Information architecture

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Sally Hamwee
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In relation to MA 2906 - what was the reason for the waiver of the GLA's Contracts Code of Practice in the appointment for the review of the information architecture


Answer for Information architecture

Answer for Information architecture

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Information Architecture review is a significant step in the development of a rebuilt portal website for London. The review is therefore part of a much larger project and it is essential that the review is completed during the early stages of the next stage of the portal project - the development and deployment of a new Content Management System.Based upon the project team's estimate of the value of the information architecture review, ten quotations were requested in line with the Contracts Code. The quotation process resulted in four quotes being received, all of which were in excess of the initial estimate of the contract value. The difference between the estimated contract value and the value of the quotations was greater than the tolerance level in the Contracts Code and consequently a waiver was sought in line with the Contracts Code to approve the award of a contract to Nomensa.The value of the quotations had also taken the value of the contract over the threshold for advertised tenders, however if Legal had required the project team to undertake an advertised re-competition because of the difference between the estimate and the value of the quotations, the review would not have been completed within the requisite timeframe. The importance of completing the review to timetable combined with the competitive process followed by the project team to appoint Nomensa formed the basis for Legal's granting of the waiver.