From the flagship tree to the community concerts and other associated events, we see the future of Sydney Christmas as immersive and memorable. Sydney Christmas should feel festive to our residents, but also captivate crowds internationally. While many of our residents cherish traditions at this time of year, we are looking for a contemporary and technologically innovative vision that reflects our diverse city.
High quality public spaces, public furniture and lighting are essential to civic revitalisation and Christmas time is an opportunity for the public to spend more time in vibrant, meaningful spaces.
The concept should have impact in the summer heat and glisten at after the sun sets. The concept should be malleable and adapt to new scenic elements, activations and events. We are looking for all decorative elements to reflect an identifiable character, but also stand alone as objects of beauty.
For some, Sydney Christmas is an outdoor concert on a balmy night. Others may like to participate more, so proposals should suggest technology that ensures public engagement. Equally, consideration should be given to sustainable practices, including recycling, repurposing and energy saving lighting.
We welcome design and/or artist-led teams working independently or in collaboration with other design and delivery specialists (for example, to look after fabrication and manufacture). Proposals from all disciplines are welcome, as the brief spans creative direction, an understanding of site-specific installation, maintenance and storage of materials and more.
The City of Sydney works with partners, businesses and stakeholders to encourage footfall in the city centre, create business opportunities for retailers and demonstrate design excellence.
Stage One: Expression of Interest (EOI)
Propose an outstanding idea that fulfils the intentions of this brief. Concept development is most important at this point. The City will be shortlisting up to five bidders that satisfy the evaluation criteria to proceed to Stage 2, in which they will be invited to respond to a Request for Tender (RFT).
Stage Two: Request for Tender (RFT)
Up to five bidders will be shortlisted by the evaluation panel to respond to a RFT and paid $10,000 each to develop their proposal. In addition to further detail on the creative concept, the RFT will include a plan for the manufacture, installation, dismantle and storage of materials, major installations and decorations. This stage allows all shortlisted bidders to refine their Stage 1 proposal.
Stage Three: Implementation and Delivery
Upon acceptance of the tender and the recommended bidder’s proposal by the City, the bidder and/or team, will enter into an agreement with the City and begin concept development.
Enquiries may be submitted by either:
– The online forum accessed at www.tenderlink.com/cityofsydney
– By e-mail to the Council’s Tendering Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply for this tender, you need to first register for City of Sydney electronic tendering: www.tenderlink.com/cityofsydney/
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