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Public Procurement Policy 2018 guide

A new and updated PUBLIC PROCUREMENT POLICY 2018 guide covering directives, regulations, policies and guidance relating to the procurement of services, supplies and works for the public sector was issued by Crown Commercial Services on March 26, 2018

The Aldous Retentions Protection Bill of 27 April 2018

The Aldous Retentions Protection Bill of 27 April 2018 is now being supported by more than 60 Trade Bodies. As notified by Project Compass previously it was first moved in Parliament in January.  Peter Aldous MP who is moving the bill said of this need for reform:  “This coalition of support shows the urgent need…

New Study: the Cost of Competing

Project Compass has embarked on an ambitious research project to establish the cost to the profession of entering design competitions and tenders in the UK. We are asking practices to contribute their experiences of completing PQQs, tenders and competitions in order to build up a picture of the total cost to the industry of winning…

Central Government Framework Agreements Survey

Frameworks bedevil SME Design Professionals so please take this opportunity to complete this survey here on Government Framework Agreements to communicate your views and help formulate better policy for SME access & engagement, before the 31st of March deadline. The survey results will be reported on Project Compass in due course. The letter transcribed below sets out the…

Procurement threshold values from 1 January 2018

Procurement threshold values from 1 January 2018 for Public Contracts are revised. These revisions are biannual and are showing an increase in the GBP values due to fluctuations in exchange rates over the previous two years. These are the new threshold values which now apply generally in construction under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Small…

Open Call for the Venice Biennale 2018

PLEASE NOTE: the deadline for submissions has now been extended to 23 March 2018. Short illustrated articles on your experiences of architectural competitions in Europe are invited for the Venice Biennale 2018. This Open Call is part of a project that aims to improve architectural competitions and  design contests by appraising comparative performances, procedures and outputs…

Project Compass Newsletter December 2017

The Project Compass Newsletter December 2017 highlights some of our activities  over the past 18 months, the publications that have been output, a procurement trends report and our anticipated future activities. Information on our exciting programme and the range of new activities we plan may be of particular interest to all our supporters and site…

Peter Aldous MP’s Jan. 2018 Bill to protect retentions

Peter Aldous MP will introduced a Parliamentary Bill on 9 Jan. 2018 to protect cash retentions in a retention deposit scheme (similar to a tenancy deposit scheme). Project Compass invite you to write to your local MP to express your support for this. This is an important initiative being promoted by the Specialist Engineering Contractors Group…

Letter to Len Duvall, Chair – GLA Oversight Committee

Dear Len Duvall Re: Reporting oversight on the Garden Bridge Regarding the GLA Oversight Committee meeting of 11 October 2017 on the Garden Bridge we are writing to ask your committee to consider moving to clarify a relevant issue that is raised. This relates to how design propositions that benefit the public estate can be…

Call for ‘bottom up’ enablement by regulatory clarity

Following investigations into London’s Garden Bridge nineteen architects have written to the Chair of the GLA Oversight Committee, calling for better ‘bottom up’ enablement of public services through regulatory clarity. “There is now little motivation for design professionals to initiate and nurture projects from inception as almost invariably the original designers will be preclude as the…