Awarding of architectural contracts

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1212
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The awarding of contracts by Design for London to architect firms appears over a number of years to have included a relatively small number of firms. Can you give an assurance that the correct process of advertising future contracts and inviting tenders has always been carried out to the highest standards and that active steps have been taken to ensure that tenders are sought from the widest range of architect companies?

Answer

Answer for Awarding of architectural contracts

Answer for Awarding of architectural contracts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, I can state that procurement undertaken by the GLA, and formerly by the London Development Agency (LDA), is conducted in a transparent manner and, in accordance with published guidelines. No-one has presented me with any evidence to contradict this.

Design for London was transferred to the GLA from the LDA in March 2012. After an internal review, its functions have now been assimilated into the work of the GLA Regeneration team.

To further reassure you, following the transfer of the team from the LDA and, to ensure we continue to promote the very highest quality architecture, public realm, urban regeneration and sustainable development in London, I am setting up a new Architecture, Design and Urbanism consultants' procurement panel. This will be a joint GLA and TfL panel rigorously procured in line with GLA and EU processes and will be an important tool available to London boroughs, housing associations and other public sector organisations involved with the built environment in the capital.

Having gone to some efforts to streamline the application process for the Panel to ensure SMEs in particular are able to participate, I am pleased to confirm we received close to 1100 applications from 388 practices across the 14 advertised lots in the framework. Regeneration officers are leading a multidisciplinary to oversee the shortlisting and eventual award of the Panel. This investment is testament to the importance I place on working with high quality firms through effective and transparent procurement processes to achieve the best results for London.