Project Compass Design Contest Guidance

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.

A range of recommended practices are described for how such good design competitions, above and below the OJEU threshold, should be run and what policies may be adopted to sustain them better and expand their use.

This publication 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 for additional advice, resources and links.

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.

A range of recommended practices are described for how such good design competitions, above and below the OJEU threshold, should be run and what policies may be adopted to sustain them better and expand their use.

This publication 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 for additional advice, resources and links.

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