A series of essays by 17 distinguished architects, competition organisers, scholars and commentators in 22 chapters, covering 11 countries. The case studies, project data, discussions and interpretive glossary, that together include reflections on historic, contemporary and future competitions and their practices, opportunities and potential, in Europe and beyond, offer a valuable resource, practice compendium and unique insight into competition culture.
Hardcopies of the publication are available from Project Compass for £25.00 by emailing ProjectCompassCIC@gmail.com.
A pan-European survey of architectural competitions providing: 1) data on numbers and typologies; 2) practical info. on international portals, regulations and critical discourse and 3) country case studies providing commentary on the architectural culture within each state. These survey results by Architectuur Lokaal, in collaboration with A10 new European architecture Cooperative and Project Compass were launched and discussed at the Competition Culture in Europe, Conference 28 – 29 September 2017, Amsterdam.
Properly run design competitions are a rarity in the UK construction sector. This document sets out why Project Compass believes that design contest procedures can achieve exceptional design value, encourage innovation and delivery high levels of quality without exposing the commissioning client to unnecessary risk. The report makes a number of recommendations on how such good design competitions, both above and below the OJEU threshold, should be run and what policies may be adopted to sustain them better and expand their use. It provides a step by step guide to running design contest procedures and describes some new and innovative practices that can be considered, along with sources of further advice, additional resources and links.
The ‘Portsmouth Elephant Cage’ was an innovative programme that emerged through an experimental open cross disciplinary competitive procedure, based on ‘parallel commissioning’ (Design Contest Guidance. p.39). Briefings, international research and case studies from wide sources informed alternative strategic designs for Portsmouth’s sea defences.
This report provides an evaluation of the proposed sea defences, provides a programme summary and following the findings proposes a resilient design alternative delivering more sustainable long term benefits. The new vision is illustrated and recommendations are made to adopt improvements.
The programme was organised by Project Compass with Dutch partners Architectuur Lokaal in Nov. 2016 and March 2017. The report is by director Walter Menteth and published by Project Compass CIC, it is distributed under ‘The Island City papers’ imprint here.
A Project Compass report into the trends in public procurement in the UK construction industry during the period 2009-2014 which evaluates the trends in UK public sector architectural design procurement for commissions that come within the remit of the European Union Directive 2004/14 and its threshold values over the last five years (2009-14).
Project Compass CIC has captured over 12,000 OJEU notices, generating entities to cover all notice types in all procedures and under all instruments with frameworks, lots and their contents. This data has been interrogated and a range of concerns for the architectural profession in the UK, such as market access, evidenced.
This Project Compass report is a synopsis on UK architectural competitions, that forms part of a comparative evaluation, stocktaking and exploration of Competition Culture in Europe. The analysis undertaken is with a view to researching the opportunities and potential expansion of alternative innovatory European practices, and for furthering their implementation over the period 2017-2020 as part of the Competition Culture in Europe programme.
This report by Project Compass CIC on the Thames Garden Bridge explores issues around TfL’s procurement of the Bridge Design Services (TfL 90711 Design Services) and Temple Bridge Lead consultant (‘TfL 90001 Task 112 Temple Bridge’) contracts awarded in 2013.
As Making Government business more accessible to SMEs: two years on highlighted, SMEs are making a valuable contribution to the Public Sector Supply chain, helping to reduce costs and increase innovation.
However, SMEs are still often being discriminated against when attempting to participate in the Education Funding Agency’s Capital School Building programme; Perplexingly, the issue seems to be due either to faulty procurement practices or to the procurement team not fully adhering to Cabinet Office Procurement Policy Notices and wider regulations.
This brief report has been written to highlight how Regional Contractors
Framework procurement has failed and how the situation moving forward
could be improved to increase accessibility of contracts to the SME
thefulcrum.eu: Collaboration UK <>NL
TheFulcrum.eu is the result of a close collaboration between Project Compass CIC and Architectuur Lokaal which developed forward from 2013 and was established in 2015. Europe does not have a single public construction procurement portal but a number of national, regional and commercial sites. Thefulcrum.eu is the result of a collaboration between both organisations that now draws these together from thirty-nine European states.
By providing architects across Europe a single architectural competitions portal theFulcrum.eu dramatically raises market transparency and provides a forum for sharing knowledge and improving practices. Fulcrum.eu represents significant progress towards providing better public insight into the European market for architecture. The service was extended further in 2019 to reach all the European countries now listed and is maintained by Architectuur Lokaal.
A list of the portals announcing calls for architectural design contests and competitions from 33 European countries along with international websites can still be directly found on our website HERE. Below the EU thresholds design contests and competitions are not usually published on Tenders European Daily (TED) but many may be found here.
The following publications provide further tools and references for those seeking better design procurement. Where noted these are made available under a creative common (CC BY-ND) licence. Those by RIBA remain © Royal Institute of British Architects and they request that in any referencing a link to www.architecture.com be provided. Others are available only from the publishers
Published by RIBA in 2016, Ten Principles for Procuring Better Outcomes, clarifies how public client organisations can get better possible outcomes when they procure architectural services.
As a result of poor procurement practice or lack of in-house expertise, public clients often don’t get what they expected and communities don’t get the buildings they deserve. This provides guidance on how effective public procurement that prioritises good design outcomes can maximise the social, environmental and economic benefits of development so it can be designed to serve its intended purpose, be efficient to build, maintain and operate, and have a positive impact on the community it serves. (Under a creative common (CC BY-ND) licence)
This EU project partnership with French, Spanish, UK, Czech and Italian participants included Walter Menteth Project Compass director. The project aims to improve opportunities and procedures for all architects, especially young professionals, through better understanding, knowledge sharing and collaborative strategies which address the European design competition system. Research on the common priorities and objectives for public and private competitions is reported along with recommendations for architects and European policy makers for improving access, quality, practice experience, effectiveness and efficiency, digital migration and integration, transparency, knowledge and reduced risk in competitive processes that can increase opportunities, contributing to growth, innovation, value and sustainability along with better competition processes both nationally and across Europe.
The Project Results APPENDICES include 1. A Glossary of terms; 2. GreenArch partnerships, participants and involved organisations; 3. Case Studies: include five on Design and construction case studies; three on competition programming and five others on research, portals and the engagement of young architects; 4. meeting presentations
GreenArch Project Report (July 2015). Authors: Paola Boffo, Walter Menteth, Julie Fernandez, Cécile Fridé, Ilham Laraqui, Marianne Tartarin, Roberto Secci, Silvia Brandi, Ana Marti Serichol, Igor Kovačević, Karin Grohmannová, Yvette Vašourková
Published in 2012, Building Ladders of Opportunity was the output of the RIBA‘s Procurement Reform Group set up by then President Angela Brady, chaired by Walter Menteth and with Russell Curtis Project Compass directors.
The document highlights some of the principal concerns with how public buildings are currently commissioned in the UK and makes recommendations as to how reform could stimulate growth in the economy. This report impacted reforms of Directive 2014/24/EU and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. (Under a creative common (CC BY-ND) licence)
Published in 2012 in the suite of reports output by the RIBA’s Procurement Reform Group these Case Studies evidence practice and highlight some specifically identified issues. All references to more detailed recommendations in this document are to recommendations in ‘Building Ladders of Opportunity’. (Under a creative common (CC BY-ND) licence)
The RIBA commissioned Mirza & Nacey Research to conduct an on-line survey amongst architectural practices during the period January to February 2012. This report, published in 2012 in the suite of reports output by the RIBA’s Procurement Reform Group, sets out the results of the survey. An RIBA viewpoint responding to the findings is set out in the lead report ‘Building Ladders of Opportunity’ and ‘Procurement Case Studies’. The survey ascertained a number of professionally detremental findings, in detail and for the first time. (Under a creative common (CC BY-ND) licence)
Published in 2012 this independent report, commissioned by the RIBA from Burges Salmon LLP, examines the comparative implementation of the EU Public Procurement Directive, as it relates to the appointment of architects and the procurement of buildings in Germany, Sweden and the UK, and in the context of some of the RIBA’s key procurement reform recommendations set out in their report ‘Building Ladders of Opportunity’. (Under a creative common (CC BY-ND) licence)
Response paper: on the Modernisation of EU Public Procurement Policy towards a more efficient European Procurement Market
This response to the EU Green Paper Consultation from Walter Menteth Architects, the RIBA Small Practice Public Sector Procurement Working Group and the RIBA, was prepared by Walter Menteth on behalf of the group. This 2011 report describes a range of issues for architects relating to the EU procurement system along with its interpretation and application at national level that are believed require urgent reform. It provides industry data, evidenced examples with discursive background, and proposes key opportunities for the comprehensive reform thought necessary. This EU response paper impacted reforms of Directive 2014/24/EU, the Public Contract Regulations 2015 and precipitated establishment of the RIBA Procurement Reform Group in furtherance of some of the described objectives. (Under a creative common (CC BY-ND) licence)
The Competition Grid: Experimenting With & Within Architecture Competitions (Theodoru. M., Katsakou A. (eds) RIBA Publishing, 2018. Project Compass Director Walter Menteth contributed Chapter 10, ‘E-Procurement Delivering Better Design Competitions’ in Part 3-‘Experimenting with Architectural Competitions’. “This is an engaging and extensive review of architectural competitions. Merging the immediacy of practitioners’ competition experience and the rigorousness of scientific writing, each section features comprehensive research and lively discussion from an international set of experts.” Available from RIBA Publishing.
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