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Comps insider: Mayor of London framework due

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If you’re the kind of architect who saves the emotional rollercoaster of competitions for the ones that really matter, we have a classic London bus scenario for you

After months of excruciating waiting, not only have two very important framework opportunities arrived simultaneously, but one is actually with Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor of London.

Affectionately known as the Architecture, Design & Urbanism Panel (ADUP), the £35 million framework is the profession’s essential gateway to a treasure trove of TfL and City Hall commissions in the capital over the next three years.

Among the 60 architects appointed to the previous panel were established firms including Studio Egret West and 2013 Stirling Prize-winner Witherford Watson Mann, alongside emerging studios such as Assemble which went on to win last year’s Turner Prize.

The latest slimmed-down framework features a new lot dedicated to residential architecture, and is likely to be tasked with making a reality of mayor Sadiq Khan’s electoral pledge to boost the supply of ‘genuinely affordable’ homes in the capital.

Although an exact date has yet to be confirmed, procurement is expected to begin imminently and a supplier information day has been scheduled for 10 November. Interested parties should contact lornebelcher.CPT@tfl.gov.uk as soon as possible to book a place.

The second major lifeline on the horizon is Scape’s £7 billion National Construction Framework, which covers a range of large and small schemes with public bodies across the UK.

Previously tendered to a single contractor, the four-year agreement has been split into five separate lots covering England and Northern Ireland combined, Wales, Scotland and the entire country at two larger scales of project.

The new configuration has been launched a year after the organisation tendered its £350 million consultancy framework, and provides an additional opportunity for regional firms to join the supply chain. So reach out to any local contractors you think may be bidding now.

Interested parties have until 1pm on 12 December to apply.

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