The Ross Development Trust has commissioned Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC), the leading European specialist in design competitions, to devise and run a two-stage international design competition.
MRC is known for its ability to crystallise design briefs and inspire architects and other designers. It has a global following and is highly experienced in generating media interest. The consultancy’s recent successes include competitions for the Royal College of Art; the Illuminated River; the Museum of London; the gold medal-winning UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, and New College, Oxford.
The first stage of the competition will be an international search for a multi-disciplinary design team, based on relevant skills, past experience and an understanding of the project brief.
A selection panel will review these first stage submissions and shortlist five practices, who will be given a further briefing and asked to produce concept designs for the Bandstand. As part of a wide-ranging consultation process, the Trust will hold a public exhibition of the schemes and ask the public for their views.
An expert jury will be assembled to assess concept designs, conduct interviews and select a winner.