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RIBA review proposes radical competitions office overhaul

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The RIBA is planning a radical reform to its Competitions Office, turning it into a service that will more closely resemble a client procurement advice centre.

The new strategy was the key outcome of a series of review findings unveiled at the RIBA Council meeting in Manchester yesterday.

The review - carried out under the guidance of Clare Wright of Wright & Wright Architects - recommended the service be rolled out to a wider marketplace.

The findings praised the service and suggested the immediate aim of the Competitions Office should be to:

continue to enhance best practice;

promote the service more widely;

expand and work on a more profitable basis.

The expanded service will include the recruitment of more competition advisers to expand the service, and increased advice on contractual agreements.

Developer Tom Bloxham of Urban Splash said he backed an increased service. 'It's never easy to pick a winner and be sure that you've picked the right one.

'But the more help and objectivity we employ, the more likely we are to get the best results, and the results are what really matter, ' he added.

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