Design Competition for a Nautre Park & Pedestrian Bridge in Mumbai

Submission: February 01, 2016
Registration: February 01, 2016
Language: English
Location: Mumbai, India
Prizes: Rs. 5,00,000 for each of the five teams shortlisted to take part in Stage 2
Type: Open


The competition seeks multi-disciplinary design teams that are capable of designing and delivering a technically demanding and environmentally sensitive makeover in the heart of India’s Financial Capital, Mumbai. 

There are two major components of this makeover. The first is the comprehensive makeover of the Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP) – a unique 37-acre forested park established upon a former garbage dump along the south bank of the Mithi River. The second is a pedestrian-and-cyclist-only bridge over the Mithi River that will directly connect to the Bandra Kurla Complex to the MNP and to important transport hubs beyond. River bridges often link neighbourhoods with different characteristics. This bridge will link the new national financial centre at BKC with the most prominent informal settlement in Asia – Dharavi.

The context of this competition is further shaped by plans to clean the Mithi River, to develop the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and by the future urban renewal of Dharavi. The winning entry will have to inspire and impress twenty million Mumbaikars who are steadfastly determined to restore the Mithi River to its rightful place in the city’s ecosystem and are equally resolute in making their city more inclusive, nature-loving, liveable and better connected. This holistic development is streamlined with the smart cities vision of Shri. Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of India, and promotes the adoption of smart solutions for efficient use of available urban assets to enhance the quality of life for all. It also encourages citizen participation in the formulation of their city’s future. An eminent Jury Panel has been hand-picked to evaluate all submissions.

There are no competition fees to be paid and all submissions will be exclusively done through the competition portal. Five shortlisted entries from the first stage will each receive Rs. 5,00,000 and the eventual winner will receive Rs. 50,00,000 as part of a contract.


  • STAGE 1

01 December, 2015 –  Launch of the Global Design Competition

01 February, 2016 – Deadline for Stage 1 submissions with self-declaration: no later than 12 noon (IST) on 06 December, 2015

  • STAGE 2

10 February, 2016 –  Issuance of the Stage 2 brief and invitation to submit a detailed solution with comments from the Jury on their stage 1 submission

10 March, 2016 –  Facilitative dialogue and site visit

10 April, 2016 –  Final submission and presentation to the jury

20 April, 2016 –  Announcement of  winner


  • The competition is open to multi-disciplinary design teams from across India and the globe.
  • Meeting the competition’s eligibility criteria may call for a collaborative efforts. Such synergetic collaborations are welcomed.
  • Details of any such arrangements must be clearly explained at the outset by submission of an Memorandum of Understanding endorsed by all team members.
  • As a prerequisite, each team must show proven expertise in relevant architecture, engineering, landscape architecture and urban planning. In addition, teams must include specialists in biological sciences, environmental management and any other areas of specialisation that are pertinent to the makeover.
Through the Self-Declaration at Stage 1, competitors must show that their team composition meets the client’s minimum prequalification criteria.
  1. The team composition for each entry must have:
    • At least one member of the team must be from the discipilne of architecture/ design/ engineering/ planning having an average annual turnover of Rs. 2,00,00,000 for the past three years.
    • At least one member of the team having designed at least one significant public open space in an urban setting, admeasuring no lesser than 5 acres in size. The public open space could be part of a public building project or a public infrastructure project or a combination of the above
    • An Architect-Urban Planner/Urban Designer with a minimum of 5 years of experience in designing public places
    • A structural engineer having designed and supervised at least one bridge spanning no lesser than 150m in length
    • A naturalist/environmental scientist with a minimum of 10 years of work experience in the urban context
    • A landscape architect with a minimum of 5 years of experience in designing public places
  2. All overseas competitors must have an Indian partner duly registered and certified

    * A team member could be a single entity as stated in the eligibility criteria OR one or more entities entering a memorandum of understanding with one or more team members to meet the stated requirements. Any collaborations must be supported by a scanned copy of MoU/s duly signed by all team members and uploaded as part of submissions. A team once formed cannot be changed without prior permission of the organisers.

Any competitor that does not meet these criteria will not be eligible to take part. 

Eligible competitors will also need to provide additional information and content, including, but not restricted to:

  • Details about the organisations in the team, as submitted in the self-declaration
  • Key personnel that are being put forward for the project, outlining:
    • Which organisation in the team they work for
    • Their envisaged role on the project
    • The CVs of the architect/urban planner, the naturalist/environmental scientist, structural engineer and the landscape architect


  • No payment will be made to the participants at Stage 1.
  • An equal honorarium of Rs. 5,00,000 will be paid to each of the five teams shortlisted to take part in Stage 2 including the eventual winner.
  • The honorarium payment will be made to the lead organisation in each team and will only be released on delivery of compliant Stage 2 submissions. Compliance will be determined by members of the jury panel.
  • The winning entry will be awarded a prize of Rs. 50,00,000. If elements of the winning design can be used in the final commission, a comparable amount of this prize will be adjusted against the contract fee in the future.
  • The winner shall be paid the professional fees based on the cost estimates and negotiated for consolidated percentage of fees.
  • Kindly note that the cost estimates submitted shall be examined interdepartmentally by the MMRDA.


  • As a first step, competitors will be required to register themselves on the website www.letsmakemumbai.org.
  • From the time of registration till the completion of Stage 1 anonymity of entries must be maintained at all times and any compromise thereof on part of competitors may result in immediate ouster from the competition.
  • None of the submissions can carry any words or logos that could identify the team members involved in creating the image.
  • Competitors must show that their team composition meets the client’s minimum prequalification criteria through the self-declaration that must accompany the Stage 1 submission.
  • All successfully registered competitors participating in Stage 1, must upload four files of specified size, format and of appropriate scale and resolution to print on A2 sized boards in accordance with the specified submission requirements.
  • No alternate methods or formats of submission will be accepted.
  • Competitors will have 60 days from the launch of the competition to complete all Stage1 submissions.
  • No submissions will be accepted after 12:00 PM IST on 01 February, 2016.
  • Using the published judging criteria, the jury will review all submissions and select five teams to proceed to Stage 2 in consultation with the MMRDA and ORF Mumbai.
  • Organisers reserve the right to display entries of their choice on the competition website, alternate online and print media or as part of an exhibition for public engagement.
  • All submissions must be in English language only. 


  • Upload 1:
    • The proposed layout of the makeover plan of MNP and alignment of the bridge connecting to BKC. This must be comparable in scale to the existing layout of MNP as provided in the brief and as part of the resource material.
  • Upload 2:
    • A large image showing how the new, built-infrastructure of the MNP would look like.
    • A combination of texts, plans, pictures and graphics addressing the judging criteria of the built infrastructure of MNP and its relation with the other assignments of this competition.
  • Upload 3:
    • A large image, illustrating what the bridge would look like, as it spans the river and sensitive mudflats. It should be shown as an iconic landmark of the commercial capital of India and the centre-piece of this region between BKC and Dharavi. This image may be displayed on the project website.
    • A combination of texts, plans, pictures and graphics addressing the judging criteria regarding the link’s design and its relation with the other assignments of this competition.
  • Upload 4:
    • An overview showing how the transformed MNP and the new bridge are integrated with its immediate environs
    • A combination of texts, plans, pictures and graphics addressing the judging criteria of the integration of the pedestrian-and-cyclist-only bridge with the MNP and with the future development of BKC and Dharavi and upgrading of Mithi River and its environs.
    • All uploads must be of an appropriate resolution and scale for printing on A2 boards, if required.


Verification of Self-declaration: 
  • All shortlisted submissions will be scrutinised to verify self-declarations submitted in Stage 1.
  • Organisers may ask for additional supporting documentation from one or all shortlisted competitors.
  • If a shortlisted competitor in the top five is found to have provided incorrect information in their self-declaration, their entry stands to be eliminated from the competition after review by the Jury and Organisers. In such an event, the entry ranked 6th in the competition will be invited to take part in Stage 2. The organisers may grant such an entry additional time to complete deliverables after consulting with the jury.


  • A detailed brief will be issued to the Stage 2 competitors.
  • Over a 60-day period, competitors will be asked to develop their design ideas for the actual site.
  • It is envisaged that they will be asked to produce no more than three A1 boards to describe their proposals, backed up with a short, explanatory A4 report addressing technical issues, logistics and costs.
  • Models may be requested at this stage.
  • The Stage 2 proposals will be made available to the public through the competition website. The organiser may also decide to display submissions at public exhibitions, for which, all expenses will be borne by the organisers.
  • Halfway through Stage 2, there will be a facilitative dialogue process.
  • At the end of the 60-day period all participants must make a live presentation to the Jury along with submitting all necessary deliverables.


  • Site Plan 1:1000.
  • Plans for all built structures with elevations and section.
  • Site elevation from the road and from the estuary side.
  • Bridge plan with elevations and sections.
  • Computerised renderings of MNP and bridge with at least one aerial view and at least one at eye level; night views of the bridge.
  • Statement of proposed facilities and explanations for each.
  • Narratives of design integration of various educational, tourism and recreations features explained in the design.
  • Statement of costs in INR.

* The above deliverables are indicative and subject to change.


  • MMRDA will supply all base maps, drawings and reports readily available with it.
  • MMRDA will also assist the five shortlisted competitors in establishing contacts with the organisations concerned, to facilitate the survey and data collection. However, the competitors will be solely responsible for proper and timely completion of the assignment.
  • The competitors are expected to present the work at various fora as and when required by the MMRDA. While the MMRDA will make all logistic arrangement for such presentation/s, the competitors shall independently arrange, at their cost, such presentation/s by their personnel, provide the necessary equipment for such presentation/s and arrange transport and other incidental arrangements for their personnel.


  • The winner will be selected by the Jury and announced following a short cool-off period.

Go to the competition’s website