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After the Thames Garden Bridge debacle and in response to the Hodge Review, on 17 July TfL Board were invited to approve a series of recommendations for governance changes to increase oversight and effectiveness of their procurement activities. This follows on from a number of other previously implemented changes also made public HERE. Whilst this represents progress following the Project Compass report into the ‘Thames Garden Bridge Procurement Issues’ (feb 2016) we will continue to work forward on the need for further reform of procurement governance, practices, procedures and opportunities, particularly for design professionals, both across London and elsewhere.
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.
The programme organised by Project Compass and our Dutch partners Architectuur Lokaal ran between Nov’16 and March ‘17.
(Walter Menteth article originally appeared in January 31, 2016 on LinkedIn pulse)
From all that is now known about the Thames Garden Bridge it has become increasingly apparent that this project represents a turning point. Its entire procurement is characterised by corruption that is tainted by nepotism and collusion.