Welcome to Project Compass

ProjectCompass CIC a new free easy access e-procurement service for architects and clients, providing current UK construction-related OJEU tender notices, data, research, resources and guidance.

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Project Compass Design Contest Guidance

Project Compass CIC has published its Design Contest Guidance for the appointment of Architects and Design teams.

Click here to download or order a hard copy of the document.

Cover of Project Compass CIC Design Contest Guidance

About Project Compass CIC

Fulcrum presents a rolodex of current OJEU notices arranged from green to red ordered by the time available to submit responses, with filters for notice types, procedure, award criteria, project location and date. This connects to the issued notice and delivers to your desktop free automatic alerts based on your criteria with or without a calendar feed.

Sesame provides transparent analysis, tables and visualisations of notice data since 2008, from our comprehensive database. Many variables can be tracked and interrogated including client type, winning organisations, location, size, value, date and project type. This offers industry up to date market research covering processes, procurement histories and outputs.

Compass delivers clear recommended best practice procurement guidance along with resources. This supports better and more competitive access with simpler more intelligent commissioning processes.

Our activities address the need to change UK construction procurement practices because they are evidently inefficient relative to our continental competitors operating under the same EU Directives.

UK Procurement has frequently been gold-plated, disproportionate, inappropriate, unduly complex and incapable of addressing risk proportionately.  High UK procedural costs have been driving further contract aggregation and denying market competition, particularly for micro and SMEs businesses. 

Denying competition impacts on cost, quality, innovation, growth and long term economic benefit by constraining business progression. It increases expense for all, whilst reducing choice, competition, potential and value. 

In ‘Compass’ we aim to highlight the many advantages and flexibilities some alternative approaches to procurement can offer to increase understanding of the potential. Their appropriate use can lead to considerable benefits in cost, value, quality and time.

By providing direct links to sector specific public contract notices ‘Fulcrum’ improves transparency and accessibility, reducing time and cost for competitors. To make informed judgement links permit competitors opportunity to review a contracting authority’s procurement history and background. 

When you read notice details we encourage you to respond in our ‘comments box’ to those which fall short, are erroneous, discriminatory, and disproportionate or unduly reduce competition. These comments can be used to petition for amendments and redress before the notice deadlines, whilst providing market feedback for future client guidance.

ProjectCompass CIC is a not for profit organisation. Users are invited to make a donation to support its member’s commitment and ensure the facility maybe sustained and expanded over time.

Latest News

The Portsmouth Elephant Cage reports on Southsea common

11 June 2017

Following conclusion of the 2 stage of ‘The Portsmouth Elephant Cage’, a programme organised by Project Compass and our Dutch partners Architectuur Lokaal (Nov’16 and March ‘17), a new Project Compass report, summarised the findings, and synthesising an alternative strategic design for Southsea common and its frontage has been published. 

Written up by Director Walter Menteth, this is published by Project Compass, is being distributed under ‘The Island City papers’ imprint, and is available HERE.

 

The international programme took research evidence from wide sources and case studies. The report examines and evaluates the sea defence proposals for Portsmouth’s Southsea common and found that a better solution having wider benefits was entirely possible and feasible and such an alternative is described and illustrated.  The report also recommends actions forward to address the apparent shortfalls with the existing proposals.

 

AMSTERDAM NEEDS HELP TO BUILD 50,000 HOUSES IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS

29 May 2017

Don't miss the Final Call for Registration submissions

The registration deadline for Europan Netherlands 14 

Open call for Architects and Urban Planners: Help Amsterdam build 50.000 houses in the next 8 years. Europan has 5 key development sites available. First prize: €16.000 + paid design assignment & active support by established mentor. All shortlisted designs will be exhibited and published. for further details: http://www.europan-nl.eu/news/

Register your participation before June 19th as its now in less than one month!

A synopsis of UK Architectural Competitions Practices & Trends

21 March 2017

Project Compass CIC have published a newly commissioned report covering UK architectural competitions that forms part of a comparative evaluation, stocktaking & exploration of European competition culture. It includes some case studies & has been undertaken to collate info. to further research the opportunities & potential expansion of alternative innovatory European practices. PCompass director Walter Menteth has written on some of the findings from the case studies seperately in further detail HERE.

An Essential Guide to Public Procurement: Better Prospects & More Opportunities

17 January 2017

PCompass director Walter Menteth will be delivering an RIBA CORE CPD PROGRAMME in 14 English cities over 2017 entitled ‘An Essential Guide to Public Procurement: Better Prospects & More Opportunities’. These seminars are Open to the Public. Details of dates & venues close to you are available HERE

The seminar will cover: the background & context; the new regulatory environment; Understanding a competition, the notice and brief  Pre market engagement; RIBA Ten Principles for Procuring Better Outcomes; Competitive bidding; The question of how change in procurement culture with better competitive processes and practices can be embedded, will also be addressed.

The seminar will provide: an update on public competition reforms, the principles & contributories, as well as efficiency & effectiveness, SME access & levelling the playing field.  The RIBA Ten Principles for Procuring Better Outcomes will be detailed, including advice on encouraging consortia bids from smaller practices, tips on consultant capability assessment, & selection of suitable building contracts.  Competitive bidding & the bid itself will be explored, including do's & don’ts on practices strengths & weaknesses, content & tone of responses to a tender invite, & identifying pass/fail areas, as well as understanding learning opportunities from the tender evaluation stage & feedback.

The European Single Procurement Document

8 January 2017

The European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) came into force on 26 January 2016, is now aligned to UK procurements and its digital implementation across Europe will be completing in 2017 - What more do you need to know and do? Read more here.

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