Garden Bridge

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…

Public Interest Challenge & Garden Bridge

Public Interest Challenge & Garden Bridge Oversight. Transcribed below is a letter submitted by Project Compass to the GLA Oversight Committee calling upon them to consider better regulatory policing by means of a Public Interest Challenge for framework procurements, in specified circumstances. “Dear Len Duvall, Further to the recent GLA Oversight Committee mtg. of 11…

Procurement reforms at TfL after Hodge Review

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…

Good riddance to the Garden Bridge

Good riddance to the Garden Bridge: an eye-watering waste of public funds Walter Menteth article originally published 11 May, 2017 in     With one swift blow, London Mayor Sadiq Khan confounded plans to construct a leafy walkway above the River Thames. By refusing to guarantee further public funds, the mayor leaves the Garden Bridge project with…

Flying by the seat of their pants

  (Walter Menteth article originally published September 13, 2016 on LinkedIn Pulse) There have been significant recent revelations about the Thames Garden Bridge in London and the Garden Bridge Trusts structure and funding. These reveal the Trusts near exclusive reliance on public funding, which reputedly amounts to £30m from Transport for London, £30m from central government, along…

The crescendo of Thames Garden Bridge opposition call for an independent inquiry

Following Project Compass’s detailed submission of critical evidence into the procurement of design services for the Thames Garden Bridge to the GLA Oversight Committee 17/9/15, and the subsequent Project Compass Thames Garden Bridge Procurement Report 02/16 examining both procurements of design and project management/engineering services, a significant number of other further fundamental concerns have been brought to light.…

Muddy Waters “Jobs for the boys”

London’s proposed Thames Garden Bridge (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.