be in place for at least 2 years. The end goal (in the temporary and permanent) would be to develop a nomadic and cross disciplined work space. Alongside this is a strong focus on a communal exhibition and events space that we envisage being open to the public for specific events.



Reimagine Croydon’s Subways

Where? Croydon, London

Deadline: Friday 10 January 2020

Croydon Council is looking for creative ideas to help revitalise the town centre subways. The six subways are located at Croydon Minster, Old Town roundabout, Park Lane gyratory, Addiscombe Road, Lansdowne Road, and Segas House. The competition is open to three categories – professional, non-professional and under-18s. 



Public Bench Design Contest by The London Festival of Architecture (LFA)

Where? The City, London

Deadline: Midday, Thursday 16 January 2020

The City Benches competition – now in its third year – invites students, emerging architects and designers to draw up proposals for a series of one-off benches which enhance the public realm and visitor experience within the historic Cheapside district. Applications to include a team photo, brief biographies of team members, a 200-word practice description, and a hand or computer-drawn 3D visualisation.



A Vision of the Future: Heath Park design competition 

Where? The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn, Cheshire

Deadline: Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 14:00

On behalf of SOG Ltd, RIBA has launched this competition to generate conceptual ideas to transform this 60-acre site into a sustainable, multi-use and carbon-free environment. 




Where? Regent's Canal, London

Deadline: Monday 24th February 2020

The 2020 Antepavilion will be moored alongside Brunswick/Columbia Wharf on a platform of NATO pontoons: a system of interlocking cuboid floats, each of 4.2m metres by 2.1m area. The budget for the project is £25,000 which is split into a £10,000 prize fund and £15,000 worth of materials and labour.



Newcastle Main City Centre Shopping Zone Contract Notice

‘Newcastle City Council is seeking to appoint a lead designer for the retail core transformation programme. The selected organisation will require the skills, resources and experience to provide this service and play a central role in the successful delivery of the Council’s ambitious transformation programme.’

Where? Newcastle City Centre Shopping Zone

Deadline: 16th April 2020


Home of 2030 Design Competition

The Home of 2030 competition seeks to develop a home that will help tackle the key challenges facing our society. It focuses on solving multiple issues: to generate new typologies and products that are age-friendly and inclusive, address health and wellbeing but at the same time harness new and evolving techniques and technologies for a low carbon and energy-efficient future. 

Where? Non-site specific. Three finalists will have the opportunity to partner with developers to deliver homes on a site owned by Homes England.

Deadline: 3rd June 2020



Museum of London Deep Time Competition

Museum of London has launched its second search for exhibition designers to develop the storytelling, display and collection store space in its new museum at West Smithfield, designed by award-winning architects Stanton Williams and Asif Khan. Deep Time (working title) spreads over c.540sq m of underground spaces in the 1960s Poultry Market in West Smithfield. It is estimated that the budget for the exhibition fit-out works for the Deep Time displays will be in the region of £2m.

The Museum of London is particularly interested in start-ups and SMEs taking up the brief either individually or in partnership although will consider anyone bringing an innovative approach to creating exhibition displays.

Where? Museum of London

Deadline: 6th July 2020