Our practice took part in the Castle Lane competition in Bedford. It was organised by the RIBA Competitions Office. Since being advised by the RIBA that our scheme had been unsuccessful, we enquired when the shortlisted designs would be displayed, only to be advised that only the shortlisted practices had been invited to view them.
As with most competitions, we have invested hugely in evolving a design which we believe addressed the key issues.
We now find ourselves being denied the opportunity of seeing those schemes, which in the judge's view, best answer the brief. As a practice, we support the increasing use of competitions because of the galvanising effect they have had on public sector projects.
The breadth and variety that the competitive route generates, however, should be reflected and shared at decision stage.
Andrew Good, director, TTSP, London EC1