Terms and conditions


Honoraria will be payable to each shortlisted team who complies with the requirements of the competition and attends the final presentations. Railpen undertakes to pay within 4 weeks of the date of the award, an honorarium of GBP £1,500 (plus VAT) to each team as a contribution towards the cost of developing their ideas.

Alongside the payment of £10,000 for stage 2 development and delivery plus additional review time at stage 3, the team will benefit from other opportunities such as:

  • Inclusion in marketing materials for the wider project
  • Mentoring and support from R H Partnership Architects and the wider delivery team
  • Developing relationships and opportunities with the client.

The intention is to help support younger, diverse practices in their growth and development through this opportunity.

Site Visit

No formal site visit will be arranged due to ongoing demolition works on site, but shortlisted teams are able to visit the area if they wish to understand the local context.

EOI stage requirements

The requirements for the EOI are as follows:

  1. Brief CVs of key personnel who would be directly involved in developing and delivering the scheme (four sides of A4 maximum)
  2. Practice information capability/experience of similar projects (three pages A4 maximum)
  3. Two case studies of recent (within last 5 years) projects that the key personnel have worked on. One of these can be an individual’s project undertaken at a previous practice or as a collaboration with another practice as long as this is clearly stated (four pages A4 max)
  4. Accreditations and membership of professional bodies (1 x page A4 max)
  5. Practice ESG/EDI approach and /or policies (1 x page A4 max)

We would encourage local practices to apply.

Second stage submission requirements

The requirements for the EOI are as follows:

  1. Four x A3 (digital) showing design ideas, including a response to site context. The proposal should be presented in a clear and succinct manner to enable the Judging Panel and Stakeholders to readily understand the concept and design ideas.
  2. A short accompanying design statement to include a written description of the proposal outlining how the design responds to the vision, brief and objectives for the project (four sides of A4 maximum)
  3. A Presentation to the judging panel of 40 minutes (20 mins presentation and 20 mins Q&A). This can be presented digitally or physically.

Q & A second stage

Practices may submit written questions, and these should be submitted by email to doug.higgins@socius.dev by Monday 25th March. A response to the questions submitted will be circulated to all short-listed practices by Wednesday 27th March.

Assessment criteria

The competition seeks to select a preferred architectural practice on the basis of a possible design approach (rather than a finite design solution), the proposed team members and their ability to work collaboratively with the client, their representatives and design team.

The judging panel will be looking at both the approach that the team have taken to the scheme and the practices experience and team members. The following criteria will be used to evaluate design proposals:

  • Appreciation of the site and consequent planning issues, including preliminary response to masterplan, context, and proposed design.
  • Quality and appropriateness of the proposed design approach/ideas.
  • Understanding of the client’s expectations, brief and ability to work in partnership with the client/design team.
  • Understanding of and capacity to deliver the project (at Stage 2) within a strict budget.


Shortlisted teams will be invited to present their design proposals and answer questions from the Judging Panel at interviews which will be held at Fora, 20 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2JD on Friday 3 April.

The format for each interview is expected to be a 20-minute presentation of the design ideas, followed by up to 20 minutes for Q&A from the Panel.

Each team should view the final assessment as their opportunity to convince the Judging Panel of their ability to deliver this project.


Please upload information to www.devonshiredesigncompetition.com no later than Friday 22 March. Late submissions will not be accepted.


Competitors will retain ownership of copyright in their works produced as part of this competition. Once RIBA Stage 2 is complete, the winning team shall grant a licence of copyright in their design to Railpen. Under this licence, Railpen shall grant a sublicence to R H Partnership Architects (RHP) which will allow RHP to deliver the pavilion based on the winning design.

The form of appointment for the winning team is proposed as the RIBA standard form of contract as amended for the purposes of this competition.


The Client reserves the right not to proceed beyond the competition in the event that no one scheme meets the aspirations and/or requirements of this competition, but honorarium as indicated will be awarded to all shortlisted teams.

The intention is that the winning team will develop a RIBA Stage 2 Design (with some review time during RIBA Stage 3). They will work closely with the delivery team who will be supporting the winning team during this time.

The form of appointment will be the RIBA standard Professional services contract 2020 for architectural services.