Assembly meeting

Getting to the bottom of the Garden Bridge

24 February 2016

This meeting took place on 25 February 2016. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here.

The GLA Oversight Committee has held three meetings to scrutinise the Garden Bridge project [1].

In December last year, the Committee wrote to Keith Williams, Chair of Transport for London’s (TfL) Audit and Assurance Committee about the final published internal audit into the design contract. 

The letter questioned how decisions were made to remove or dilute critical statements and why the audit appeared to switch focus from fairness and transparency to value for money considerations.

This meeting will examine TfL’s internal audit of the Garden Bridge procurement process, specifically the award of the design contract to Thomas Heatherwick Studio. 

The guest is:

  • Keith Williams, Chair TfL Audit and Assurance Committee

The Committee will also discuss the Mayor’s Fund for London.  The guest is:

  • Matthew Patten, Chief Executive Officer, The Mayor’s Fund for London

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 25th February from 2.00pm in Committee Room 5, at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

  1. 17 September 2015 - The GLA Oversight Committee examined the procurement of the Garden Bridge’s design contract with Richard De Cani, Managing Director of Planning at TfL, Will Hurst, Deputy Editor of Architect’s Journal and Walter Menteth of Walter Menteth Architects.  22 October 2015 - The GLA Oversight Committee discussed TfL’s internal review of the procurement process with Clive Walker, Director of Internal Audit.  17 December 2015 - The GLA Oversight Committee met with the Mayor of London (and Chair of TfL’s Board) and the TfL Commissioner to discuss broad strategic issues which had been raised by its past work. Richard De Cani was also on the panel.
  2. Full agenda papers.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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