Tristan da Cunha Competition

Submission: June 02, 2015
Registration:  June 02, 2015
Language: English
Location Tristan de Cunha, England
PrizesHonorarium of GBP £3,000 (+VAT) +winning proposal GBP £2,000 (+VAT) 


The competition is seeking innovative, cost-effective approaches for the re-design and consolidation of the Island’s government buildings

; initiatives to significantly improve the living standards and performance of residential properties; together with improvements to the Island’s agrarian systems to better support grazing and the year-round growth of fresh produce.

Tristan is the only island with a permanent community, known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas and referred to locally as ‘The Settlement’, with a population of around 270 people. Tristan is of volcanic origin and the lava flow responsible for the island’s temporary abandonment between 1961 and 1963 dominates the settlement’s immediate landscape.

To coincide with the island’s 200th Anniversary in 2016, the Tristanians are keen to see how the built environment and energy efficiency of all homes and government buildings can be improved. Design teams (to be led by a practising registered architect) from around the globe are invited to participate in this unique design competition that is seeking ideas to help the community become self-sustainable and ensure that Edinburgh of the Seven Seas is viable for future generations.

The competition will be held over two phases:

Phase One:

Submission of design proposals which will be assessed anonymously. A long-list of up to 20 schemes will be selected by the Judging Panel, which will convene when the Administrator – who is resident on Tristan and the Head of Government – is next back in the UK around mid-June 2015. The long-listed design proposals will be subject to review by the Island Council (together with input from government departments) when the Administrator returns to Tristan, with a shortlist of up to five schemes identified in September 2015.

Phase Two:

Anonymity will be lifted and the authors of the five schemes invited to develop their ideas in response to feedback from the Phase1 assessment. The Shortlist will need to assemble a cross-disciplinary team with appropriate skill sets to tackle the many different facets of the project and provide an indication of the potential costs associated with executing the propositions. The selection process will conclude with design teams being invited to present their proposals to the Judging Panel. The presentations will be held in London when the Administrator returns to the UK which is expected to be in early summer 2016.


The competition is open to design teams from around the globe who must be led by a fully qualified architect. Architects practising in the UK should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB), with overseas-based applicants registered to practice with an equivalent regulatory authority.

At Phase 2, the authors of the five short-listed proposals will need to demonstrate their ability to assemble a cross-disciplinary team with appropriate skill-sets that would be capable of tackling the many different facets of the project.

On appointment, the winning architects will be required to arrange for professional indemnity insurance cover to the value of GBP £5m for each and every claim.

The following parties are excluded from participating in the Competition and may not compete or assist a Competitor in any way:

    • Members of the Judging Panel, anyone employed by the Promoter, or any Consultant supporting the selection process as specified in the Brief;
  • Anyone who is closely related or has any kind of dependence, or close professional relationship to a member of the Judging Panel, Consultants specified in the Brief or the Competition Organisers.

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

Task Proposed Date
Competition launch and dedicated web site live. Tues. 24 March 2015
Deadline for Competitors to raise Questions Tues. 14 April 2015
Memorandum issued in response to Questions Thurs. 30 April 2015
Deadline for receipt of Stage 1 submissions Tues. 02 June 2015
Review of Stage 1 submissions & identification of x20 long-listed schemes W/c Mon. 08 June
W/c Mon. 15 June 2015
Notifications to authors of long-listed schemes and to unsuccessful applicants July 2015
Confirmation of shortlist & notification to unsuccessful long-listed applicants October 2015
Issue Phase 2 briefing material to short-listed teams November 2015
Final presentations to Judging Panel Early Summer 2016
Announcement of result September 2016


Honoraria will be payable to each short-listed team who complies with the requirements of the competition and makes a presentation at the clarification interviews. The Promoter undertakes to pay within six weeks of the conclusion of the competition, an honorarium of GBP £3,000 (+VAT), with the winning team to receive an additional payment of GBP £2,000 (+VAT). The honorarium will be paid to the architectural practice leading each design team who should submit an Invoice to RIBA Competitions.

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