Valour Park Design Competition

Afghanistan Victoria Cross Memorial at Valour Park on the Remembrance Driveway, Australian Capital Territory.
A call to landscape designers, landscape architects, sculptors, designers, architects and students.

Overview

"Remembrance Driveway will become a living shrine, dedicated to the patriotism, heroism and endurance of all those who kept alight the torch of freedom and justice when, one by one, so many other countries of the world saw it being dimmed." – Remembrance Driveway brochure, 1953

The Remembrance Driveway, linking Sydney to Canberra along the Hume and Federal Highways, comprises groves, memorial plantings and rest areas. It provides travellers on this nearly 300‑kilometre route with a series of oases where they may take a break from their driving to connect with the landscape and reflect on their journey. They will also be reminded of the Australians who served, those who remained on the home front, the widows of war, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of the nation in the Second World War, and subsequent wars, conflicts and operations, including peacekeeping.

The Remembrance Driveway was formally launched in 1954, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, each planting a London plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia) in Macquarie Place, Sydney, to mark the beginning of the Driveway.

The 65-year anniversary of the Remembrance Driveway in 2019 presents an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of Australian service men and women and the launching of important new developments for the Remembrance Driveway.

The Remembrance Driveway Committee, supported by the Government of New South Wales through Roads and Maritime Services, and Transport Canberra and City Services of the Australian Capital Territory, has announced the competition to design the Afghanistan Victoria Cross Memorial in Valour Park.

The winning entrant will deliver an innovative and imaginative design that will honour the four Victoria Cross for Australia recipients from the Afghanistan conflict.

Valour Park is located on the Federal Highway in Watson. The name of the park comes from the inscription ‘for valour’ which appears on the imperial Victoria Cross and the Victoria Cross for Australia.

Limited Design Competition: Expression of Interest

The Remembrance Driveway Committee has launched a competition calling for expressions of interest to design an innovative and imaginative precinct within Valour Park to honour the recipients of the Victoria Cross for Australia from the Afghanistan conflict.

Elements that may be considered include a sculptural component incorporating seating, signage and paving, designed as a significant place to honour the contribution made by these four recipients of the Victoria Cross.

The stages

The entire project will be divided into three stages:

  • Stage 1: Expression of Interest – Limited Design Competition.
  • Stage 2: Design Concept – Shortlisted entrants will be invited to develop their concept
  • Stage 3: Design development, documentation, and attendance during construction.

Applicants must have the capacity to complete the entire project. If the applicant does not have the ongoing capacity to carry out these stages, they must collaborate with a practice/professional for these stages in their response to Stage 1. There is no payment associated with Stage 1.

Who can enter

Expressions of interest are sought from landscape designers, landscape architects, sculptors, designers, architects and students.

Students are invited and encouraged to respond to Stage 1 and may collaborate with a professional practice capable of delivering Stage 2 and Stage 3.

Competition details

The Remembrance Driveway Committee, supported by the Government of New South Wales through Roads and Maritime Services, and Transport Canberra and City Services of the Australian Capital Territory, has announced the competition to design the Afghanistan Victoria Cross Memorial in Valour Park.

The winning entrant will deliver an innovative and imaginative design that will honour the four Victoria Cross for Australia recipients from the Afghanistan conflict.

Valour Park is located on the Federal Highway in Watson. The name of the park comes from the inscription ‘for valour’ which appears on the imperial Victoria Cross and the Victoria Cross for Australia.

The Afghanistan Victoria Cross recipients to be commemorated are:

  1. Trooper Mark G Donaldson VC, 2 September 2008
  2. Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC MG, 11 June 2010
  3. Corporal Daniel Alan Keighran VC, 24 August 2010
  4. Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird VC MG (posthumously), 13 February 2014

The site

The site for the proposed memorial is in Valour Park, in Watson, ACT. Valour Park is located on the Remembrance Driveway, and the proposed Afghanistan VC Memorial is intended to enhance the park’s eminence as a commemorative venue.
The park also supports the endangered plant Hoary Sunray daisy (Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor), which is listed in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. It is the subject of an Ecologically Sustainable Development Management Plan – 2013 and is required to be protected and managed under the Act. It is a requirement to coordinate with the Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate in the Australian Capital Territory during design development to ensure all constraints are considered.

The competition

It is intended that a precinct within the park be developed to provide appropriate recognition of the Victoria Cross recipients in an innovative and imaginative manner. Elements that may be considered include a sculptural component incorporating seating, signage and paving, designed as a significant place to honour the contribution each of these recipients has made.
Mandatory items that must be considered in developing the design response include:

  1. Separate citations for each recipient
  2. A memorable precinct within the park dedicated to the Victoria Cross recipients
  3. Character of Valour Park and the current landscape elements
  4. Context with the materials currently present within Valour Park – corten (weathered) steel, rock work, gravel, timber, landscape (trees and groundcovers)
  5. Compatibility within the park
  6. The characteristics of Afghanistan, and the environs in which the Victoria Cross recipients’ campaign was undertaken
  7. Links with the Remembrance Driveway (physical, symbolic and philosophical)
  8. Appropriateness for the site and the residential neighbourhood nearby
  9. A timeless design that will be capable of commemorating and recognising the actions of the Victoria Cross recipients
  10. Safety and accessibility to AS 1428.1
  11. Microclimatic conditions – hot, dry conditions in summer; lack of irrigation or opportunity for water
  12. Protection of the Hoary Sunray habitat areas
  13. Drainage considerations and contribution from the proposed work, particularly in protection of the Hoary Sunray
  14. Maintenance needs must be minimal
  15. An area of approximately 20 x 50 metres has been allocated within the park for the extent of work
  16. Total capital works budget: $400,000 has been allocated for the construction of all components.

Timeframe

The design competition was launched on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales. Stage 1 Submissions will be received up until Friday, 8 March 2019. An indicative timeframe for all stages of the project is included in this brief.

Submission requirements

The project will be carried out in three stages:

  • Stage 1: Expression of Interest – Limited Design Competition
  • Stage 2: Design Concept – For limited design competition (Stage 1), shortlisted consultants only
  • Stage 3: Construction Tender for design development, documentation and attendance during construction.

Expressions of interest are sought from landscape designers, landscape architects, sculptors, designers, architects and students to be considered for the Valour Park Afghanistan Victoria Cross Memorial.

There is no payment associated with Stage 1. Multi-disciplinary teams may be included.

Applicants must have the ultimate capacity to complete the entire project, once selection for the Stage 2 shortlist is complete. This includes design development of the selected design, documentation, detailing and attendance onsite during construction. If the applicant does not have the ongoing capacity to carry out these stages, they must collaborate with a practice/professional for these stages in their response to Stage 1.

Students are invited and encouraged to respond to Stage 1. A possible collaboration with a professional practice capable of delivering Stage 2 and Stage 3 may be included with the response to Stage 1 by any students or student groups. Alternatively, the Remembrance Driveway Committee may suggest means of collaboration to enable students to continue to Stage 2 and 3, if designs are selected.

Criteria

Applicants must address the following in their responses:

  1. Demonstrated understanding of the objectives of the Victoria Cross citations and proposed Memorial within Valour Park and the opportunities and constraints of the site
  2. Present one design concept illustrating a response to the design brief; this may be presented in a variety of formats, such as sketches, plans, sections, or 3D, indicating scale, colour and materials sufficient to describe the concept; a maximum two A3 sheets
  3. Brief written description of the concept; a maximum two A4 pages
  4. Qualification and experience of the designer(s) in delivering public realm precincts/sculpture in the public domain to a design budget
  5. Two examples of relevant previous design work illustrating the above
  6. Nominated team leader, including qualifications and accreditation or registration with relevant professional body (e.g., AILA, AIA, Engineers Australia)
  7. List of required consultant team to develop the concept ideas to documentation and construction; eg. Sculptor, Landscape Architect, Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Interpretation specialist
  8. Response that the capital works budget has been adhered to, with indicative cost plan of all components of the work
  9. Response that the timeline can be met and the team can fulfil the requirements of the project delivery
  10. References from 2 referees.

Registration and lodgement

  1. It is a requirement to register with the Remembrance Driveway Committee to ensure you receive updates of the brief, if necessary, to Remembrance Driveway Committee, Afghanistan Victoria Cross Memorial, rdc@rms.nsw.gov.au.
  2. Submissions addressing the above criteria are to be lodged at email address to the Remembrance Driveway Committee, Afghanistan Victoria Cross Memorial, rdc@rms.nsw.gov.au.
  3. Electronic submissions are to be received in pdf format.
  4. Submission clearly labelled: Remembrance Driveway Valour Park – Stage One Expression of Interest.
  5. Submissions must be received by Friday, 8 March 2019 at 1700 hours.
  6. No late submissions will be accepted unless proof of email issue prior to submission time is received.

Questions

  1. Any questions during Stage 1 are to be emailed to the Remembrance Driveway Committee by Friday, 22 February 2019, at 1700 hours.
  2. Responses to questions will be posted on this page during the week between 25-27 February 2019.
  3. No questions will be considered after 22 February 2019.

Selection criteria for stage 1

A selection panel will be established by the Remembrance Driveway Committee to evaluate the design responses received. The panel will select up to three shortlisted entries for continuation to Stage 2 and the designs will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Understanding of the project objectives – 10%
  2. The quality and creativity of the proposal – 40%
  3. Previous experience in similar projects – 20%
  4. Demonstrated ability to deliver the project to construction and work with the client – 20%
  5. Realistic capital works budget – 10%.

It is recognised that students may not be able to complete criteria 3 or 4 if they are not submitting with a collaborative team that includes professionals. This will be evaluated at the time of submission of Stage 1. A separate student prize may be offered.

Selection panel

The Chair of the selection panel will coordinate activities relating to this competition. The submitted material will be reviewed by the selection panel, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Two members of the Remembrance Driveway Committee
  2. A Registered Landscape Architect (AILA)
  3. A representative of the Australian Capital Territory Government
  4. Victoria Cross recipient or family member
  5. An artist/sculptor.

 

Material to assist with entry preparation

Competition Brochure

Competition Details and Conditions

Survey (cad)

Survey (pdf)

Indicative timeline and dates

Map of Valour Park Afghanistan Memorial competition site

ACT Government aerial photography

Questions and answers

Responses to questions raised by entrants will be supplied here between 25 and 27 February 2019

Competition conditions

Conditions of Limited Design Competition (Stage 1)

Right to vary conditions

The Remembrance Driveway Committee, where it considers is in the public interest, may, at its discretion, alter the competition conditions or waive compliance with any inclusion.

Exhibition and publication

The Remembrance Driveway Committee, Australian Capital Territory Government and NSW Government may publish the whole or part of entries submitted during Stage 1 and 2. Entries may also be used for fundraising and promotion.

The entrants are not permitted to publish their entries without the written approval of the Remembrance Driveway Committee and the Australian Capital Territory Government.

Copyright

Competitors will retain copyright of the designs, including moral rights of attribution and integrity. The author(s) of the winning design will grant the Remembrance Driveway Committee, Australian Capital Territory Government, NSW Government, and National Capital Authority an exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free licence to use the design for the purposes for which it was created. The Remembrance Driveway Committee reserves the right to reproduce any of the designs in whole or part, for promotion, publication and fundraising.

Use of features from unsuccessful designs

No feature from an unsuccessful design will be used in any part of the executions, unless first an agreement is reached with the author.

Selection panel rights

In the event that the selection panel is unable to select a winning entry, the selection panel reserves the right to seek design clarification from competitors to facilitate a decision on the winning design. The selection panel may, at its discretion, elect to not award a winner or shortlist applicants from Stage 1. The selection panel may, at its discretion, elect not to accept incomplete submissions in Stage 2. The decisions of the selection panel will be final and no discussions will be entered into, following selection in Stage 2.

Payment 

No payment will be made for Stage 1. Payment for Stage 2, described next, will be made within one month, following acceptance of the limited design competition entries as being complete and fully complying with the requirements of the competition. The jury’s decision will be final.

Stage 2: Design Concept, limited design competition for shortlisted consultants only

Information in relation to Stages 2 and 3 is provided for completeness to enable the applicants for Stage 1 to understand the full process of this staged limited design competition. Items included in Stage 2 and 3 may be further developed and issued to the shortlisted applicants.

Following judging of Stage 1 by the selection panel, up to three shortlisted applicants will be invited to proceed to the next stage.

One month is to be provided to the shortlisted applicants to develop their designs to include the requirements outlined next. The selected designs, after judging the submission from this Stage 2, may be used for funding applications and publicity/promotion purposes. No prizes will be awarded for this stage.

Each shortlisted applicant will be paid for their work and one successful applicant may be awarded the contract for Stage 3 – Design development, documentation, and attendance during construction. Fees for this stage will be $5,000 for each of the (up to) three shortlisted applicants who submit the full requirements for Stage 2.

The successful consultant must be eligible to become pre-qualified to Consultant Landscape Architect with Superintendence (CLA), or Consultant Landscape Architect – Design (CLA-D) level to meet Australian Capital Territory Government standards.

Criteria

  1. A site analysis and constraints/opportunities for the project.
  2. A developed design concept proposal, including scaled concept plan, sections, sketches resolving levels, drainage, design components and materials. One design must be submitted.
  3. One A1 size minimum and three A1 size maximum to describe the concept. Drawings are to be reduced to A3 pdf for submission.
  4. Materials and finishes of all proposed elements.
  5. Project cost plan itemised to elements and stages.
  6. Design statement addressing the design resolution: Maximum three A4 pages
  7. Fee proposal to take the project to Stage 3 – Design development, documentation and attendance during construction. Either provide as a percentage of the project costing or as a lump sum for each stage. This proposal will be provided separately and will not be used in the selection of the winning design. It will only be referred to following selection of the winning design.
  8. Response that the timeframe can be met.

Information for shortlisted entrants

  1. Further submission requirements will be provided in detail to the shortlisted consultants.
  2. Receipts for submitted material will be provided to the entrants by electronic email. Entries received after the due time will not be accepted.
  3. Presentation in person of Stage 2 designs may be requested. Any clarification of designs and input would be sought from consultants after each of the limited competition Stages 1 and 2 subsequently, and not during the competition judging.
  4. The selected consultant(s) will be invited to enter into an agreement with Remembrance Driveway Committee for Stage 3 works. Remembrance Driveway Committee reserves the right to terminate the agreement at any time, should it decide not to proceed with the project. Appropriate fees will be paid, dependent on an assessment of the work completed.
  5. Questions during each stage: Any questions during Stage 2 are to be emailed to Remembrance Driveway Committee, Afghanistan Victoria Cross Memorial, rdc@rms.nsw.gov.au by the due date for questions. These will be responded to within the timeframe noted by posting on the Remembrance Driveway Committee website.
  6. No queries after the nominated time will be considered.

Stage 3: Design development, documentation, authority approvals, tender and construction

Upon selecting the winning design from Stage 2, a contract will be entered into with the successful consultant, including the formalisation of the fee proposal and Conditions of Engagement. The engaged consultant will be required to develop their concept to enable approvals, tendering and construction to proceed for the works. Consultation with the Remembrance Driveway Committee and relevant Australian Capital Territory government agencies is required at the beginning of Stage 3 to identify the ongoing process for delivery of the project within Valour Park.

Stage 3: Requirements

Requirements for Stage 3 will be provided at the completion of Stage 2.

Competition contact

All queries, registration and submissions regarding the Afghanistan Victoria Cross Memorial design competition are to be via email to the Remembrance Driveway Committee at:

Email: rdc@rms.nsw.gov.au

Please include 'Remembrance Driveway - Valour Park' in the subject line.

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