New bus for London (1)

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please set out the exact tendering process that was carried out before Heatherwick Studio was appointed by TfL to design the bodywork and interior of the New Bus for London.


Answer for New bus for London (1)

Answer for New bus for London (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Wrightbus were awarded the contract to design and build the whole vehicle following a full and competitively-tendered process. The earlier public competition, open to all, generated the designs and ideas for the new bus.

Heatherwick Studio was selected to act as an "intelligent client" on behalf of TfL in relation to design aspects of the New Routemaster following an appraisal of its work, approach to industrial design and involvement in other innovative projects. The services required were "speciality design services" for which a competitive process was not required under the relevant procurement regulations.