procurement

Listen. Let’s Talk

A weekly show hosted by urbanist Donald Hyslop in conversation with the Project Compass Directors, architect, writer and planner Walter Menteth and architect, Cultural and Public Art consultant Bridget Sawyers. Broadcast on Resonance FM “The best radio station in the world” episode: 07:00, Wednesday 2nd June 2021. Through a variety of jobs in the creative…

‘Transforming public procurement’

In Dec 2020 Gov. published its Green Paper on ‘Transforming Public Procurement’. This is intended to shape the future of public procurement for many years to come. They propose to comprehensively streamline and simplify the complex regulatory framework. The parallel rules in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, the Concession Contracts…

Architectural Design Competitions

A Key Policy Tool to Ensure Quality in the Built Environment Full Press Release transcript from the Conference on International Design Competitions organised by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE), 25 October 2019. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Declaration Architectural design competitions (ADCs) are among the most effective ways to…

Competition Culture in Europe: Voices

Competition Culture in Europe: Voices is now available in hardcopy from the RIBA bookshop This publication comprises a series of essays by distinguished architects, competition organisers, scholars and commentators in 22 chapters on architectural competitions. The case studies, project data, discussions and interpretive glossary, that together include reflections on historic, contemporary and future competitions and…

Survey Results on UK Government Framework Agreements 2018

Results from the survey to discover if SMEs found the widely adopted Framework Agreement a simple and rewarding process for winning new business from government are now reported below and available HERE. The survey has been run on behalf of the Frameworks Working Group, a part of the independent SME Advisory Panel advising on central…

Architects face insurance wake-up call post-Grenfell

As Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance costs rise following Grenfell fire, Project Compass Director Russell Curtis joins calls from the profession for the shift to Integrated Project Insurance (IPI). “Now more than ever it’s surely time to consider alternatives,” .. “Integrated project insurance (IPI) is beginning to gain momentum among some enlightened clients as this leads…

Northern Ireland is now open to fixed fee tenders

In N. Ireland methodologies on the procurement of design, where lowest price is no longer the determining factor have now been agreed between the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD), the RSUA & the construction sector (announced Sept. 2018). This halts the race to the bottom. Under the pilot all construction services contracts to be awarded by…

The Competition Grid: Experimenting With & Within Architecture

  The Competition Grid: Experimenting With & Within Architecture Competitions   (Theodoru. M., Katsakou A. (eds) RIBA Publishing, 2018. Project Compass Director Walter Menteth has 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…

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