Project Compass director gives keynote address at RIAI Conference 2018

Project Compass director Russell Curtis has given a keynote address at the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) Annual Conference where he discussed the challenges of public procurement in the UK and how Project Compass is campaigning for reform to improve the dire situation experienced by most architects bidding for work in the public sector.

Russell provided a brief overview of the current state of public procurement of buildings, drawing on data from the RIBA “Building Ladders of Opportunity” report from 2014, together with some thoughts on whether failures in commissioning might have contributed to the Grenfell tragedy.

He went on to describe how the Mayor of London is committing to improving public procurement through the Good Growth agenda, including the replacement London Plan and the Mayor’s Design Advocate panel, and how elsewhere in Europe new forms of tendering are opening opportunities for innovative, smaller practices to access significant projects in the public sphere.

Most of the documents referred to in the talk can be downloaded from our publications page here.