The Competition is open internationally to professional practitioners within the fields of art, design, engineering and/or architecture.
Students of the aforementioned disciplines may also enter the Competition as individuals, collectively, or members of a wider team. Students must be enrolled on a related course at a recognised higher education establishment, or have graduated from such within 18 months of the date of the launch of the Competition (i.e. graduation on, or after 25 Oct. 2021).
Candidates should note, however, that in keeping with UK Government sanctions prohibiting the provision of architectural, engineering and design services to persons connected with Russia, competition entries are similarly not being sought at this time from individuals or organisations based in Russia.
Where a team includes individuals that are part way through their studies, or recent graduates, as well as a design professional practitioner, the team should register under the professional practitioner category and pay the appropriate registration fee.
Network Rail is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community. Competitors will not be excluded on the grounds of sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, race, marital status, disability, age, religion, belief or sexual orientation.
Competitors should bear in mind the output requirements of both the Design Ideas phase and subsequent Concept Development phase. Cross-discipline collaboration is encouraged, as is collaboration between individuals and organisations of different size, expertise and experience.
The following parties are excluded from participating in the Competition and may not compete or assist a Competitor in any way:
- Members of the Adjudication Panel(s), anyone employed by the Promoter, their Advisers, or any third party who is connected to or supporting the selection process (including assistance in the development of the Competition briefing material).
- Anyone who is closely related or has any kind of dependence, or close professional relationship to a member of the Adjudication Panel(s), their Advisers, or any third party who is connected to or supporting the selection process (including assistance in the development of the Competition briefing material).
10.b. Adjudication Panel members
The Adjudication Panel (which may be subject to change) is expected to comprise:
|Sarah Gaventa MA (RCA) Hon. FLI, Hon. FRIBA
|Frank Anatole RIBA FRSA
||Principal Architect, Network Rail
|Violetta Boxill BA Hons., MA (RCA)
||Creative Director, Alexander Boxill
|Margaret Calvert OBE, RDI
||Graphic Designer & Typographer
|Anthony Dewar FICE FRSA
||Professional Head Buildings and Architecture, Network Rail
|Crispin Jones BA, MA (RCA)
||Director Mr Jones Watches, Founder member of The British Watch and Clockmakers Alliance
|Jonathan McDowell RIBA FRSA
||Director, Matter Architecture [acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser]
|Senior staff representative (Tbc)
||the Design Museum
It is anticipated that a sub-set of the Adjudication Panel will undertake an initial appraisal of the Phase 1 design concepts, with a view to recommending a long-list for further consideration and selection of the Shortlist by the full Panel. The Adjudication Panel will, subject to later amendment, be provided with advisory assistance from Network Rail representatives and/or consultants employed by them.
In the event of an Adjudication Panel member being unable to continue to act through illness or any other cause, Network Rail, in consultation with RIBA Competitions, reserves the right to appoint an alternative Panel member.
A representative from RIBA Competitions will attend all assessments to document the selection process and provide procedural support.
10.c. Clarification Questions
Questions relating to the Competition Brief and/or Conditions of Participation should be submitted to RIBA Competitions before close of business (17.00hrs BST) on Fri. 12 May 2023 referencing Network Rail Timepiece Competition in the Subject header line, with the body of the text clearly identifying to which section of the Competition Brief or Conditions of Participation the question relates.
In the interest of maintaining transparency and fairness in the procedure, the intention will be to make the advice and responses arising from all queries received (other than, where doing so, would constitute a breach of confidentiality) available to all Candidates. An explanatory Clarification Memorandum will be circulated to all registered Candidates on, or after Tues. 23 May 2023. The Clarification Memorandum will form an addendum to the Competition Brief. Oral questions will not be accepted.
10.d. Anonymity - Unique Registration Number and Declaration of Authorship Form
All Phase 1 design submissions will be judged anonymously, via use of the Unique Registration Number [NR#] and Declaration of Authorship form issued on Registration. The URN should be prominently displayed on each element of the design submission and in the digital file names, as per the Submission Requirements (Section 10[f]).
Any submission that has identifying marks (including logos, text, insignia, or images that could be used to identify the submission's authors) will be automatically disqualified.
The submission must be accompanied by the Declaration of Authorship form which should be duly completed with the Unique Registration Number entered in the box provided. Each Competitor must be able to satisfy the Competition organisers that the submitted design is an original piece of work, prepared for the express purposes of entering the Competition, and that they are the bona fide author of the design proposals they have submitted. Accordingly, the submitted design must not contain any third-party materials and/or content that the Competitor does not have permission to use.
Submission of the duly completed Declaration of Authorship form warrants ownership of the Copyright to and unregistered design rights in respect of the design as its author. It should similarly be warranted that where other persons have assisted in preparing the design, assignment of all associated Intellectual Property rights has been received from such persons. Furthermore, by signing the Declaration of Authorship form, Competitors accept all conditions pertaining to the competition and agree to abide by the decision of the Adjudication Panel(s). The practice name, company details or individuals stated on the Declaration of Authorship form will be used in all press releases so please ensure the accuracy of the information provided.
It is anticipated that an on-line gallery resource of publicity images may be uploaded to the Competition web site on conclusion of the competitive process. Any Competitor who does not wish to be identified as the proposal author on the web gallery should indicate accordingly on the submitted Declaration of Authorship form.
Submissions shall be excluded from the Phase 1 Design Ideas Competition:
- If a Competitor shall disclose their identity, or improperly attempts to influence the decision;
- If received after the latest time stated under Section 10[g] Submission Method;
- If, in the opinion of the Adjudication Panel(s), it does not constitute a substantive return, or fulfil the requirements of the Competition Brief;
- If any of the requirements of the Competition Brief and Conditions are disregarded.
10.f. Phase 1 Submission Requirements
There are three elements to the digital anonymous design submission, each of which should bear the Unique Registration Number [NR#] only.
10.f.[i]. A2 Design Sheets
Competitors are required to prepare schematic proposals in response to the overall design challenge and in particular the assumptions, guidance and focus for Phase 1 submissions outlined at Section 5[b].
Submissions should take the form of 2 No. A2 digital sheets, but the layout should be presented such that it can be readily viewed on-screen and also be legible when printed at A3 size. The A2 sheets should be prepared in landscape format with the Unique Registration Number prominently displayed in the top right-hand corner, together with the sheet number (1 of 2 etc.). The sheets should be illustrated in a clear and succinct manner to enable Panel members to readily understand the approach and design drivers behind the proposals. The A2 sheets should include:
- An outline of the overall vision and concept for the display and communication of time across the UK National rail network and associated built environment estate. Concept sketches or other annotated drawings should be presented accordingly to illustrate the philosophy, design approach and principles, plus an accompanying narrative (max. 300 words) included on the A2 sheets.
- Visualisations depicting the manifestation of the design approach as it would be deployed at/within the new generation of small- to medium-sized modular railway stations, and particularly within its tower component.
- An outline and illustrations of the proposals’ potential wider applicability within the UK rail environment.
The digital A2 sheets should be submitted and contained within a single PDF file of <25Mb. The file name should consist of the allocated Unique Registration Number and item description, for example:
10.f.[ii]. Publicity Images
Up to 3 No. images should be provided for potential future media-use purposes, which may include an on-line gallery of all competition entries and/or a physical exhibition of selected submissions. The images should be representative of the ideas proposed and be readily identifiable as such - one of the images should be the manifestation of the design approach as it would be deployed at/within the new generation of small- to medium-sized railway stations. The images should not bear any annotations and be capable as functioning as stand-alone images.
Each publicity image should be submitted in JPEG format, at a resolution of 72dpi, with an image width of at least 1,000px. The file name should consist of the Unique Registration Number and item description, for example:
- NR#_Publicity Image1_72dpi.jpg
- NR#_Publicity Image2_72dpi.jpg
10.f.[iii]. Declaration of Authorship form
A PDF version of the duly completed Declaration of Authorship form, with the file name to consist of the Unique Registration Number and item description:
10.g. Phase 1 Submission Method
Deadline for Return: 12.00hrs [BST], Tues. 13 June 2023.
Items 10[f][i] to 10[f][iii] of the submission requirements must be submitted via RIBA Competitions' digital submission portal [RIBASubmit]. All required elements of the submission must be received by the stated deadline. A unique link for this purpose will have been e-mailed to the contact address provided at the time of registration. Candidates are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the submission portal and allow sufficient time for their entry to successfully upload in its entirety prior to the submission deadline. Candidates are advised that uploading files may take time and be dependent upon a number of factors including individual document size, the number of files to be uploaded, and the speed of the Candidate’s internet connection.
The submission deadline cut-off shall be applied as per the time displayed on the web submission portal. The portal system will not accept any material to upload once the submission deadline has expired, even if Competitors are logged onto the system prior to expiry of the stated deadline. RIBA Competitions and Network Rail will not be responsible for any files that are delayed, lost or otherwise damaged or corrupted during transmission, however so caused. Late submissions will not be accepted without prior authorisation.
10.h. Phase 1 Selection Criteria and Methodology
The submitted design proposals will be assessed against the following criteria which will have an equal weighting:
||Overall quality of the response, design vision and resonance of the approach with the aspirations set for a new timepiece to display and communicate time across the UK national rail network
||Applicability of the proposal to the wide range of scales, situations and contexts across the rail estate and the new generation of modular small- to medium-sized railway stations in particular
||Potential realisability, practicality and adaptability of the proposal as a long-lasting element of the network
Technical Review & Selection of Long-list
It is anticipated that the design submissions will be subject to an initial Technical review by a sub-set of the Adjudication Panel who will be responsible for recommending a long-list of submissions for further consideration by the full Panel. In undertaking the initial technical review, each submission will be appraised against the Evaluation Criteria and each assigned to an upper [‘A’], middle [‘B’], or lower [‘C’] category submission according to the Table given below.
|Upper category submission [‘A’]
||‘A’ grading for all three criteria
||Equating to ›8/10 against all criteria
|Middle category submission [‘B’]
||‘B’ grading for majority of criteria
||Equating to between 5/10 and 7/10 for each criterion
|Lower category submission [‘C’]
||‘C’ grading for majority of criteria
||Equating to between 0/10 and 4/10 for each criterion
Non-longlisted Competitors will, upon request, be notified whether their proposals were ranked as an ‘Upper’, ‘Middle’ or ‘Lower’ category submission. Requests for feedback should be received within 1 calendar month of announcement of the Shortlist.
The long-list will be identified from the upper category submissions by successive rounds of iterative debate and evaluation against the stated criteria.
Panel Evaluation of Long-listed Submissions
The full Adjudication Panel will use the scoring guide below to appraise the long-listed recommendations against the Selection Criteria and identify a Shortlist of up to five (top scoring) submissions to take forward to Phase 2 of the Competition.
|Score of 10
In the opinion of the evaluators, the Competitor’s response or information provided is exceptional or exemplary in relation to the project and the criterion being scored.
|Score of 8-9
In the opinion of the evaluators, the Competitor’s response or information provided addresses all requirements and exceeds the normal expectation in relation to the project and the criterion being scored.
|Score of 6-7
In the opinion of the evaluators, the Competitor’s response or information provided is acceptable and meets the normal requirement/expectation in respect of the project and the criterion being scored.
|Score of 4-5
In the opinion of the evaluators, the Competitor’s response or information provided falls below the normal requirement/expectation in respect of the project and the criterion being scored.
|Score of 2-3
In the opinion of the evaluators, the Competitor’s response or information provided does not adequately address the stated requirement/expectation in respect of the project and the criterion being scored.
|Score of 1
The Competitor fails to provide a response, or provides information which in the opinion of the evaluators provides insufficient detail for evaluation, and/or does not address the requirements.
|Score of 0
Scoring will be by consensus with scores released to each long-listed competitor on conclusion of the competition.
10.i. Publicity and Announcement of Shortlist
On conclusion of Phase 1, anonymity will be lifted, and the authors of the Short-listed design proposals (up to five) identified. A public announcement of the Shortlist will be made after notification has been given to all participating Competitors. Please note that any requests for feedback should be submitted to RIBA Competitions within one calendar month of the result being announced.
Competitors will be required to maintain confidentiality throughout the competitive process and not identify themselves; the names of Short-listed Competitors; or the names of successful or unsuccessful Competitors; or release any design proposal images etc. to any third parties or media outlets until after an official announcement has been made, and/or any related embargoes have elapsed. In this context this includes (but without limitation) radio, television, newspapers, trade and specialist press, the internet and email accessible by the public at large and the representatives of such media.
Network Rail and RIBA Competitions reserve the right to publicise the Competition, any design submission, and the result in any way or medium they consider fit. Illustrations of any design - either separately, or together with other designs, with or without explanatory text - may be used without cost. This may potentially include a future on-line gallery of all competition entries and/or a physical exhibition of selected submissions such as those identified for further design development.
Once anonymity has been lifted, authors will be credited and recognised in all associated media and publicity.