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Walter Menteth

Walter Menteth

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  • Comment on: Regeneration chief backs design contest for HS2's Old Oak station

    Walter Menteth's comment 31-Jul-2015 11:14 am

    This enlightened approach to UK infrastructure is welcome and long overdue. Lets hope Victoria Hills get the government, GLA and professions full support to opening up the opportunities for achieving best quality and value at this important hub which represents such a major long term future investment. To deliver the best results from such a design contest needs the full engagement of a top rank competition programmer.

  • Comment on: HS2 chairman's 'depressing' view of design slammed

    Walter Menteth's comment 22-Jul-2015 3:36 pm

    Good design is about the intelligent use of resources to add value. It is extremely depressing that David Higgins does not understand best value nor perceive the opportunity to deliver enlightened infrastructure of the highest possible quality that might also provide some distinction. The opportunity should be taken to have multiple design contests for HS2 infra structure, not only for bridges, but right down to signage and carriages etc to ensure that this project delivers an exemplary outcome for the country.

  • Comment on: Poll: architects say new schools fail to make the grade

    Walter Menteth's comment 2-Apr-2015 11:36 am

    AJ great for highlighting this atrocious lack of quality and social value with the governments PSBP. evidences EFA’s anti-competitive procurement supply chain. Design, quality, engagement, choice, & competition required to deliver excellent schools can’t be delivered in a context where the EFA’s procurement is also centrally captured, controlled and driven by these anti-competitive construction practices. The problem extends well beyond design, brief and budget. The EFA PSBP programme is dysfunctional and should be scrapped

  • Comment on: International competition launched for Preston bus station

    Walter Menteth's comment 25-Feb-2015 3:01 pm

    Delighted to hear it will be a Design Contest - and the choice will be on the quality of design not on financial or other such criteria! Expand use of Design Contets and view new Design Contest Guidance published here

  • Comment on: Local architects blast ‘totally inappropriate’ beach huts PQQ

    Walter Menteth's comment 20-Jan-2015 11:22 am

    Another shocker! Inappropriate procurements like this are being actively investigated by The Cabinet Office Mystery Shopper Service (; but only in response to reports submitted to them. It is important therefore that the profession continues emailing complaints about all bad practices on a frequent basis if we are to ensure better future practices. They are responsive. The New Public Contract Regulations 2015 although delayed are due to come into force within the next 2 months. Neither PI or turnover will become mandatory requirements to bid. But old (bad) risk averse habits will likely die hard.

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