The design quango's publication Design quality and the Private Finance Initiative, released on Friday, claims that the vast majority of PFI buildings commissioned to date have not been designed and built to a high enough standard.
The watchdog believes that qualitative improvements are urgently needed, and has outlined the barriers preventing the delivery of design quality in PFI.
Inexperienced clients lack an understanding of the need for high-quality design;
Bidding consortia's design teams only have limited opportunities to work closely with the client during the bid stages of the PFI process;
Clients frequently set unrealistic budgets;
Design is still under-weighted in the evaluation process to assess 'best value';
Value engineering and the pressure to produce design quality early frequently compromise the quality of design.