Procurement guide: Better Prospects & Opportunities

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 questions as to 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

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.

The Portsmouth Elephant Cage

Designs will be presented to the public & stakeholders from this unique Anglo-Dutch architectural, landscape & engineering competition on Friday 25 Nov. from 5.00 – 7.30 at The Portsmouth School of Architecture, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth.

These designs provide a range of best practice Dutch and UK options and proposals for the Portsmouth and Southsea frontage that respond to climate change induced rises in sea level.  The work is also intended to inform and advance sea defence design strategies faced by other low lying coastal cities. Details of the competition brief can be found here.

You are welcome to attend.

This competition is being organised by Project Compass with our Dutch partners Architectuur Lokaal & the Portsmouth University School of Architecture. If you wish to organise an Elephant Cage contact Project Compass.

Brexit Briefing for Architects Aug. 31, 2017

Project Compass has published a Brexit Briefing for Architects outlining the likely impact of the European referendum on public procurement in the UK. We will endeavour to update you when clarification becomes available as to how international trade in professional services will be impacted by any new trade agreements.

Read the briefing here.

Update: As of December 17, 2017 no trade agreements have yet been entered into but there has now been confirmation of a transition period which would appear to ensure continuity of the existing procurement framework and its ongoing alignment with the EU for a further two year period.

Construction Industry Summit, 20-21 Sept 2016

Project Compass Director Walter Menteth & Patron Angela Brady PPRIBA will be at ‘Buying Smart-Better Procurement’ in this years Construction Industry Summit 20-21/9.Walter will addressing how the G Cloud framework & European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) models provide the construction industry significant opportunities.

Further details here.

Cambridge University drops turnover bar for firms competing for masterplan

Read here the AJ report on one recent success that follows an initial representation to Project Compass by one of our supporters.

The Cambridge University agreed to cut the minimum turnover requirements in its biomedical campus contest and extend the deadline. This follows pressure from Project Compass and the RIBA and representations made to Mystery Shopper and the University.

Following this intervention Project Compass/RIBA intervention, the turnover threshold (previously min.£5m) was reduced to £3.5m. & the deadline for responding was also extended to 19 Aug. 2016, to allow practices previously excluded from the process time to prepare a submission.

Project Compass will help advise and support those seeking to challenge poor procurement practice.

Project Compass Newsletter May 2016

Project Compass Newsletter May 2016
May 2016 Newsletter

The Project Compass Newsletter May 2016 reports our outputs, activities and uptake, and includes some summary trends analysis along with our anticipated programme.