The Piccadilly Design Competition

  • Manchester City Council

F12: Design contest notice

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-027190

Published 29 October 2021, 1:35pm

Section one: Contracting authority/entity

one.1) Name and addresses

Manchester City Council

Town Hall,Albert Square




Colin Butterworth




United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKD33 - Manchester

Internet address(es)

Main address


Buyer's address


one.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at


Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via


one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

one.5) Main activity

General public services

Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

The Piccadilly Design Competition

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 71400000 - Urban planning and landscape architectural services

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 71220000 - Architectural design services
  • 79000000 - Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

Manchester City Council wishes to appoint a Landscape Architect / Urban Designer led design team to fulfil their vision and create a world class public space at Piccadilly. Piccadilly will provide an example of the very best in Manchester public realm to showcase and exemplify the City's growing international status. It is one of the most significant central Manchester locations and has an important history. Piccadilly Gardens (to be referred to as Piccadilly) is an open-space area situated in the heart of Manchester city centre. As an accessible gateway to the city, it provides both work and leisure opportunities for a large number of people. Piccadilly acts as a key entry point into the heart of Manchester city centre and creates a first and lasting impression on visitors and Mancunians alike. The Council wish to develop the site in a sustainable way that respects its heritage. It seeks a design team capable of realising this project in ways that combine imagination and creativity with economy and sustainability. Manchester City Council Capital Programmes Department are leading and administering a three-stage competition. This will result in the selection of a winning team and design, who will be appointed to develop their design and to deliver the project. The Council will use the Chest to conduct this procurement exercise at www.the-chest.org.uk . The competition documentation including Piccadilly Design information pack containing further information and instructions for each stage of the competition are now available to download from the portal.

Section three. Legal, economic, financial and technical information

three.1) Conditions for participation

three.1.10) Criteria for the selection of participants

It is intended to hold a 3 stage competition to choose a selected design partner

The Council will initially conduct a pre-qualification exercise to identify which will consist of an open call for participation that is aimed at attracting design led, technically competent and professional teams to register their interest in the project, as described in the design competition documents.

The selection stage will involve pass/fail criteria and scored criteria and it is anticipated that up to a maximum of 15 (fifteen) top scoring compliant submissions in the pre-qualification exercise will be invited to move to Stage 2 - Concept Design Proposals.

The Council will use the Chest portal to conduct this procurement exercise at www.the-chest.org.uk. The competition documentation including Piccadilly Design information pack containing further information and instructions for each stage of the competition are now available to download from the portal.

A detailed design briefing document and a more detailed breakdown of subsequent stages can also be found as attachments on the chest portal

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.2) Type of contest


Minumum number: 1

Maximum number: 15

four.1.9) Criteria for the evaluation of projects

The selection will be made on the basis of the criteria as set out in the invitation to submit proposals documentation supplied to the applicants invited to bid.

four.2) Administrative information

four.2.2) Time limit for receipt of projects or requests to participate


10 January 2022

Local time


four.2.4) Languages in which projects or requests to participate may be drawn up


four.3) Rewards and jury

four.3.1) Information about prize(s)

A prize/prizes will be awarded: no

four.3.2) Details of payments to all participants

An honorarium of £5,000 will be offered to each compliant shortlisted practice on completion of the second stage of the competition.

An honorarium of £30,000 will be offered to each compliant shortlisted design team on completion of the third stage of the competition. The winning team will deduct this amount from their first invoice

four.3.3) Follow-up contracts

Any service contract following the contest will be awarded to the winner or winners of the contest: yes

four.3.4) Decision of the jury

The decision of the jury is binding on the contracting authority/entity: yes

Section six. Complementary information

six.3) Additional information

The Council is using the e-business portal known as the Chest. Applicants will need to register their details at the following link www.the-chest.org.uk . Once registered, applicants will be emailed a log-in and password which will allow them to gain access to the documentation relating to this opportunity. Applicants will need to electronically submit their completed selection questionnaire documents, including online questionnaire, via the on-line portal by 11am on Monday 10th January 2021 as stated in the design competition documentation. Any clarification queries must also be submitted via the Chest website by the date referred to in the tender documentation.

The contract will be for 9 months and is expected to commence on 1st June 2023

The Council reserves the right not to award the contract, as a result of this Contract Notice. The Council shall not be liable for any costs or expenses incurred by any organisation in responding to this notice or in tendering for the proposed contract.

All submissions must be in English, with any clarifications or discussions conducted in English. Tenders and supporting documents must be priced in pounds sterling and all payments under the proposed contract will be made in pounds sterling.

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

Manchester City Council

Town hall Extension


M60 2LA


United Kingdom

six.4.3) Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures

The Council will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers prior to entering into the contract. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved, the Public Contract Regulations 2015 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)