Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 1. What is the deadline for submitting the required documents?
    All the documents can be uploaded on the competition website before March 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm (Madrid time). The registration platform will be enabled until then. You can also send any query taking into account this deadline.


  • 2. Are there any visits organized to the site and buildings on which it is required to work?
    Yes, several dates are set to visit the sites of Béjar, Guadix and Olite. These dates are published in the Calendar.


  • 3. Who should select the “economic operator” option to complete the ESPD?
    In this competition all teams must fill this document out by selecting “economic operator”. Therefore, all data related to the company, if applicable, or the personal data of the team representative, should be provided.


  • 4. How do I have to fill in the ESPD?
    a) Visit:
    b) Select the economic operator profile
    c) Select “Create response”
    Ad number in OJS: 2018 / S 247-570732
    – Official Name: Ministerio de Fomento
    – Type of procedure: Open procedure
    – Title: Richard H. Driehaus Jury Based Design Competition
    – File Reference Number: 201800000132
    – Fill personal or company data
    – Mark if it is a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise or if,on the contrary, it is not registered as such
    – In the next two questions, mark “NO”
    – In question e, “YES” should be answered
    – If it is not a UTE, the next answer should be “no”
    – Indicate the LOT (Municipality) to which it is presented
    – Parts B, C and D, do not proceed
    g) Next, it must be confirmed that none of the reasons for exclusion are incurred and that the participation requirements are met.
    h)And finally download the file and sign it.


  • 5. If I am a foreign architect, do I need to associate myself with a Spanish studio to participate?
    No, it is not necessary.


  • 6. What is the maximum number of members of each team?
    Each team will have a maximum of 4 associate members, who will be considered authors of the project. In addition to this number, each team may have several collaborators, who are not considered coauthors of the project, but it is understood that they have contributed to its realization.


  • 7. Can an architecture studio composed of five architects present themselves as the author of a project?
    Yes, an architecture studio can be presented as the author of a project (a single economic operator in the DEUC) instead of the architects presenting themselves individually. If, on the contrary, the contestants prefer to appear as authors in a personal way, they would have to limit their number to four, which is the maximum number of authors allowed by the competition terms and conditions. The fifth architect would have to appear only as a collaborator.


  • 8. When and how will the winning projects be announced?
    The complete list of the winning teams will be published on the Public Service recruitment platform ( and also on the competition website on May 7, 2019.


  • 9. Are you going to provide us with more documentation of the three areas of action?
    No, all the available documentation is already on the website and can be downloaded by the contestants. There is no additional information.


  • 10 – Regarding the budget, are there any set public prices?
    There are no official reference prices. In any case, only a basic estimation of the main budget items is required.


  • 11 – Will the proposals be built?
    The winning projects are intended to be built. And for that purpose, among other criteria, the proposals should meet a feasibility in both technical and economic terms. In any case, this competition cannot guarantee their final implementation, which will depend on the local administrations, to whose disposition the winning proposals will remain.


  • 12 – Is it necessary to have a civil liability insurance to submit a proposal to the competition or is only needed in the event of winning?
    It is necessary only in the event of being selected. However, with regard to the economic, financial and technical solvency required in section 4.1. of the Administrative Terms and Conditions, it must be taken into account that, as stipulated in Article 150.2 of the Public Sector Procurement Act, providing the required documentation will have to be done “within ten (10) working days from the day after they have been requested”.


  • 13 – In a team of four people who participate as associates and all of them are architects, is it necessary for all four to have a public liability insurance?
    The team representative only needs to provide his architect’s certificate. The public liability insurance and all the required documentation in case of being selected only needs to be under his name.


  • 14 – Is it necessary to submit a proposal for each lot, or can just one be selected?
    Each team can send an entry for the lot they prefer, or for more than one if they decide to do so and find it feasible. In this last case, they will have to register independently for each of the lots.


  • 15 – According to the section 4.1.1 of the Administrative Terms and Conditions, “By virtue of articles 86 and 87 of the LCSP, economic and financial solvency shall be accredited by means of a public liability insurance policy for a sum equal to or greater than €2,000”. Does that sum refer to the minimum amount that the insurance policy must cover?
    Yes it is.


  • 16 – Could civil liability insurance be in the name of any collaborator or should it be in the architect’s name?
    No. It needs to be in the name of the architect responsible for the team, and it is only necessary to present it in case the team wins.


  • 17 – The paper size of the promotional materials is not specified, is it still A3 or a different size?
    The promotional images will be used to disseminate the winning proposals both on the web and the book that will be published on the awarded projects. A4 size would be enough. In case we need a larger size we will contact the winners.
  • B1 – Could you provide an accurate description (dimensions, state of preservation, etc.) of the architectural elements (walls, pillars, slabs etc.) that compose the building of the textile workshop?
    In the textile workshop, all the perimeter walls are made of stone and the floors are made of wood, those of the last floors being in poor condition. The beams are supported on the longitudinal perimeter walls and on a central line of studs, also of wood, which on the first floor has been closed with a partition. The ground floor has not this central structure because the land occupies much of it. This fact reduces the span between supports in this floor and allows to overcome the unevenness of the land. The staircase is made of wood and it is located in the eastern part of the building, in the center of the east wall.Here we attach new photographs of the interior:
    View of the south facade of the building 
    Interior views of the first floor
    Staircase connecting the first with the second floor

    Staircase connecting the second foor with a third one under the roof

    View of the second floor towards the west


  • B2 – Is it possible to intervene in the spaces surrounding the workshop or should only the intervention in the building be considered?
    The spaces and buildings annexed to the workshop will be intervened only if required by the design proposal and if this need is duly justified.
  • G1. Should we consider the restoration of the wall that encloses the citadel in the proposals?
    The restoration of the wall is not the object of this contest, but of other projects that are being managed by the town hall.


  • G2. Should we propose a solution for the square that is at the confluence of Muralla and Amezcua streets?
    Yes, but proposing significant alterations in said confluence it is not considered a priority, unless their need is justified in accordance with the proposed project.


  • G3. Regarding the action 1 “Urban adaptation of the external access to the medieval citadel”, can the housing of the Cruz de Piedra Street # 8 be included in this area, proposing its possible demolition? Or is it excluded for other reasons?
    No, it is not possible. This property is outside the proposed scope of action.


  • G4. What the sort of use should be proposed in the Palacio de los Saavedra, former minor seminar?
    The intended use for this building is preferably hotel-parador or another similar sort of use


  • G5. Are there any visits organized to the site and buildings of the former seminary and the citadel?
    Yes, several dates are set to visit the site of Guadix:
    January 18, 2019
    January 26, 2019
    February 11,2019
    Please, if you plan to join it, confirm your attendance through the email:
  • O1. Is it possible to create an underground parking?
    No, it is not possible.


  • O2. It is requested that the fronts of the empty lot on Villavieja Street be resolved. Does this refer only to the facades of a new building, or the entire building must be designed?
    The main aim for that particular lot is to develop a design solution for its façades. Nevertheless, its interior layout must be considered too in order to provide a appropriate and viable design for them.


  • O3. Are there any visits organized to the site and the interior of the cloister and church of San Pedro?
    Yes, several dates are set to visit the site of Olite:
    Saturday, 12 January 2019, (12:00 p.m.)
    Wednesday, 16 January 2019 (12:00 p.m.)
    Wednesday, 23 January 2019 (12:00 p.m.)
    Saturday, 2 February 2019 (12:00 p.m.)
    Please, if you plan to join it, confirm your attendance through the email:


  • O4. Is it possible to demolish the construction which is still erected on the North side of the cloister?
    Yes it is possible to replace this construction by another more suitable one if that decision is properly justified.


  • O5. It is not clear in what extent the cloister should be visible from the plaza, given that the new building would cover that front.
    The church must be accessible from the cloister and, logically, the cloister from the square (there must be a control of visitors). The designer’s sensitivity will decide if the cloister should be seen, intuited or not from the square. Both solutions are possible.


  • O6. In relation to the program of the new building attached to the cloister, doubts arise about whether the storage room for religious images for processions has a museum character or it is just conceived as an auxiliary store for liturgical objects.
    There must be three separate warehouses: storage of parish objects or cleaning room; storage of artistic objects, ornaments, chasubles, and liturgical images, and storage of the images for the Holy Week processions whose dimensions are: 2,85×2,00×4,50 m y 2,80×1,80×3,80 m. These last two can allow visits.


  • O7. What storage capacity is needed for the ecclesiastical archive?
    The parish archives are not very broad. A piece of 10.00 m2 would be enough, provided with a table for research consultation.


  • O8. Could you provide us with images of the cloister?
    We share three below: