St Neots Market Square stage

‘The improvements to the Market Square will redevelop the former car park to create an attractive and versatile public realm space by introducing new landscaping and improved facilities for the market and other events.

Bids will be evaluated 60 per cent on quality and 40 per cent on cost. Applicants must hold public liability insurance of £5 million, professional indemnity insurance of £5 million and product liability insurance of £5 million.

Competition details

The search for a design team comes eight months after Huntingdonshire District Council announced it was seeking an architect to upgrade the Priory Centre nearby.

Project title For the provision of RIBA Stage 0 – 2 design services for a permanent performance stage on St Neots Market Square
Client Huntingdonshire District Council
Contract value Tbc
First round deadline 5pm, 24 November 2023
Restrictions Applicants must provide examples of at least two projects of a similar nature and value delivered in the last five years
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The winning team will draw up plans from RIBA Stage 0-to-2 for a new ‘attractive and versatile’ public realm featuring a stage on a former car park within the prominent town centre public space which is located a short distance from the River Great Ouse.

‘The successful bidder is required to deliver Stages 0-2 of the RIBA Plan of Work for a 7x6m raised and covered performance stage on the Market Square in St Neots including a cost estimate for the remainder of the design and build.

The project, planned to complete in 2025, will deliver a new 7x6m raised and covered performance stage in St Neots Market Square along with new landscaping, improved retail facilities and new seating.

‘Three concepts are to be provided at an early stage of the commission to allow HDC to select the most suitable design direction to proceed with.’



According to the brief: ‘HDC has secured funding, from a range of sources, for an ambitious investment in St Neots town centre, specifically targeted at the High Street and Market Square.

Located around 130km north of London, St Neots is a small riverside town of around 36,000 inhabitants. In 2020, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority announced a competition to design a new 148km public transport network connecting Alconbury, St Neots, Trumpington, Haverhill, Mildenhall and Waterbeach New Town with central Cambridge.