2023 Urban Regeneration of the Cibin Market Area, Sibiu

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The Order of Architects in Romania (OAR) and the Contracting Authority – The Municipality of Sibiu are glad to announce the official launch of the „Urban Regeneration of the Cibin Market Area” International Design Competition.

The purpose of this competition is to select, in order to award the design contract, the best project for the urban regeneration of the Cibin Market Area in Sibiu.

The process of the urban regeneration of the Cibin Market acts on three levels: on the one hand, it aims to redesign the area currently allocated to the Cibin Market, complementing the main function of the agri-food market with a set of complementary functions. On the other hand, it brings into question the historical value of this area and how the proposed insertions enhance it. Finally, it seeks to optimize the relationship of this area with the historic center and the Cibin river by increasing the quality of the public spaces. The competition area is located at the North-Western edge of the historic center of Sibiu, near the Cibin River. It consists of the site of the Cibin Market, together with the adjacent streets that border it, as well as the streets that connect this site to the historic core and the cross-connection between them.

The project offers an opportunity to redefine the usage and perception of a currently unstructured site but defined by a dynamic evolution from a historical perspective. The investment objectives assumed by the Contracting Authority are: (1) the urban regeneration of the Cibin Market area through the construction of the building that will house the agri-food market and the Cibin Market car parking, together with the urban development of these public spaces and (2) the urban development of the area linking the Cibin Market to the historic center by integrating the historic value of the area and by a clever dialogue of the proposed solution with the historic fabric and the Cibin River.

The Contracting Authority of the competition is The Municipality of Sibiu, the beneficiary of the project which will be contracted following the competition. The competition is organized by the Romanian Order of Architects (OAR), in accordance with the OAR Good Practices Guide for Design Competitions (edited in Romanian – Ghidul de bune practici în organizarea concursurilor de soluții de arhitectură și urbanism OAR, published in 2018 and revised în 2022), in compliance with the provisions of the legislation in force regarding the award of public procurement contracts. The Design Competition is a public, single-stage competition open to Romania, all European Union countries, the European Economic Area, and the Swiss Confederation. The design competition is organized as an independent procedure, in accordance with art. 105 letter a) of Law no. 98/2016 regarding public procurement, and subsequently, pursuant to provisions under art. 104 para. (7) of the same law, the design services contract is to be awarded to the winner of the competition, following a negotiation procedure without prior publication of a participation announcement.

1st Prize
The design services contract with an estimated value of
3 734 608 LEI without VAT
2nd Prize
113 770 LEI, including VAT
3rd Prize
56 885 LEI, including VAT
Official launch of the competition
The official launch in SEAP
Deadline for site visit registrations
Site visit
Deadline for receiving questions Round 1
H 09:00
Deadline for answering questions Round 1
Deadline for receiving questions Round 2
H 09:00
Deadline for answering questions Round 2

Deadline for project submission
H 16:00 - Romanian time zone

Formal assessment of the projects
Verification by the Technical Committee
05.06.2023 - 08.06.2023
Jury assessment of the projects
09.06.2023 - 12.06.2023
Official announcement of the winner
Press conference with the Jury
Publishing the entries' gallery on the Competition’s official website
13.06.2023 - 22.06.2023
Deadline for submitting appeals
10 days after the official publishing of the competition results in SEAP